The Soweto Arts Festival, which kicks off on December 10 in various venues around Soweto, will feature 12 workshops by 2 of SA's most exciting filmmakers, Vincent Moloi and Norman

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Maake.  The GFC's Industry Support Development unit, as part of the GFC's support of the Festival, has organised the workshops, which will focus on how to make low budget films.

Not only will attendees be able to meet and listen to the filmmakers, they will also have the opportunity to view screenings of the films these 2 rising stars have produced.

Vincent Moloi, an accomplished documentary producer/director has also turned his hand to fiction.  When asked about why he enjoys filmmaking, he says: "I always wanted to tell stories but I wasn't articulate with words.  Films have allowed me to articulate some of the things I wanted to talk about in life."

Norman Maake, an AFDA graduate, was selected to write and direct AFDA's first fature film in 2003, Soldiers of the Rock, due to his unique story-telling talent and ability to get excellent performances and emotional nuances from his actors.  His credits include the award-winning experimental film Lififeng Balesedi Bafelong, the award winning short film Homecoming, and being second unit director on Catch a Fire.

For more information on the Festival call +27 11 487 2818 or visit www.sowetoartsfestival.co.za ; to find out more about the workshops, contact Kgomotso Tabane, Audience Development Projects Officer at the GFC on ktabane@gautengfilm.org.za or +27 11 833 0409.