Filmmakers to hit Ginsberg festival

ASPIRING filmmakers are in for a treat this Easter as a new festival which promises to educate and entertain people launches in King William’s Town next week.

The Ginsberg Film Festival – which takes place at the Steve Biko Centre – will see aspiring filmmakers interact with established counterparts.

The festival is presented by Radio Yabantu in partnership with the Apna Creatives – a UK- based film company.

One of the organisers, Nceba Mqolomba, said they would be hosting workshops, screenings and practical work for those who attend the festival. Mqolomba said the workshops would cover aspects such as directing, producing, camera work and editing.

“Some of the South African films that will be screened include: Punk in Africa, Come back Africa, Black Leopards, Of Good Report and Injury Time – produced by Walter Sisulu University lecturer, Mark Fredericks. We will also be presenting five films from Dollywood Productions – which are made by disabled young filmmakers in the Eastern Cape region,” Mqolomba said.

Dollywood project started more than three years ago when a group of disabled young people were trained in writing scripts and shooting film. Some of the Dollywood short films which would be viewed include: The shy girl, Love at first sight, The talented boy, Learn and love and No taxi for me .

Fredericks’ commentary video, Injury Time (the rise of the 80minutes nation) deals with the collapse of sports socialisation in SA. The commentary video has been screened in South African universities and internationally. In New Zealand it forms part of the sports history curriculum at the University of Otago. “Sport is vital to the lifeblood of any country especially in terms of socialisation because it was through sport that we socialised at school.

“But that system of sports socialisation was completely destroyed in the race to get South Africa back into international sports. The leading party then played a crucial role between 1982 and 1992 in forcing a one-sided unity in this country,” said Fredericks.

“All of this is addressed in Injury Time, it is a broad project. It looks at sport not in isolation of SA but as part of our society.” The producer of local film Of Good Report, Luzuko Dilima, will also make an appearance at the festival. Entrance for all workshops and screening is free and people interested are required to pre-register online at

The festival starts next week Thursday and runs until April 21. —