Industry consultation in Eastern Cape


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) calls upon all Eastern Cape film and television industry stakeholders to be part of an industry consultation session aimed at developing  the South African Film industry strategy.

Another session to be hosted by the NFVF forms part of the In Conversation With… series. In this instance the conversation will be with the filmmakers that attended the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. The two sessions will take place on Friday 12 July at the Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre in East London.

The sessions are essentially the Eastern Cape leg of the NFVF Provincial road-shows, the purpose of which is to ensure the ongoing engagements with the industry across the country. Following on the development of the Golden economy and the White Paper on creative industries policy documents by the Department of Arts & Culture, the NFVF made a decision to engage the industry in the process of developing the SA film industry strategy that will be aligned to the two policy documents. This session will commence at 10am and will be facilitated by Mawande Seti, NFVF Legal & Policy officer.

The second session, In Conversation With…, will commence at 11h45 am, featuring Vincent Moloi, Marrie Bekker and Mayenzeke Baza, all of who attended this year’s Cannes International Film Festival. Baza will also touch on documentaries to reflect on his trip to Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival earlier in the year. The idea behind the In Conversation With… brand is to afford filmmakers an opportunity to share their experiences, as well as imparting the knowledge gained from attending the festivals. The objective is to ensure that the industry benefits when individual filmmakers attend global film festivals. This session will be facilitated by Thandeka Zwana, NFVF manager, Production and Development Fiction.

“It is very crucial to engage the film industry in this process of developing the South African film industry strategy, this leg being Eastern Cape region. These engagements come at an important time when we are preparing for the industry’s Film Indaba which will be held later in the year in November and industry participation will play a big role in shaping the strategy. We’d like to invite all film and television stakeholders in the Eastern Cape to be part of this important engagement forum,’ says Aifheli Makhwanya, NFVF head of Policy & Research who is currently also the acting head of Marketing & Communications.

Makhwanya further explains that, the NFVF is also aiming at encouraging more film activity and dialogue in other regions outside Gauteng and Western Cape by engaging with other provinces, including the Eastern Cape.

“It doesn’t paint a good picture when most film activity is over concentrated in only two provinces, we hope that these engagements will enable the identification, creation and realisation of opportunities,’ concludes Makhwanya.

Attendance is open to all the film and television industry stakeholders in the Eastern Cape. Those who are interested in attending can send their details to Carla Dias on to reserve their seats because space is limited.

The NFVF will announce the next provincial engagement when the date has been confirmed.


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