As promised we will give audiences a clearer idea of the premiere month for our film, Woodwind.
Film festivals only reveal their program schedule about three or four weeks before the start, so Fin Pictures will only have an exact premiere date and city fixed in July or August. This is when the festivals will confirm selection, but Fin Pictures is already confident that the very first screening, the world premiere of Woodwind should then be in September or October.
The reason is that Fin Pictures decided not to submit for those festivals in June or July, and prefers the best options from September. The actual city will depend on the selection committees, and also which one is preferred by director Fin Manjoo. Whichever one it eventually is, we are not allowed to reveal until the official press conference.
Even though the editing of the film was done in March, Manjoo’s taken extra time in the past few weeks to reflect on and perfect every second of the movie. The final Digital Cinema Projection (DCP) copy is only going to be made in May.
Fin Pictures had long estimated that September would most likely be the premiere, but the surround sound and mastering was finished earlier so they could get an earlier screening.
Manjoo wants the premiere to be overseas and for this reason, Fin Pictures hasn’t sent the film to South Africa’s Durban International Film Festival 2017, which is in June. The director grew up in Durban and misses the city after leaving 18 years ago. Though Durban audiences would probably have to wait for June 2018. There are other South African festivals (in Cape Town) in October 2017, which is a possibility for a local premiere.
Fin Pictures wants to prioritise a good international circuit run before coming home to South Africa. So, they haven’t decided where to enter locally yet. It is only after that that distribution deals for regular public cinema is likely to be tied up. South Africa usually tends to be slower, reaching screens six to eight months after international runs.
Fin Pictures will aim for the fastest possible dates but as always one has to be patient to wait through each process.