The inaugural Cape Town Eco Film Festival took place at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street in Cape Town, South Africa from Thursday the 27th of March to Monday the 31st of March 2014.

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The Festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping,  a non-profit collective committed to bringing documentaries with important social, environmental and political themes to South African audiences. It featured 24 world-class documentaries covering a wide range of environmental topics and offering insights and inspiration for change. Each screening was followed by a facilitated audience discussion to encourage festivalgoers to tackle the challenges highlighted in the films personally, as well as promoting public debate and raising awareness about important local and global environmental issues.

The Festival was a fantastic success and will be back in 2015. 

Thank you Cape Town, for your enthusiastic support!


(Pics: Claire Gunn)


5 responses to “

  1. Anonymous

    Looking forward to participating at the 2014 event.

    Byron A. Martin

  2. Hello Friends

    I thought you may be interested to hear of the synergies between us. We’re in the KZN Midlands and are planning our first ‘Queen of the Sun’ and ‘Seeds of Sovereignty’ Film Festival 21-23 March 2014 in Howick – see

    The purpose of the proposed event is to share with a broader audience in the uMngeni area several interesting, exciting and challenging films that show us the way to a more positive future.

    The festival will include locally made films as a way of promoting young filmmakers, guest speaker/s, and awards in recognition of individuals and organisations who are promoting sustainable living. There will also be a seed ceremony involving an exchange of heirloom/traditional seeds to symbolise the important role seeds play in our lives.

    We also thought it would be good to include a visit to a functioning home garden. We are hoping to get some funding to translate Seeds of Sovereignty into Zulu. It would be wonderful to screen this important film in English and also in Zulu.

    The intention is to keep this initial film festival small and manageable with the vision of growing it organically into an annual event.

    It would be great to keep in touch and perhaps share lessons learned following our respective events.

    Best wishes,
    Karen Zunckel

    Founder | Sustainability Consultant
    VERDANT LIFE | KZN Midlands Sustainability Forum
    Hilton | KwaZulu-Natal | South Africa
    Tel: +27 33 343 1739 | cell: +27 83 235 8628 | Fax to Email +27 86 517 5582
    e-mail: | web: | | @VerdantLifeKZN | Google+

    – See more at:

  3. Hi Karen

    Your festival sounds fantastic!

    Good luck with it and yes, we’d love to share experiences and learnings.


  4. Hi eco-noclasts! :)

    Ever thought of branching into awarding budding novelists and/or journos who inventively infuse environmental awareness into their works?

    BTW, is it permissible to mention CT Eco Film Festival in a novella?

    Below is my, er, attempt (?) at mildly eco themed socio-political commentary set in University of Free State, Bloemfontein:

    Both belong to a generation of Born Free (thinkers), but are from completely different backgrounds. She’s a control freak, and political correctness isn’t quite her strong suite. True to type, quiscence is his mantuary.

    Free download/share.


  5. Pru

    Hi – I am a health enthusiast on every level and concerned hugely about our environment so well done for taking the initiative with the wonderful work you are doing and putting it ‘out there’ for educational reasons to the caring public. Well done and good luck !!! Pru Harrington

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