The 13th annual South African Film Festival Canada (SAFF Canada) brought together hundreds of viewers across the country in person and virtually this November. The festival not only provided a platform for 20 diverse films that entertained and informed, delving into South Africa's culture, history, and politics, but it also served as a cornerstone for Education without Borders' (EwB) fundraising efforts. The festival raised over $45,000, all of which will directly contribute to supporting EwB educational initiatives in South Africa and Indigenous youth projects in Canada. As we look back at this year’s festival, we’d like to acknowledge and thank everyone that makes SAFF possible. This includes our generous donors, sponsors, cultural, community and co-presenting and venue partners, volunteers, the organizing committee, ambassadors, filmmakers, and, of course, our incredible audience – your enthusiasm and support are the heartbeat of SAFF.
People’s Choice Awards
We are pleased to also announce the People's Choice Awards. Viewers had the opportunity to rate the films they watched, and we extend our congratulations to the top films in each category and thank our viewers who voted.
Top Feature: Sink
Top Documentary: J'Accuse!
Top Shorts: Section 16 and Desmond's Not Here Anymore
Honourable Mentions: Rise: The Siya Kolisi Story and Category: Woman Festival Bonus Content Bonus content from select films is now available on the South African Film Festival YouTube channel. Subscribe today, and check out our bonus content from Section 16, The Long Journey of Clement Zulu, J'Accuse!, Call Me Miles, Measures of Men, Category: Woman, and In Darkest Hollywood.
Thank you for joining us at #SAFF23. SAFF will be back in 2024. About SAFF Canada The South African Film Festival was founded in 2011 in Vancouver, and has since grown to annual festivals held in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and the United States. To learn more about SAFF, visit: www.saffcanada.ca or sign up for the SAFF Canada newsletter here.