In 2001, South Africa didn't have a single film at the festival but this year is a different story. With a record four feature films in the shortlist for the grand prize, South Africa is sure to pose serious competition to the other entries. The only other country with that many finalists is the host, Burkina Faso.
Apart from the features shortlist, there are at least five other South African films showing at the festival with another six entries in the documentary and video categories of the competition.
This is probably a reflection of what is happening back at home with the country's vibrant film industry supported by the South Africa Film Council. The recent Cape Town World Cinema Festival saw a record turnout, a marked improvement on 2004. The turnaround has been helped by the new clutch of South African films that have plied the international film festivals in Venice, Berlin, Gothenburg, Rotterdam and Toronto. These have raised the profile of the South African film industry.