REVIVING the film making industry in the Eastern Cape was the main focus on a two-day Iindaba at the Regent Hotel in East London recently.
The indaba, which was an initiative of the Ddepartment of Ssport, Rrecreation, Aarts and Cculture (DSRAC) and Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council (ECPACC) saw filmmakers engaging and interacting with key stakeholders in the industry.
Filmmaker, Thulani Koyana, 31, said he was introduced to filmmaking by his mother who wanted him to capture her graduation day in 1998.
“I then enrolled to study film at Boston Media House and had to quit due to financial constraints. I then used my video camera and I am now working on a film.”
Koyana listed a lack of resources, networking platforms and fragmentation as some of the challenges he was faced with.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the EC Provincial Arts and Culture Council (ECPACC chief executive ), Phumeza Skoti, said the indaba was well attended.
“As ECPACC we will play a catalytic role and facilitate the establishment of a partnership with other departments in collaboration towards establishing a Ffilm Ccommission in the Eastern Cape for the ongoing support from the National Film and Video Foundation in telling the rich legendary stories of the EC through film.”
She said that the film industry in the province had been hampered by unreaslistic expectations.
“A variety of activities was launched over a number of years but with limited success. That has been due to the segmentation in our approach. The indaba was important as we engaged with stakeholders.”
DSRAC spokesman Andile Nduna said, “We deliberately invited the KwaZulu-Natal Film Council so we can learn best practices in advancing film development in the Eastern Cape”.