EC film fest for Makhanda

Aimed at aspiring as well as professional filmmakers, the Eastern Cape film festival will host its fourth film festival in Makhanda (previously known as Grahamstown) from December 1 to 6.
The festival will be held in association with the Eastern Cape Performing Arts and Culture Council, the Industrial Development Corporation and the department of sports, recreation, arts & culture.
It will take place at the New English Literary Museum and the theme is “Home of Legends”.
According to festival director Nceba Mqolomba, “the festival is a platform to explore how, through film, sustainable employment opportunities can be created and heritage celebrated”.
“Filmmakers, professional and aspirant, as well as industry experts will be part of the festival and participate in conversation, talking to the entrenchment of film in the Eastern Cape as an economic sector, screenings and networking,” said Mqolomba.
The festival will showcase screenings of films focusing on locally produced films, including documentaries, short films, student films, videos and music.
The workshops are free and will be held by industry professionals focusing on areas such as script writing, acting, sound and producing.
Artists attending include Isidingo stars Nasiphi Ntabeni who plays Cebisa; Soso Rungqu, who plays Morongwa and Yonda Thomas (detective Majola).
“We want to position the Eastern Cape as a preferred film destination. The province has a rich history and heritage with beautiful locations, beautiful people and lots of stories to be told. All these are ideal material for ground-breaking film productions.
“We are looking for local content. So please, if you want your film to be screened at the festival, send it to us as soon as possible,” said Mqolomba.
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