Lo­cal film­mak­ers dis­ap­point or­gan­is­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Love­more Meya Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the on­go­ing In­ter­na­tional Images Film Fes­ti­val have be­moaned the un­will­ing­ness of lo­cal film­mak­ers to par­take in the fes­ti­val, which has seen re­gional and in­ter­na­tional play­ers’ pro­duc­tions tak­ing cen­tre stage this year.

IIFF pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor Karen Muk­wasi said the event was go­ing well, but lo­cal film­mak­ers were los­ing an op­por­tu­nity to shine by fail­ing to take part in the fest.

“A very big chal­lenge has been get­ting lo­cal con­tent be­cause we sent out a call that was in­ter­na­tional and all the re­sponses we got were films from other coun­tries,” said Muk­wasi.

“We then sent out a spe­cific call to Zim­bab­weans through our chan­nels and we had 14 sub­mis­sions with only one fea­ture film.”

She said the fea­ture film was still not com­plete since it was in post-pro­duc­tion stage as re­sult of fail­ure to do it on time.

“The film­maker had chal­lenges in post-pro­duc­tion, so could not de­liver it on time. Other film­mak­ers for other rea­sons could also not sub­mit their films and we ended up go­ing with a cat­a­logue with 11 Zim­bab­wean films, one made in Di­as­pora while the rest were shot in the coun­try.”

How­ever, Muk­wasi said the unim­pres­sive re­sponse was ac­tu­ally bet­ter than last year.

“Last year we had six Zim­bab­wean films in the com­pe­ti­tion in­clud­ing fic­tion and three doc­u­men­taries. How­ever, as long as we do not have fea­ture films, these Zim­bab­wean films can­not com­pete for the Sadc cat­e­gory.

“It be­comes a very huge chal­lenge be­cause we would like to see Zim­bab­wean film­mak­ers con­test­ing for the big hon­ours at IIFF rather than be­ing stuck in the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion.”

She said de­spite poor fig­ures in terms of par­tic­i­pa­tion, an­other ma­jor chal­lenge was on meet­ing dead­lines.

How­ever, Muk­wasi said they are happy they never dropped the Zim­bab­wean com­pe­ti­tion de­spite the chal­lenges in terms of film­mak­ing that will be ad­dressed in the next edi­tion of the fes­ti­val.

A to­tal of 59 films made it to this year’s fes­ti­val.

Rain­bow Ho­tel KHAYA Arts will cel­e­brate their 5th an­niver­sary tonight with sup­port from gospel mu­si­cian Kira and Abafana bako­godl­wayo Ezika dibisi.

Club Mar­isha (New Mag­wegwe) Cle­ment Mag­waza tonight en­ter­tains pa­trons. To­mor­row, Magesh Ju­niors take over with their highly en­er­getic dance moves. Sun­day’s “Afro Nyts” will be pow­ered by DJ Zulu.

Bu­l­awayo Theatre Ez­im­nyama Dance Ensem­ble in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Than­danani Women’s Ensem­ble will tonight hold a tra­di­tional dance piece called Um­gogodla Wesintu.

GVZ (Hwange) Bu­l­awayo spin mis­tress Noma that Girl will tonight host “The open Air Spring Wel­come party”. She will be ably sup­ported by Hwange DJs Pipes, Boss P and Jim Jonz.

Rayl­ton Club (Hwange) Rap­per Cal_Vin will tonight head­line the Hip hop night along­side Kon­trol Tribe, DJ De­li­cious, Jug­gling T, Mc Mento, Sleek­star, Tasha Boy, Bee and 4Ace Carter.

Ten­nis Club (Hwange) The Hip hop night shifts base to­mor­row with rap­per Cal_Vin and R&B sen­sa­tion Alaina per­form­ing along­side Kon­trol Tribe, DJ De­li­cious, Jug­gling T, Mc Mento, Sleek­star, Tasha Boy, Otrizy P, J Gar­nett, Charlz Bee and 4Ace Carter. Palace Ho­tel To­mor­row af­ter­noon it’s a “Last Satur­day Turn Up” party with a mix­ture of hip hop, house, kwaito and dance with Kad­der, Shi­rat, Iz’khothane, Khoikhoi, Shele, Mabex, MCG, Im­mor­tals Dance Crew, Tronik Saint, Lox­ion Boyz and Magesh per­form­ing.

Katso Sports Bar Tonight it’s “Woza Fri­day” with DJ Mgoe on the decks en­ter­tain­ing rev­ellers. To­mor­row DJ Mgoe re­turns as he hosts the “Mix with Mgoe”. He will be joined by guest DJ Lamza. On Sun­day it’s the “Week­end Wind Up” with Old School mu­sic be­ing played.

Club Eden (As­cot Race­course) Res­i­dent DJs Kananjo, Keezy and Slamma will tonight host the “Black Bot­tle Fri­days”. The trio re­turn to­mor­row to en­ter­tain pa­trons at the “Sum­mer Of­fi­cial Wel­com­ing Party”.

Cresta Churchill Tonight it’s “Jazz Night” with the Friends Band ser­e­nad­ing pa­trons. To­mor­row a fun day will be held with a jump­ing cas­tle, movies and swim­ming for chil­dren. En­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by lo­cal DJs. On Sun­day Pros­per Tshuma and the Smart Band will take over.

Club 263 DJ Kead Wikead will host a “Party on Ge­orge” tonight. The tal­ented DJ re­turns to­mor­row for the “Satur­day Party Cruise”. Hori­zon Night Club The club hosts the SNL Bu­l­awayo Sound Cup Clash fi­nal to­mor­row with Re­bel­lious Shunz, Chron­i­cles of House Na­tion, In the city DJs and South­ern Djembe Na­tives com­pet­ing. Pri­vate Lounge The club’s al­lur­ing dancers will con­tinue en­ter­tain­ing rev­ellers with DJs Sweeto, Tawaz and Del­roy on the decks.

Nketa 8 Sports Bar A “Ladies Night Sum­mer Ver­sion” with DJs Tshola and Hen­rix is on tonight. The Black Skiez DJs will take over to­mor­row for the “Shots on shots”. On Sun­day, it’s the “All New Jazz and Lo­cal Chill Zone” for the ma­ture with DJ Hen­rix.

New Emagu­meni Sports Bar DJs DNice, Mavala and Musky will take turns to en­ter­tain ladies dur­ing “Ladies Night” tonight. Res­i­dent DJs re­turn to­mor­row. “AmaSun­dayz” with Dnice Mavala will be on Sun­day.

T-Junc­tion Sports Bar (New Loben­gula) The “Funky Fri­day” party ses­sions are on tonight with res­i­dent DJs Mavesto, Houzen and Buthoz on ro­ta­tion. The res­i­dent DJs will be back to­mor­row for the “Kasi Vibez” and “Kasi Flavour Nights”. On Sun­day it’s the “Old School Party” ses­sion with res­i­dent DJs.

The Lounge DJs J.za and Keezy will set the tone for the week­end at the joint tonight with the “Sum­mer Club Mad­ness”. DJ J.za and Cris Rocx take cen­tre stage to­mor­row dur­ing the “Spring Fi­esta” party. Iyasa will part­ner DJ Kananjo and J.za to pro­vide the best in African mu­sic and dance on Sun­day night.

Ace Lounge Pa­trons will be en­ter­tained by New Age Dance Group tonight. Hlokoloza Dance Group will take over to­mor­row where they’ll be backed by DJ Khumz. DJ Sim­ple Stu­dio and Bu­l­awayo Queens and Kings will en­ter­tain rev­ellers on Sun­day.

The late Rodger Mbambo

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