Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Khumba: From the Karoo to New York

For the first time in its 30 years running, an animated script has been accepted into the Independent Film Week. Khumba is one of three South African projects that will participate in the No Borders International Co-Production Market in New York from 14th to 19th September. The event offers opportunities to pitch to sales agents, financiers and distributors in a series of one-on-one meetings.
No Borders is the only international co-production market in the US, connecting US and international narrative projects at the script stage with financiers and buyers. Khumba, a Triggerfish production, tells the story of a half-striped zebra who leaves his herd on a daring quest when he is blamed for the drought affecting the Great Karoo. The concept which won the “25 words or less competition” in the Zero to Hero category in 2006 has been developed into a screenplay over the last 2 years by Anthony Silverston and Raffaella Delle Donne in close association with the NFVF and the UK Council. International script editor Camilla Bubna-Kastelitz has provided invaluable feedback and advice along the way. Among the other projects at the market are Howl executive produced by Gus van Sant and The Nightingale directed by Mark Bamford of Cape of Good Hope fame. The other South African projects are Lara Foot Newton’s And there in the Dust and Helena Spring’s Karoo Boy.
Formerly known as the IFP Market, Independent Film Week™ is qualitatively and quantitatively the best and biggest venue for financiers, sales agents, and distributors to discover new works-in-progress from experienced, producers and directors, as well as new voices on the independent film scene. The six-day event consists of: the Independent Filmmaker Conference; free public screenings of films by IFP alumni and emerging short filmmakers; and the Project Forum, a pitch meeting showcase for over 150 works-in-progress. It is presented by IFP, America’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers. Pin It

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