ECITI helps stage local productions

South African film Hard to Get lead actress Thishiwe Ziqubu was spotted at the third instalment of the Eastern Cape Film Forum (ECFF) Film and Screening Workshop held at the ECITI Queenstown satellite office.

The action film Hard to Getwhich portrays a couple who are introduced to Johannesburg’s crime underworld was one of the films screened at Queenstown’s event.

Local film players and emerging artists had the chance to rub shoulders with the film star who offered film industry trade secrets. Also in attendance was Mayenzeke Baza who hails from Queenstown and now part of the Association for Transformation of Film and Television as well as AAA Entertainment.

“The success of the inaugural Eastern Cape Film Festival, spearheaded by ECITI and Radio Ya Bantu in August 2015, was the motivation for the establishment of the Eastern Cape Film Forum

“As a means to stimulate growth in the local film sector, ECITI is supporting ECFF with its monthly film workshops in different Eastern Cape districts leading up to the 2016 Eastern Cape Film Festival,” explains ECITI’s Queenstown incubation coordinator Zandile Makina.

The main aim of the workshop is to create a platform for local film producers to network with industry players, enhance technical skills, as well as establish a platform to screen local film productions.

“It is hoped that through these interactions, local film makers will gain invaluable insight to improve their skills and the quality of their productions,” explains Zandile Makina.

Other screenings were held in Stutterheim (Amathole District) and Uitenhage (Nelson Mandela Bay) and nine more workshops are planned for 2016.

The initiative has attracted support from organisations such as the National Film and Video Foundation, the Department of Trade and Industry, Eastern Cape Content Hub, Tru FM and the Eastern Cape Department of Sports Recreation Arts and Culture.