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Palm Springs International Film Festival January 2016

While You Weren’t Looking, the multiple-award winning début feature film directed by SATFA winner Catherine Stewart, has been selected for the Pan African Film Festival (4-15 February in Los Angeles), the most prestigious African Diaspora festival in the United States. It has also been selected for the New York African Film Festival which plays at the Lincoln Center in May of this year.

This follows its selection at the Palm Springs International Film Festival where is was described as “A striking departure from anything we have seen in South African cinema.”

While You Weren’t Looking has already picked up four international awards – among them two European Audience Awards (Pink Apple, Zurich and queerfilm festival Bremen), and two American jury awards (Best Narrative Feature Film, Tampa Bay International G&LFF), and a deserved Best Director (Long Beach Qfilm festival) for Catherine Stewart.


The film stars exceptional award-winning local talent – actors and musicians. Fezile Mpela, Sandi Schultz, Petronella Tshuma, Camilla Waldman, Thishiwe Ziqubu and Lionel Newton give stellar performances, supported by music tracks from Toya Delazy, Batsumi, Tumi and The Volume, Melanie Scholtz, Falling Mirror, Mr Sakitumi, Zaki Ibrahim, Manouche and Umlilo. Added to this is Amelia Henning’s stunning cinematography and exceptional Cape Town locations.

The National Lotteries Commission was the principal funder, with additional finance from the Department of Trade and Industry, and a grant from The Other Foundation. While You Weren’t Looking was produced by Out In Africa.

After a successful national run at Ster Kinekor, The Labia and sold out performances at The Bioscope last year, While You Weren’t Looking is having a second run at The Bioscope in Johannesburg (22-27 January 2016) and is one of three features selected for the African Film Programme at That Art Fair organised by Art Africa magazine in the last week of February 2016 in Woodstock, Cape Town.


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