Workshop on shooting short films held in U’hage

2015-09-24 06:00
=Nceba Mqolomba (centre) Director of the Eastern Cape Film Forum will on Saturday host a workshop regarding short films at the Nelson Mandela Bay Science andamp; Technology Centre in Uitenhage. All interested are welcome. Seen with him are guests who

=Nceba Mqolomba (centre) Director of the Eastern Cape Film Forum will on Saturday host a workshop regarding short films at the Nelson Mandela Bay Science andamp; Technology Centre in Uitenhage. All interested are welcome. Seen with him are guests who

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With the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) which were held in Nelson Mandela Bay last weekend, 184 nominees from Africa, Europe, South America and other parts of the world walked the red carpet.

This has shown not only that the world has its eyes on South Africa’s film industry as the stature of South African films is starting to receive a tremendous amount of global recognition, but it also gave local film producers new hope.

Chosen every 5 years by an international panel, Nelson Mandela Bay is set to play host for the next five years to the most prestige film awards in Africa celebrating the best in the continent’s film industry.

The AMAA honours the men and women producing more movies a year than Hollywood.

Ironically, the Eastern Cape Film Forum, directed by Nceba Mqolomba of Radio Ya Bantu, this weekend hosts a short film networking and training workshop at the Nelson Mandela Bay Science andamp; Technology Centre in Uitenhage.

Veteran filmmaker Ben Nomoyi, previously said during the EC Film Festival, “The Eastern Cape lacks writers. Our job as filmmakers is to breathe life into the written word. No written word, no film. I am worried that you still work as individuals in your respective silos limiting the impact that you can make.”

As an outcome of the Festival it was decided to host monthly workshops and screenings in the eight respective regions of the province. The first being at Amahlathi Local Municipality in Stutterheim and in Uitenhage on Saturday.

“We are looking for local township films. The film industry is large and there are locals taking brilliant short films with their cell phones or even cheap cameras.

We want to encourage creativity and quality,” said Mqolomba.

Saturday’s programme is free to attend by all interested in the producing of local films. It starts at 08:30 and will end at 18:00 after the screening of a feature film “Mandela, The Man and the Myth”.

The workshop will also cover aspects like documentaries, the link between music and film, how to turn an idea into a story, how to write gripping synopses and the role of films in society.

)For more information contact Nceba Mqolomba on 083 580 9875

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