With more than 300 delegates attending, Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) Chief Executive Terry Tselane has declared the Gauteng Film Indaba ‘a success’.

Attendees enjoying a break at the Gauteng Film Indaba
Under the banner ‘Big Ideas, Perfect Locations’ the Film Indaba brought together a wide array of industry role-players to discuss the state of the industry in Gauteng.

Setting the tone for the Indaba, Gauteng MEC for Finance and Economic Affairs Paul Mashatile reiterated the Provincial Government’s commitment to the development of the audiovisual industries in Gauteng and called for “the development of sustainable partnerships between all stakeholders for the advancement of the film industry”. In turn, filmmaker Seipati Bulane-Hopa outlined some of the challenges that the independent filmmaker, in particular those concerned with a transformative agenda for the film industry, face. Ms. Bulane-Hopa also reiterated the need for a provincial film fund and called on increased focus on local content development.

“The main thesis that drive persistency in dialogue between industry and institutions are issues on capacity building, delivery and the speed required to translate film policies into tangible implementable action programs”, Bulane-Hopa said.

Following on from a presentation of the Phase 1 research findings of ‘Project Gaullywood’, a series of panel discussions investigated a number of challenges that affect the industry.

Commenting on a panel discussion on sector coordination, Eddie Mbalo, Chief Executive Officer of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) said, “we are happy to see the Gauteng Film Commission aligning itself with the discussions and resolutions taken at the NFVF Indaba 2005. It is only when issues that affect our industry are identified at a national level and are cascaded to local levels that we will see the industry achieving its strategic objectives and the Value Charter guides us in this regard”.

Research, location marketing, funding, capacity development, audience development and sector coordination were some of the topics discussed during breakaway sessions.

Commenting on the outcomes of the Indaba, Tselane said “we’ve noted the comments and recommendations that came from today’s deliberations. The establishment of the Gauteng Film Partnership will allow us to continue with these strategic discussions in a more structured manner so as to ensure that the GFC responds appropriately to the many issues that were raised.”

According to the GFC the Film Indaba will become an annual industry event.

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