Minister Mashatile opened DISCOP AFRICA 2013
Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile delivered the opening address at the 8th edition of DISCOP AFRICA 2013, which ran from Wednesday 6th November to Friday, 8th November 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre.
DISCOP AFRICA, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, brought together film and television stakeholders from 70 African countries, with the aim of accelerating growth in the content production and distribution industries across the continent.
“The Department of Arts and Culture in South Africa is proud to be associated with this event which, over the years, has grown to become one of our Continent’s most significant gatherings of leading players in the business of television and film content development,” Mashatile said ahead of the opening of DISCOP AFRICA 2013.
The programme for this year’s event includes networking opportunities for emerging and established independent African producers, fast track training sessions and at least 70 international speakers and industry experts will be on hand to share their knowledge with delegates over the next three days.
“The era of Africa simply consuming and importing film and entertainment products from the developed world, is over. We have much to offer the world. Let us, use this event to increase cooperation between African film professionals, African governments and institutions as well as policy and decision-makers. Mutually beneficial partnerships will allow for further growth and sustainability of our sector across Africa,” concluded Mashatile.