Mozambican filmmakers launch crowdfunding campaign to produce first feature
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:53
Mozambican filmmakers Mickey Fonseca and Pipas Forjaz have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to produce their first feature film, Resgate (which translate as Ransom). Set up on Indiegogo, a tool still mostly unknown in the southern-African country, their goal is to raise $150 thousand over the next 38 days.
The film tells the story of Bruno, a young ex-con looking for redemption who suddenly sees himself embroiled in a web of kidnaps, a form of crime which Mozambicans have seen rising dramatically in recent years. The story is set in Maputo, the Mozambican capital, but is a universal one.
Fonseca will direct from a screenplay he also wrote, while Forjaz will serve as the director of photography and editor. Both are also co-producers of of the film via their six-year-old local production company, Mahla Filmes.
Over the past four years, the filmmakers say that they have saved around $40 thousand working on TV commercials, music and institutional videos. They have also invested in buying 90 per cent of the equipment they need for the film from a modern RED Weapon camera, to tracking vehicles. But its still not enough to make the film they envision.
If the campaign is successful Fonseca and Forjaz hope to help open new paths for Mozambican and African filmmakers and, through their experience, inspire young filmmakers around the world to not give up on their dream of making films.
The filmmakers put together a sales trailer and a pitch by the director, hoping to share their vision for the film with audiences worldwide and garner support for its production.