The status of women in film and television will be explored on Friday 31 August at the Gauteng Women In Film and Television Partnership Seminar, an event supported by the Gauteng Film Commission and National Film and Video Foundation.

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Hosted at the Open Window campus in Centurion, Pretoria, the seminar will explore the work of women in the audiovisual industry, and the critical challenges they face. Also on the agenda will be local content production, industry transformation, the SABC’s procurement policies, film funding, intellectual property and contracts, film education and the development of new talent.

The seminar follows several other national and regional conferences, symposia and industry events. According to the organisers, the Tshwane event will be more strategic and action driven compared to previous gatherings, which include the Sithengi Film Market, Soweto Women Writers Seminar, FEPACI Forum, Durban International Film Festival, Encounters, People to People Documentary Festival and the Women In Film Indaba hosted by the National Film and Video Foundation in 2011.

At all of these, the status of women in the film and television industry has been under the spotlight. The foundation and the GFC are expected to play a critical role in the empowerment of women in film, and to ensure that women take charge of their place in the industry.

Keynote speakers will include Carol Mosiamo-Makoti, the chief executive of Tshwane Businesswomen Network; Lebogang Matlaila, from the Department of Trade and Industry; Thandi Brewer, from the Writers Guild of South Africa; Sechaba Morojele, from the Black Filmmakers Network; Faith Kgaditse, the Tshwane mayoral committee member for arts and culture; and Joyce Sikhakhane-Rankin, a director and film educator and former journalist, writer, producer and author.

The seminar starts at 09h00. It is organised by the Open Window in association with the Tshwane Businesswomen Network, and is supported by the Gauteng Film Commission and the National Film and Video Foundation. Entrance is free.

For more information and to register, call Basil Dube on 012 648 9200 or email basil@openwindow.co.za.