The first ever Knysna Film Festival is happening from the 29 October to 2 November 2019.

The festival will be screening award winning South African Films such as Oorgang, Whispering Truth to Power, Rhino Cup, The Last Victims, Dying for Gold and many more.

The festival has confirmed 42 films over the duration of the festival. There will be 120 screenings over the days of the festival in three precincts: Knysna Waterfront, Thesen Harbour Town and The Premier Resort The Moorings.

The films showing are a mixture of genre and come from all over the world.

We are very excited by the number of submissions we received for our first festival and the support from the stakeholders.” says festival Director Patrick Walton.

Programme of Events

Opening Night Premiere Tuesday 29 October

The Knysna Film Festival will open with the Festival Premiere of Fiela Se Kind on Tuesday 29th October 2019.

This is an exclusive event ticketed only and tickets are available on Computicket.

Wednesday 30 October Programme of Events

Wednesday marks the first full day of events starting at 10h00.

The first screening at Turbine Hotel & Spa takes places at 11h00 showcasing District Six: Rise From The Dust. View more details below.

Thursday 31 October Programme of Events

Friday 1 November Programme of Events

Saturday 2 November Programme

The final night will be the Awards Gala event with cocktails, a Green Carpet and the closing film, Stroop.

The Awards Gala and closing film will take place at The Premier Resort Hotel on Saturday 2 November 2019. The closing film is one which has done incredibly well on the International Festival circuit.

This is also a limited ticket event.

Knysna Waterfront Open Air Cinema

The Knysna Waterfront basin will be transformed into an open-air cinema with a 300” Screen.

Seating will be available around the edge of the basin which can be accessed with a festival pass or a day pass. First come first serve is the name of the game with no reserved seating.

In addition, the organizers welcome audiences to “BRING YOUR OWN LILO” and enjoy the movies from the water.

Unfortunately, no under 13 permitted. There will be a lifeguard on duty.

  • Knysna

    WED 30 OCT 20h00
    A regular guy, content with his small town existence, group of friends and eccentric grandparents has his life is thrown upside down when he falls for a beautiful stranger.

  • The Perfect Wave

    THU 31 OCT 20h00
    A LOVE STORY with four key pillars; a young man’s love for surfing, adventure, a mothers love for her son, a young man falling in love for the first time, Gods love.


    FRI 1 NOV 20h00
    Getting into all kinds of trouble is their family trait. What else can you expect from those raised among trolls?

  • Fanie Fourie’s Lobola

    SAT 2 NOV 20h00
    Complications ensue when an Afrikaans man and Zulu girl fall in love. The traditional custom of “lobola”, or dowry, makes things even more difficult for them.

Other Movies Showing

  • Stroop

    In making this film about the rhino poaching crisis, I initially thought it would be all about the rhinos, but it’s actually become about the people around the animal.

  • Homebound

    Homebound is a survival story set in one of the world´s biggest refugee camps following 8-year old, Xidig and his brother Saliim.

  • Wildland

    Wildland  is a deeply personal account of a single wildland firefighting crew. What emerges is a rich story of working-class men — their exterior world, their interior lives and the fire that lies between.

  • Baxu And The Giants

    Baxu lives a peaceful life with her family in rural Namibia. She learns that her brother started poaching rhinos and she has to decide to stay quiet or listen to the rhinos who she talks to in her dreams.

Find your tickets on Computicket here. 

Central to the Knysna Film Festival, Turbine Boutique Hotel offers the perfect base from which to experience the pleasures of the silver screen. Join us at the Turbine Hotel & Spa on Thesen Islands for convenient and tranquil accommodation.

Have a look at our Specials Page and book online or email us at We look forward to welcoming you to the magnificent Garden Route of South Africa.

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