South Africa: 2nd Bojanala Film Week a success


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in partnership with the Bojanala District Municipality and North West Department of Sports, Arts and Culture held yet another successful film week in Bojanala, Rustenburg from the 22nd to 25th of March 2013.

Attended by the ‘creme de la crème’ of the film and television industry, MEC’s, and representatives from the NFVF and Bojanala Platinum District Municipality, the film week commenced in high spirits with the opening night held on Friday the 22nd. Facilitated by Rantebeng Makapan, the lineup for the night commenced with a surprise appearance by the Emzini we Zinsizwa duo Jerry Phele (Mofokeng) and Jabu Nkosi (Chirwali), who once again put the guests to stitches with their humorous opening item. The guests were later treated to a screening of Zama-Zama, starring Presley Chweneyagae.

To follow on the successes of the opening night, the NFVF hosted three days of workshops in Screen Writing, Producing, Directing as well as an introduction to the film industry session. The workshops were conducted by well-known film and TV personalities; Loyiso Maqoma (Former Isidingo head-writer; Scandal head-writer), Bonginhlanhla Mr. B Ncube (director 48), Wandile Molebatsi (Intersexual,) and Oscar winner Presley Chweneyagae (Tsotsi, Zama-Zama). As with the previous film week, the attendance was very high, making it possible to fulfil the aim of the campaign which is motivating young people more particularly those from disadvantaged communities within Bojanala District Municipality.

“The main purpose of the campaign was to develop and empower emerging filmmakers predominantly the youth fascinated in the discipline of filmmaking. With the emergence of new technology, film industry has significantly grown, making it imperative for the NFVF to continue nurturing young talent,” said Head of Marketing and Public Affairs Azania Muendane. The workshops focused on the key areas that are necessary in film production to equip students with relevant capacity that will assist them as they embark on their work.

Bojanala Film Week is of paramount importance for National Film and Video Foundation as it integrates youth involvement, in the film industry more largely those from deprived communities. Speaking after his session, Bonginhlanhla Mr.B Ncube had this to say; “the workshop is an immense platform for launching aspirant film makers into the industry”.

Participants expressed satisfaction with regard to their involvement in the workshops as they build a new generation of filmmakers within the disadvantaged communities. “The occasion assisted us a lot, because most of us came here been blank about film, but after this I am well equipped in terms of film making. We are already conceptualizing on how to make our short film,” said a student.

The workshops were followed by screening of local films which comprised; award-winning Material, Skeem, Gog Helen and Man on Ground.