Ster stirs local slate in S. Africa

Distrib-exhib pacts with prod'n co. to kickstart local projects

JOHANNESBURG — Leading South African distributor-exhibitor Ster-Kinekor and Cape Town-based production company Big World Cinema have negotiated a distribution deal as part of Ster-Kinekor’s strategy to stimulate the development of local product.

Under the pact — the result of nearly a year of negotiation — Ster-Kinekor Distribution will release six Big World films over the next three to four years, including four features and two feature-length docs. Ster-Kinekor also will look at each project’s potential as a possible investment.

Big World will continue to bring new projects to Ster-Kinekor beyond the initial slate of six.

Big World Cinema has produced or executive produced award-winning pics, including shorts “Inja” (Oscar nom) and “Beyond Freedom” (Berlin competition 2006) and feature “Boy Called Twist” (Cannes 2005).

Helen Kuun, marketing and acquisitions manager for Ster-Kinekor Distribution, said: “This partnership serves to further strengthen Ster-Kinekor Distribution’s strategy to secure significant homegrown product for release to the South African consumer on an annual basis.”

Steven Markovitz and Platon Trakoshis, producers at Big World Cinema, said: ”This partnership creates an important platform for our films in the Southern African market and will give investors and funders confidence in our projects. “

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