SEA POINT DAYS WINS BEST EDITING PRIZE AT NEW ZEALAND FEST

Continuing its successful festival run, SEA POINT DAYS, a feature-length documentary film by Emmy award-winning South African filmmaker Francois Verster, won the Best Editor prize at the prestigious DocNZ Film Festival on Wednesday night, which runs at different cities throughout New Zealand during February and March. The film was also a finalist in the Best Cinematography category.

First-time editor Verster expressed much surprise and happiness at this award, especially since he was up against world-renowned editors such as Dane Nils Pagh Andersen. He however noted that “much of the credit should go to my co-editor Stefan Sundlof, who edited many of the best sequences, to edit consultant Peter Neal, and to composer Peter Coyte, upon whose tracks many parts of the film were built.”

The film, produced by Lucinda Englehart and Neil Brandt of Luna Films, looks at life at Cape Town’s Sea Point promenade and at its municipal pools. SEA POINT DAYS not only celebrates this unusual and beautiful space, but also paints a deeply reflective picture of old white South Africa in transition and the frictions of a society in flux. It appeared on more than one “top ten of the fest” lists at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and was described as “a beautiful, troubled and incisively critical epitaph to a not-quite-departed world.” It is due to be launched in Cape Town over the next few weeks.

SEA POINT DAYS was funded by ITVS International, the Jan Vrijman Fund, Visions Sud Est, the National Film and Video Foundation and Spier Films.

For further information contact Neil Brandt (neil@lunafilms.co.za) or Lucinda Englehart (lucinda@spierfilms.com).
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