SA movie, Hard to Get, to be screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas

Thishiwe Ziqubu plays Skiets in Hard to Get.

Thishiwe Ziqubu plays Skiets in Hard to Get.

Hard to Get, the 2014 action film by Zee Nthuli, has been invited to Fantastic Fest, which takes place in Austin, Texas from September 24 to October 1.
Fantastic Fest is well known within film circles as the largest and most respected genre festival and market, specialising in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world,.

Hard to Get director Zee Ntuli will travel there as an invited guest of the festival and attend press events and Q&As of his film’s screening.

Hard to Get was produced by Junaid Ahmed and Helena Spring and is being sold internationally by AAA Entertainment, who will also attend the event as representatives for the film to any interested North American buyers. Genre films are rarely produced in South Africa, making the achievements of the team behind Hard to Get even more impressive.

Says AAA’s head of sales Pascal Schmitz: “It’s rare for South Africa to produce genre films, especially those that travel, and Hard to Get has a great chance of finding distribution in North America through its selection at the Fantastic Fest.

“AAA Entertainment is focusing on genre films and proud to be representing Hard to Get internationally and we believe it will pave the way for other South African genre films in the future.”

Hard to Get is a South African action thriller that was selected to open the 2014 Durban International Film Festival. More recently, lead actress Thishiwe Ziqubu won the Simon Sabela Award for best actress held at the Durban ICC. The award honours fresh talent within the acting industry more specifically in the KwaZulu-Natal region and followed her South African Film and Television Awards win in March, also for best actress.

First time director Zee Ntuli’s gamble on the action-romance genre has been highly rewarded since the film’s release and this invitation to attend Fantastic Fest is the latest highlight. He told “It is a huge honour to represent my whole team and the work we have done at such an exciting and prestigious festival.”

Speaking about the role of genre films within the South African market, he said: “I think there is a huge gap in terms of South African films within the genre film space. The very positive response from audiences that the film has had locally and not just internationally, is reflective of a hunger here in South Africa for locally made genre films. I am very interested in fulfilling that need.”

For more information on Hard to Get visit and for more on Fantastic Fest visit AAA Entertainment can be found at or

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