SA short film to be screened at Pan African Film Festival

13 February 2020

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Windhoek - Eyelash, a South African short film which was among the three Jury Award Winners of the I am Africa Short Film Competition, is set to be premiered at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, California, USA next month.

Out of 160 submissions, the film, which was produced by a South African-based Zimbabwean, Faith Riyano (22), was selected for its unique African love story telling characterised with myths and beliefs associated with eyelashes.

The I am Africa Short Film Competition is an initiative by the African Narrative, the Pan African Film Festival and YouTube to showcase emerging talent from indigenous African filmmakers that aim to reshape the painful stereotypes that undermine the artistic excellence of African cinema .

In an interview, Riyano, who is also the film’s director of photography and one of the script writers, told The Southern Times that the award will see one of the film’s crew attending the screening and other film workshop during the festival on all paid expenses trip.

“This achievement is truly a humbling one and a far-fetched idea. I literally took a wild chance to produce this film and now we have won,” said Riyano.

She said when she heard about the competition, she developed Eyelash’ script from her film concept called A Dead Man’s Wish and worked together with Mpendulo Ngobese on the script. Ngobese also directed the film. Read the full article on The Southern Ties here.