The KwaZulu Natal African Film Festival hosted by Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre has issued a call to filmmakers to submit their films for the 7th edition of the December festival. The festival is rooted in skills and audience development and has hosted stars like Gabrielle Union.
The theme for this year is Making Films, Shaping the Future and focuses on independent young filmmakers who have made their films in spite of financial difficulties. KAFF also seeks to find films that connect Africa and introduce South Africans to Africa to counter the recent Afrophobia. This year the festival will take place from 3-12 December.
The festival has ventured as far as Pietermaritzburg to share the joys of cinema and the skills that filmmakers bring to KwaZulu Natal during the festival. The festival’s focus is African stories from all over the world.
The festival also runs skills based workshops where students get hands on training and produce short films with the assistance of experienced directors and producers who attend the festival. Taking place during the festive season KAFF provides entertainment for those visiting Durban.
KwaMashu as a township does not have a cinema and its citizen travel to town for films.
Producers and directors can submit their films in DVD format to: B 25, Giya Road, KwaMashu 4360. Tell: 031 504 6970. They also need to send an email with a short synopsis of the film and at least 2 stills from the film in jpeg format; director’s short bio/filmography and a jpeg image of the director to email@example.com with the subject as “KAFF 2010 Submission’.
With the help of National Film and Video Foundation, Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre is now able to screen HD films. The NFVF upgraded the cinema at Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre and the plan is to screen films monthly.