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Thursday, October 14, 2021


Films are, of course, the heart of any film festival. But an important allied component are the special events which allow enriched engagement with the films, the topics raised in the films, and connection to the filmmakers themselves. Alongside the screening of 18 new films showing online and without cost at the 8th European Film Festival are a series of insightful Live Zoom panel discussions, Filmmaker Q&As, Community Events and Schools Programmes.



Friday, October 15: 18h00 to 19h00

Breaking glass ceilings for women in film – the challenges, the accomplishments, the journey. How far have we come, how far still to go…

Discussants: Agnieszka Holland (Charlatan), Antoinette Beumer (My Father is an Airplane), Zanele Mthembu (Sisters Working In Film and Television – SWIFT)

Moderator: Bongiwe Selane (Happiness is a Four-Letter Word)


Monday, October 18: 18h00 to 19h00

Sense and sensitivity in education – a conversation with Mr Bachmann

A new approach to teaching and inspiring our youth?

A discussion between Dieter Bachmann (Mr Bachmann and His Class), Prof Mary Metcalfe (former MEC for Education, current Senior Research Associate, University of Johannesburg), and Andisiwe Hlungwane (Teachers CAN).

Moderator: Dr Rene Smith (Media and Culture Studies Academic, Durban University of Technology)


October 19: 18h00 to 19h00

The Bright Side: surviving the journey

Ruth Meehan (The Bright Side) and Anthea Lewis (Global Hero of Hope/ CANSA coordinator) discuss personal journeys and survival strategies.

Moderator: Rosie Motene (Waka Talent Agency)


October 20: 18h00 to 19h00

A Film about Life, Death and Money

Directors of Save Sandra - Jan Verheyen and Lien Willaert - in discussion with health and education activist Mark Heywood (editor, Daily Maverick Citizen) about a family’s struggles against the pharmaceutical industry to gain access to medicine for their daughter.


October 21: 17h00 to 18h00

Humour, Healing and Messaging – thinking while smiling

South African comedian Riaad Moosa leads the discussion featuring Michela Andreozzi (Parents versus Influencers), Uje Brandelius (Run Uje Run), Michael Kreihsl (Risks and Side Effects) as they unpack the use of humour as a form of messaging, and humour as healing.


Go to Special Events page on and simply click on the session at the appointed time.


The European Film Festival 2021 is a partnership project of the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa and 17 European embassies and cultural agencies in South Africa: the Embassies of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the British Council, Camoes Institute of Portugal, Diplomatic Representation of Flanders, French Institute in South Africa, Goethe-Institut, and Italian Cultural Institut. The festival is organised in cooperation with Cineuropa and coordinated by Creative WorkZone.