The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission will from the 07th until the 13th of November participate at the annual Africa International Film Festival. Celebrating a decade since inception, the festival is taking place in Lagos at the Landmark Retail Boulevard, Lagos.
Deemed as a world class showcase with participation from Africa and international filmmakers, the festival has grown from strength to strength and is attended and supported by writers, actors, directors, film critics, buyers, distributors, visual artists, film students, equipment manufacturers, and international press. The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission participates in the international film markets and festivals like AFRIFF with the aim of enhancing its relations with Nigeria, to position KZN as a film destination of choice by exhibiting KZN content and to assist in the creation of collaborative opportunities for KZN filmmakers. Previous engagements have resulted in numerous partnerships and co-productions with Nigeria with Nigerian filmmakers heading to KZN to work on a current production titled Inhlawulo in the next week.
In order to ensure that the KwaZulu-Natal filmmakers are provided exposure at international festivals and to explore opportunities for further collaborations, the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission extended a call to filmmakers to apply to attend the festival. “This is an excellent opportunity for a plethora of creative properties that will enhance the skills level of South Africans in the film industry,” says Asivhanzhi Mathaba of Triangle Post and Animation Studios. Mr. Mathaba and Ms. Minenhle Luthuli are two filmmakers that will be accompanying the KwaZulu- Natal Film Commission. Both filmmakers will be exhibiting and promoting their films, furthermore they will be attending Masterclasses with industry professionals to further enhance their knowledge.
“We are grateful for the opportunities KZN Film commission continues to create for the filmmakers. This is a great chance for them to engage with industry professionals, particularly on the backdrop of AFRIFF’s aim of “re-establishing Africa’s significance as the last frontier for unique film stories and content development”,” says KZN Film Commission COO Ms. Jackie Motsepe.
During its participation at the AFRIFF, the KZN Film Commission will engage in the industry programme. There will be 2 days of intensive engagement with industry, facilitated through the festival, which will be followed up with further engagements with industry professionals. The aim of these engagements is to grow the KZNFC’s network in Nollywood and seek partnerships for co-production.
Apart from the sessions. Ms. Jackie Motsepe will represent South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal as a member of the International Jury for Documentary Film Competition Category. The aim of the competition is to celebrate creative excellence in African cinema by recognising African filmmakers.