R100 mil­lion for black film­mak­ers

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - SAnews.gov.za

A gov­ern­menT ini­tia­tive launched in 2014 has helped black film­mak­ers tackle big productions while cre­at­ing more jobs in the coun­try’s grow­ing movie in­dus­try.

The De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (the dti) will have spent R100 mil­lion to sup­port emerg­ing black film­mak­ers through the South Africa Emerg­ing Black Film­mak­ers In­cen­tive by the end of March 2018.

This was shared by the de­part­ment’s Nelly Molokoane at the re­cently-held Emerg­ing Black Film­mak­ers Work­shop, which took place dur­ing the an­nual Dur­ban In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in KwaZulu-Na­tal.

This is one of the old­est and largest film fes­ti­vals in South­ern Africa. Held in July, the fes­ti­val saw more than 200 screen­ings cel­e­brat­ing the best in South African, African and in­ter­na­tional cin­ema.

The in­cen­tive scheme is geared to­wards grow­ing the South Africa film in­dus­try and ex­pos­ing fresh cin­e­matic tal­ent.

The bud­geted R100 mil­lion has sup­ported the projects of 40 emerg­ing film­mak­ers. How­ever, Molokoane said that de­spite the dti’s in­vest­ment, pro­duc­ers still find it dif­fi­cult to ac­cess the ad­di­tional funds needed to see their productions through to the end.

Pos­i­tive re­sults from part­ner­ships

She said the de­part­ment has now part­neredThere is some re­lief ahead, how­ever. A part­ner­ship be­tween with the dti, the In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Na­tional Film and Video Foun­da­tion, SABC and pro­vin­cial film com­mis­sions will fur­ther as­sist film­mak­ers.

“The scale of projects has been in­creas­ing since the in­cep­tion of the scheme in 2014. The de­part­ment ini­tially ap­proved 15 ap­pli­ca­tions; there­after it in­creased to 40 over a pe­riod of three years. Part­ner­ship with th­ese in­sti­tu­tions will yield pos­i­tive re­sults in the near fu­ture and we will see more productions be­ing sup­ported.”

She added that work­shops would be held in var­i­ous prov­inces to as­sist film­mak­ers in ac­cess­ing the avail­able sup­port.

The work­shop at the Dur­ban In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val was hosted to as­sist those that needed train­ing on the in­cen­tive scheme, its guide­lines and re­quire­ment.

Re­had De­sai, a ben­e­fi­ciary of the in­cen­tive and di­rec­tor of the Marikana doc­u­men­tary Min­ers Shot Down, said the scheme was the most im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment in the South African film in­dus­try.

“We are see­ing far more films be­ing pro­duced since the launch of the scheme and this means fund­ing of projects hap­pens in a short space of time and one can go into pro­duc­tion quicker. This also means our pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies are be­com­ing sus­tain­able,” said De­sai. –

The an­nual Dur­ban In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val is one of the old­est and largest film fes­ti­vals in South­ern Africa.

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