East London hosts inaugural Eastern Cape Film Festival


East London is expected to host the inaugural Eastern Cape Film Festival next month at the city’s Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre (ECAVC). The festival grew out of the Ginsberg Film Festival, which was organised by Radio Ya Bantu in 2014.

A partnership between the organisers and Eastern Cape Information Technology Initiative (ECITI), early this year, resulted in the event becoming a provincial event.

“When Eciti partnered with us they said we should make this festival bigger than it was last year and also not focus on the Ginsberg community,”  Radio Ya Bantu’s Nceba Mqolomba told the Daily Dispatch.

The Eastern Cape Film Festival is expected to be an opportunity for aspiring artists and filmmakers from the province to showcase their talents.

According to Mqolomba, there will be workshops that will equip the attendees with necessary skills to produce a short film.

“They will also learn about directing, script development and writing, producing and editing,” he added.

He said the province was well-known for producing award-winning producers, adding that the Province “needs to maintain that standard”.

Some of the organisations that will take part include Amathole District Municipality and the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa just to mention a few.

The festival will be running from the 8th through to the 10th of August.

According to Eastern Cape Film Festival’s Facebook page, a documentary directed by Rehad Desai, Miners Shot down, will be among the films that will be shown at the event. This documentary by the Capetonian is about the Marikana massacre that took many miners’ lives.

The 3-day workshop will be free but it is on a first come first come basis and space is limited so those who wish to attend are advised to send an email to [email protected] with the subject “workshop”.

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