Exploratory Short Films made in S.A.

Exploratory Cinema from South Africa

This is the heart of the iMPAC Festival – a curated collection of locally produced innovative short films that explore the possibilities of the moving image.


Exploratory films are idea-driven, low-budget animated or live action shorts where filmmakers are free to develop innovative ideas, geographically appropriate content and fresh filmmaking techniques without the pressures and demands associated with big budget/studio filmmaking.

These films explore the possibilities of the audio-visual medium and challenge popular and conventional modes of viewing cinema. “Exploration” can be in terms of innovative technology, experimental live action and animated content, groundbreaking performance, unusual technique, cutting edge comedy, provocative documentary, and genre blending experiments in image and sound. Building audiences that understand the medium at a more substantial level is as important as building filmmakers that seek a meaningful engagement with the medium specific to their location and culture.


Boy under the sea (1:36) – Created by Jason Chamberlain

Cherry Tree (3:03) – Created by D J le Roux

Coke Ad (1:12) – Directed by Gerhard Pistorius

Dead Girls (4:09) – Directed by Daniel Botes, Caitlyn Hamilton-Hoskins, Janene Oosthuizen

Don’t Fence Me In (4:45) – Directed by Robin Burke

God Went to the Sea (5:00) – Directed by Jaco van der Merwe

Goodies Gone (3:19) – Directed by Louis Ciliers

Grandma’s house (3:03) – Directed by Rochelle Regard

Kim Kardashian is Dead (10:49) – Directed by Jaco Van der Merwe

Konstellasie-Kaart (04:00) – Directed by Jaen Kleynhans

Moist (1:11) – Directed by Hannah Hamilton

Mojo (1:16) – Directed by Wihann Strauss

Pink (2:53) – Directed by Olivia Mortimer

Playing Pong (2:30) – Directed by Marius Jooste

Shack (2:28) – Directed by Michael Leask

Splice (2:30) – Directed by Nicolas Crysanthou

The Cheese (3:00) – Created by Shane Stone

The Lost Boys (1:57) – Directed by Michael Nel

Till Death Do Us Part (7:40) – Directed by Annerie Bothma,  Jacinda Barker

Valhalla (07:06) – Directed by Daniel Marais

Event Details

Name Exploratory Cinema
Date Fri 18 Aug 16:30