Recognising Excellence in Film, Rapid Lion Film Festival.

Bringing never before seen films to South African soil, the South African International Film Festival, otherwise known as the Rapid Lion Film Festival, will be screening works that are as diverse in genre as the countries they hail from. The idea behind the festival and the Rapid Lion awards was to bring showcase and recognize African excellence, both in the continent and in the diaspora. The brain child of Eric Miyeni, the festival is the culmination of the combined efforts of amongst others the South African Department of Arts & Culture, The Market Theatre and the embassies of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China), all countries which have a rich history and influence in filmmaking and cinema. Lwando Notshe attended the inaugural Rapid Lion Film Festival, where she caught up with amongst others, festival director Eric Miyeni.