TheĀ Film Critics Association of South Africa (FCASA) was founded in 2009 by Stephen ‘Spling’ Aspeling.

The organisation was established as a result of a growing number of film critics in South Africa, an influx of feature film productions in the local film-making industry and a greater prominence on the international circuit.

Wanting to create an association for local film critics to connect, FCASA is designed to foster a sense of community and offer an unfettered perspective on the local film scene. You can connect directly with South African film critics from this hub if you’re wanting to hire, interview or invite comment.

The South African film industry is one of the oldest on the planet dating back to 1895 at the time of Edison’s Kinetescope and Kinetophone. As new talents emerge, it’s our mission to identify and help publicize new local stars across every film department.

South Africa’s become recognised for films like Gavin Hood’s Oscar-winning Tsotsi, Oliver Hermanus’s Moffie, Jahmil X.T. Quebeka’s Knuckle City and Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, which received critical acclaim worldwide. The country has become a valuable film-making destination for its beautiful landscapes, prime film locations, economic benefits, first-class crew, diverse casting and wealth of historical significance.

As movie critics, we’re called to review film across a variety of platforms in an attempt to remain accessible and relevant in the digital age.

The association’s membership includes: critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV shows and online publications. If you are a South African film critic that meets any of these criteria, please submit your application for membership here.