South African production company, Big World Cinema and leading South African distributor, Ster Kinekor Distribution have announced a new partnership where Ster Kinekor will distribute a slate of six of Big World Cinema's films over the next 3-4 years including four feature films and two feature length documentaries.
Further to the distribution deal, Ster Kinekor will consider each project's investment potential. Big World Cinema will continue to bring new projects to Ster Kinekor beyond the slate of six.
This partnership is the culmination of 12 months of negotiations between the two companies. Big World Cinema has produced and executive produced award-winning features, docs and shorts such as Inja (Oscar nomination), Boy Called Twist (Cannes 2005) , Beyond Freedom ( Berlin Competition 2006) , Husk ( Cannes Competition 1999) and Project 10 (Sundance, Berlin). Ster Kinekor is the leading distributor and exhibitor in Southern Africa and the key distributor in promoting South African content.
Helen Kuun, Marketing and Acquisitions Manager for Ster-Kinekor Distribution said: "This partnership serves to further strengthen Ster-Kinekor Distribution's strategy to secure a significant number of homegrown releases for release to the South-Africa consumer on an annual basis. We believe that this arrangement with the producers of Big World Cinema will further stimulate the delivery of relevant projects to South-African audiences on a sustainable basis, and thereby support the development of local content."
Steven Markovitz and Platon Trakoshis, producers of Big World Cinema said: ''This partnership creates an important platform for our films in the Southern African market. This development is adding considerable momentum to these films and further confidence amongst investors and funders. We will continue to develop films that have commercial viability and artistic merit for South African and international audiences''