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EC Youth in film workshopped by industry’s best

Darrel Roodt, South African film director, screenwriter and producer for the film Place of Weeping one of the first anti-Apartheid films made by a South African. He also produced the 1992 film Sarafina! and has worked with Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze, James Earl Jones and Ice Cube.

The MultiChoice Talent Factory South Africa held ground-breaking film workshops in East London aimed at upskilling youth in the video entertainment industry.

Young creatives from the Eastern Cape, who were selected by the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture, took part in the intensive three-day training programme, which ran from January 21 to 23, 2020 at the East London International Conference Centre. This coincided with the launch of the 5th Eastern Cape Film Festival on January 21, 2020.

“The sustainability of the video entertainment industry in the country and on the continent depends on our ability to attract and develop fresh young talent. Opportunities such as this, and particularly with the support of regional government and other key industry stakeholders, provide the perfect platform to identify and nurture aspiring young filmmakers,” said Joe Heshu, MultiChoice Group Executive: Corporate Affairs.

The workshop was made up of a series of masterclasses, each led by national industry experts in the field of video entertainment, and covered several elements of filmmaking such as scriptwriting, producing, directing, sound, lighting, and cinematography.

Fezeka Bayeni, Eastern Cape MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture said, “Film has great potential to contribute to the development of the Eastern Cape economy and as such, we have made it one of the priorities of the Department. We have a rich heritage, great stories to tell and amazing locations for film. This partnership is, therefore, a very important platform in helping to develop and train filmmakers as part of our effort to grow the film industry in the province.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council (ECPACC) which houses the Eastern Cape Film Office and funds the 2020 Film Festival, Phumeza Skoti, expressed gratitude for the workshops.

“The masterclass has been inspirational in our journey to develop the film and television industry in the Eastern Cape. The specialist skills and experiences shared by renowned industry players will go a long way in empowering local filmmakers to take up space and seize opportunities that exist in the industry,” she said.

Industry experts Sanele Shiba, Wanda Sondiyazi, Mzansi Magic commissioning editors; Darrel Roodt, award-winning film director, screenwriters for Sarafina and Phathutshedzo Makwarela as well as Xolani Qubeka, producer for the Mdantsane flick Knuckle City were among the facilitators.

Local filmmakers agreed that the workshop was like a guiding map towards ensuring that the province has all they need to produce movies and documentaries that can get global recognition.

Local film-makers took advantage of every minute of their MasterClass.


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