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Issue 19: Showcase issue

Welcome to the first-ever Itch Showcase Issue, which is being published ‘live’ from Berlin during the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

The focus on this Showcase Issue is African filmmakers: those past, present (and future) cineastes that have been connected with Berlinale in some way. The festival, one of the world’s most prestigious, has long-running ties with African cinema, and in particular with the Durban International Film Festival, South Africa’s oldest and largest film festival. Indeed, Talents Durban, a programme designed to introduce the upcoming generation of filmmakers to the industry, came out of its sister concept – Berlin Talents. We therefore felt this was a great opportunity to connect with and showcase the work of the continent’s brightest talents while they are in Berlin.

So the issue is made up of submissions from the relevant filmmakers that they feel represents them or highlights some of their recent or current work. And stay tuned for live updates to the issue – including new written and audio-visual submissions – as Berlin Talents progresses this week.

We hope you enjoy this new concept in Itch publishing, and we encourage you to tweet us or comment on our Facebook page telling how you feel about it – and which artists or creative sectors you’d like to see represented in future Showcase issues...

In the meantime, warm regards from icy Berlin!

Elan Gamaker