Eastern Cape film festival is heading ‘home’

2016-12-01 06:00
<Nationally renowed filmmaker Phumla Hopa, an executive producer in Isidingo, in action during the film festival.         Photo: SUPPLIED

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The second annual Eastern Cape Film Festival was held in East London and will now be heading “home” as it will be hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay for the following two years.

“As expectations are high that we produce international standard work, there are great expectations. Eastern Cape creatives who are based in Johannesburg want to come back home,” said nationally renowed filmmaker Phumla Hopa, an executive producer in Isi-dingo.

Provincial filmakers and administrators converged at the Miriam Makeba Audio Visual Centre under the banner of the Eastern Cape Film Festival. It was jointly hosted by the Eastern Cape Information Technology Initiative (ECITI), Radio Ya Bantu and the Eastern Cape Film Forum.

The festival, through its theme “Women in Film, a different take in telling our stories” commemorated the 60th anniversay of the march against the pass laws organised by the Federation of South African Women in 1956.

It was headlined by nationally renowed filmmakers like Phumla Hopa and Pam Zokufa, a pioneering black female camera person as well as Noxolo Nelana, a storyteller who delivered masterclasses on various aspects of filmmaking.

Festival Director, Nceba Mqolomba, who hails from Uitenhage, said “We had established an aspiring filmmakers forum from youth to senior citizens sharing ideas and networking to activate the Eastern Cape Film Industry in order for us to catch up with other provinces as film locations.

“With the Eastern Cape’s unique fauna and flora, scenery and diverse terrain we really have an unfair advantage.”

He said the film festival would now be heading to Nelson Mandela Bay Metro for the next two years.

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