SA and Kenya sign deal at Cannes

Both countries hope to have an African Filming Competition in the near future.

FILE: The 66th Cannes Film Festival. Picture: Nadia Neophytou/

CANNES - South Africa and Kenya are set to make movie magic together, it was announced at the Cannes Film Festival.

The two countries signed a deal on Sunday which formalised collaboration between filmmakers.

Kenya's Film Commission Peter Muti said the deal was beneficial to the continent's film industry as a whole.

"I've seen the way we are displaying Cannes, but if you look at the presence of the rest of the world and it's slightly overwhelming. Let us come out and be as strong as possible showcasing what we can do."

The South African National Film and Video Foundation's Zama Mkhosi agreed.

"There is great potential for us to partner as African countries."

Both hope to have an African filming competition in the near future.

Meanwhile, Over R9 million worth of jewels were stolen near the festival.

French police said the jewels from one of the festival's main sponsors, Chopard, were taken from a hotel room of an employee who works for the Swiss jeweller.

The jewels were meant to be loaned to celebrities for daily red carpet premiers.

According to police, the goods were stolen from a safe in the Novotel Hotel, a short walk away from where the screenings are taking place.

The police were investigating the burglary, which took place on Thursday night.

Coincidentally, a film about high school students stealing luxury goods from celebrities premiered at the festival.