What to expect at the 5th Garden Route Film Festival taking place 3 – 6 August 2023

Venue The Diaz Hotel, Mossel Bay.

Have you always been interested in learning more about the film industry?

Have you always dreamed of working in the film industry, whether as an actor, stuntman/woman, cameraman/woman, location scout, director, producer, screenwriter or are you interested in film tourism, working with drones or the art department? Then the Garden Route International Film Festival (GRIFF) is for you!

This annual celebration of creative expression, education, new technologies and media in the film industry is not to be missed!

What’s even more exciting is that many of these workshops can be found are FREE and ticketed events are affordable, giving everyone the opportunity to learn and discover what’s going on behind the scenes of film and film tourism, as well as the opportunity to educate themselves and reach for the stars!

With representatives from over 30 countries, GRIFF supports emerging and established filmmakers worldwide and encourages community participation and learning through innovation.

The live event includes workshops and seminars, as well as many opportunities to meet and share, while the online option provides access to some podcasts and seminars, as well as streaming video.

The youth programme, industry programme and workshops are mostly free, and guest speakers include a number of experts and enthusiasts from South Africa and overseas. We are super excited to be having the award nominated Hollywood actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim attending GRIFF this year.

Supplied Hollywood Actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim attending GRIFF this year

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from these film industry trailblazers: GET YOUR GRIFF ON AND YOUR FREE WORKSHOP PASS AT https://gardenrouteinternationalfilmfestival.com/shop/

Industry Programme

Guest speakers include:

Lala Tuku – Sabc Head of Local Productions Video Entertainment

Desiree Tan – Commissioning Editor – Premium Channels M-Net

Quentin Krog – Commissioning Editor | Premium Channels – Scripted Content | M-Net

Brent Leo- Smith – CEO & Co-Founder of Painted Dog Tv Topic: The Benefits of Virtual Travel in Tourism and Conservation.

Dominic Taylor – Associate Director – Ginkgo Agency and Beautiful News

James Byrne – Co-Founding Director | International Tourism Film Festival Africa Topic for Industry Program: Film Tourism / Content Creation on The Run

Janet Pillai – CEO Multilayer Trade Corporation Topic: Tourism and Film.

Azania Muendane – Founder | Locations Africa Topic: Marketing Locations

Jp Lieveaux – Professional Location Scout Marketing and Promotions Manager |

Loren Pavitt – Capenature Topic: Natural Cinematic Wonders: Exploring Capenature’s Stunning Locations

Maggie Mutangiri – CEO & Founder of Travel Africa Network

Monica Rorvik Head: Film and Media Promotion Unit – Wesgro

Patrick Walton – Chairman – Garden Route Film Commission the Garden Route – Endless Possibilities

Sphesihle Dlamini – Location and Facilities Specialist

Operations & Strategy / Public Officer – Writer’s Guild of South Africa

Thea Aboud – Publicity Manager | Freelance Ernst Swart Topic: PR Is a Thinking Game!

Lisa Mini – Project Manager – Film and Media Production Unit | Wesgro Founding Owner – Towerkop Creations

Uga Carlini – Topic: Through the Lens: Unveiling Heroines – A Candid Journey into The World of Female Driven Filmmaking.

Doné Louw Manager – Nmb Convention Bureau Manager | Edta

Topic: Nelson Mandela Bay Locations – Something New

Songezo Boyisi – Investment Specialist – Eastern Cape Development Corporation Topic: How to Access Eastern Cape Film Investment Fund

Elani Pretorius -Director and Coach – Ace Models Mosselbay & George

Nerusha Maharaj-Sadapal – City Producer – 48 Hour Film Project 

Youth Programme 

Grenwille Jae Jantjies a young man from the small town of Heidelberg in the Western Cape whose life completely transformed when he attended just one workshop

It’s Time to Make Your Dream Come True with This Years Youth Programme!

Learn The Skills to Make You Employable in The Global Film & Television Industry. Our Practical Approach Will Prepare You for The Rigors of The Industry and Challenge You to Go Out to Create.

Drone workshop – CEO & Film Producer | Skypixels RIAAN HUYSAMEN Topic: Drones: Revolutionizing Industries and Capturing Unique Perspectives

POSTPRODUCTION for film – Director and Owner – Little Brother Media Productions PETRI KLEYNHANS

Summary: In this session Petri gives participants in the youth program an introduction to POSTPRODUCTION. 

Stunts – Sword Fighting for the Movies

FOUNDER – istunt Academy JOHN SMITH

Summary: Basic course on sword fighting for action sequences in films.

Acting for the camera –

Soap Actor / Acting Coach JACQUES GOMBAULT

Studying film at afda –

COO – AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) HENRIETTE DE VILLIERS

Introduction to Scriptwriting

Part-time Trainer | Writers Guild of South Africa


Summary: In this workshop session students will get a crash-course in scriptwriting while writing their own short script.

Critical Industry Skills and Job Opportunities

Industry Training and Development Manager – NFVF

LERON ADONIS. Summary: A discussion on critical skills to learn for success in the film job market.

Creative film making

Director – Garden Route Film Commission LETITIA CUNNINGHAM

Summary: Over the course of the GRIFF, 10 selected candidates from age groups 16 to 20 with different backgrounds and NO EXPERIENCE will form experimental film crews.


Director and Owner – Lwazi Duma Entertainment LWAZI DUMA

Introduction to Digital Filmmaking.

Operations Manager – Panavision South Africa


Movie showings:

The Garden Route International Film Festival will include top-notch movies in a variety of genres, supplying pure fun for moviegoers.

There is something for everyone, including documentaries, dramas, experimental, feature films, music, sci-fi, short, and student films.  Do a movie marathon after buying a day pass for as little as R75. Please share your favourite movies with us, as they could win at The Garden Route International Film Festival.

Check the schedule of the tickets https://gardenrouteinternationalfilmfestival.com/category/0all-movies/.

Green Carpet Occasions

Left to Right – Cornelle Carstens, Deon Lensing, Karen Grey

For the opening and closing nights of The Garden Route International Film Festival, walk the green carpet. It’s time to get fancy and mingle.

Dress is Black Tie, and the ticket price includes admission to the movie and wine tasting on the opening or closing nights.

Drive In

“Ag Pleez Deddy Ag pleez Deddy won’t you take us to the drive-in”.

Join us at the Drive-In at Diaz Beach for the following Movies: Entry is R100 per car.

Ticket to Paradise

Marry Me

Puss in Boots

RIPD 2: Rise of the Dammed

Dates and time available on our website programme


Themed Evenings:

We have the following themed evenings that are not to be missed. 

Music of the Movies:

Music of the Movies Quiz with prizes to be won!

Join us for film, A Star is Born, preceded by a Wine tasting and “Music of the Movies” featuring a selection of songs from classic movies. Enjoy some of the most beautiful songs ever written for film, performed acoustically to please your appreciative ear. 

Denim and Diamonds

Dress-up according to the theme – there is a prize for best dressed.

Join us for the screening of a cult classic, Footloose, preceded by a wine tasting and local acoustic artist Marius de Bruin performing some of Niel Diamond’s most classic hits.

Platters can be ordered in advance form Diaz Hotel by emailing Ann gm@bahiableu.co.za. 

Virtual Garden Route International Film Festival. 

Are you not in the Garden Route area? No problem as The Garden Route International Film festival even has a virtual movie pass giving you access to watch all the movies from the comfort of your home for the duration of the festival.

It’s almost time for Lights, Camera, and Action, so we hope to see you there.

Go to www.gardenrouteinternationalfestival.com for more information and to sign up or buy your tickets. For more information, contact Belinda at admin@knysnafestivals.co.za  074 4562253.

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