'Shepherds and Butchers' withdrawn from DIFF
Producer Anant Singh and director Oliver Schmitz announced on Tuesday, 31 May, the withdrawal of their film Shepherds and Butchers from the Durban International Film Festival.
Speaking from Berlin, Schmitz said, “It is with great regret that I support the withdrawal of Shepherds and Butchers from the Durban International Film Festival. I had high hopes of premiering Shepherds and Butchers in Durban. It has been the most respected South African festival for me for years, and it was with pride and joy that I looked forward to showcasing our achievement specifically in the festival.”
Schmitz added, “Films like these are a labour of love and made with intense commitment and sacrifice by many people over many years. I would expect a festival, especially when it has promised a gala event around the film, to cherish it as much as we do. I do not feel this is the case with the screening slot offered.”
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Source Screen Africa 1st June 2016