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Knysna Film Festival 2019

Calling all filmmakers and movie enthusiasts to the Garden Route, the Knysna Film Festival is the creative collaboration of organizers and associated partners that embrace diversity in film. With Knysna considered an exceptional destination for all things arty and culturally enriching, many film students and movie buffs are at the edge of their seats in anticipation of this festival. This 5 day event will take place from Tuesday, 29 October to Sunday, 2 November 2019.

The Knysna Film Festival will offer local filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their productions to an engaged audience, in a beautiful settings that attract tourists from across the world. By hosting this captivating festival at Knysna’s alluring Thesen Harbour Town, local and international visitors will be drawn in, from filmmakers to industry professionals and the public. Come with an open mind and be prepared to experience film from a different perspective.

There will be small pop-up cinemas located across Thesen Island, Premier Resort the Moorings and the Knysna Waterfront, meaning that your Garden Route Family Holiday just got more exciting! Come through and attend, with many attractions and restaurants close by, waiting to be discovered.

Over recent years, the Garden Route has emerged as a flourishing film industry destination and talented filmmakers are presented with the chance to network with those who share a passion for filmmaking. By getting involved with the community and exposing filmmakers’ creative efforts to captivated and excited audiences of varied interests, this event opens up a platform for discussion and gives insight into the behind-the-scenes filmmaking processes. The festival allows those attending to experience the most exciting aspects of the film festival as well as discover the surrounding beauty with a myriad of incredible Garden Route activities on offer.

12 Cinemas will be placed throughout Knysna’s Thesen Island, showcasing an unique selection of premieres, short films and feature films for the duration of the event. A spectacular and diverse range of films across an array of genres awaits those attending – “experience is everything” has been the mantra used among the festival organizers from the beginning, as this will be the first of many. The Knysna Film Festival will play a massive role in developing the Garden Route’s film industry, even uplifting the local community and employing local youth with training provided by the event’s partner, iKasi Media.

iKasi Media is also hosting the festival’s Outreach Program, which aims to create awareness and empower local learners by engaging them in a variety of practical film related activities. The project for learners is to create a short, on location film around Thesen Harbour and the Knysna Waterfront, gaining valuable experience and being exposed to creative film makers and producers. During the festival, these learners will be following a program of activities, starting with screening, events and audio visuals and ending with the short film project and attending festival workshops.

As you enjoy your time in Knysna, make the best of the start of summer sunshine and experience some of Garden Route’s most enticing attractions. Indulge in the Best Sundowners in the Garden Route, enjoy incredible Garden Route Wine Tastings at wine farms in the area, explore the sea with Ocean Odyssey Whale and Eco Tours, visit hte famous Knysna Elephant Park, enjoy Golf in the Garden Route at Simola and Pezula in Knysna, breath in the fresh air by enjoying one of the Top Hiking Trails in the Garden Route or visit Plettenberg Bay a mere 20 min drive from Knysna for a unique experiences at Keurbooms River Stand Up Paddle Boarding and to explore The Crags.

For all your accommodation enquiries, contact Hello Garden Route – Your Friendly Experts in Garden Route Getaways. We have some exceptional Knysna Holiday Accommodations to choose from. Our team of experts are well versed in all things Garden Route related and can also assist with Car Rental, Tours & Transfers and Activity Bookings to complete your vacation experience!

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