logoThe Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) as part of its marketing drive to create awareness about our programmes and ensuring brand visibility took a decision to make public announcements of projects it supports.

In July, at a glittering ceremony in Johannesburg, the GFC announced the projects it had supported in the first quarter of this financial year:

  • June 16 screening in Ekurhuleni
  • SANNA Festival
  • Campaign for Girls
  • The Launch of Lucky
  • Elelwani
  • 48-hour film project
  • Jeppe on a Friday
  • Alexandra

Tomorrow, on 28 September 2012, the GFC will host a function in Melrose Arch announcing successful projects for the second quarter of the 2012/3 financial year. The GFC has supported a range of film projects with the aim of developing the audiovisual industry in Gauteng.

Production support

His Majesty’s Building

The GFC supported post production of His Majesty’s Building, a feature about Freddie who falls to his death from a high-rise building in Johannesburg. Lieutenant Fitzpatrick’s detective unit finds a note in Freddie’s loft, and the case is closed as a suicide. When Freddie’s lover, Maria, hires private eye Dicke Dibe to investigate what she believes is a case of murder, a postmortem on Freddie’s body reveals a gunshot wound to the head. Dicke Dibe suspects Freddie was shot, then thrown off the building, and is determined to find the killer before he, or she, strikes again.

The Shore Break

The Shore Break is a documentary feature about Nonhle who wants to protect her Wild Coast land and titanium-rich beaches from an Australian mining company. The foreign dune miners have no road access to the beaches, yet a national highway is approved that will cut through the community’s homesteads, subsistence farms, and ancestral graves, dividing them with a high fence. Nonhle’s king and queen publicly protest against the mining, only to be dethroned by government. The developments cause division within the community and Nonhle’s own cousins partner with the Australian mining company, believing that Nonhle is standing in the way of progress.

A slate of eight films

The GFC has supported a slate of eight low budget comedy feature films by Sello Twala Movies that will be aired on Mzanzi Magic channel and distributed by Daily Sun through their Woza Month End initiative. The support for the slate of films by STM is in line with GFC’s priority of promoting appreciation of local content in indigenous languages.

Taxi Ride

Taxi Ride is a low budget film commissioned by Mzansi Magic and produced by David Kau and Disadvantaged Background Productions. Disadvantaged Background Productions have all the DVD distribution rights for two years to exploit to their benefit anywhere in the world from 2 April 2012 to 2 April 2014. The production company intends to sell a minimum of 100 000 copies of the Taxi Ride movie in the first two to three months, not only in South Africa but in other parts of Africa including Kenya and Nigeria, where they are already in talks with local distributors. GFC supported the distribution of Taxi Ride in line with its mandate of audience and enterprise development.

Little One

Little one is a human drama set against the growing problem of child abuse in South Africa. It follows the relationship between the victim and the policeman who finds her. The policeman goes beyond the call of duty to track down the perpetrators of this hideous crime. Along the way we are introduced to a rich variety of secondary characters who illuminate this tragedy that befalls over 30% of South Africa’s children. The film will be released theatrically in December in 32 theatres. Distribution will be done through UIP whilst NEXT Video will do the DVD distribution.

Media Career Guide

Media Career Guide is an educational TV show broadcasted on SABC 1 currently in its third season. The TV show takes viewers behind the scenes of the film, TV, advertising, music and radio industries in South Africa. Each episode features interviews with professionals from different industries, giving an insight look into different careers. The show also gives overview information on educational institutions that offer courses for specific careers and helpful tips on how get into this creative industry. In the new season the show aims to identify companies that are willing to give internship opportunities to graduates.

Training and development

Women’s Seminar

The inaugural Gauteng women seminar is an initiative designed to strengthen, promote and increase the participation of women in the film and TV sector. One of the key objectives is to facilitate the establishment of a network or association that would represent the interests of women in film in Gauteng. It is envisaged that the association will initiate and implement programmes for the empowerment of women.

Over 100 aspiring women working in the audiovisual sector attended the event, addressed by various industry leaders, government representatives and institution professors. GFC supported this project through its Talent Management and Mentorship Programme.

Sins

Sins a drama/ thriller in the mould of international successes like City Of God (Brazil), Ameros Perros (Mexico), Snatch (United Kingdom) and Lock Stock And Tow Smoking Barrels (United Kingdom), directed by Akin Omotoso.

Sins is a homeless writers’ empowerment project which heeds the need for transformation in the film sector and the country as a whole. The project consists of three separate plots with separate characters that intersect and intertwine to form one riveting story. The three stories intersect in surprising and interesting ways without the characters actually ever meeting each other. The story ends with all of the characters’ lives changed forever. GFC supported this project through its Talent Management and Mentorship Programme.

Partnerships

The partnership between the GFC and the Film and Publication Board (FPB) seeks to provide a platform for the youth of Gauteng to engage with opportunities within the local film industry. This opportunities include (but are not limited to) those in production as well as those at institutions of higher learning: training, development and skills development. The partnership will host a total of 50 workshops throughout Gauteng: in Tshwane, Sedibeng, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and the West Rand. The rollout process will begin in October 2012.

The primary objectives of the partnership are to:

  • provide a platform for youth to participate within the local audiovisual sector
  • contribute to an increase in the number of learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds enrolling at for industry related courses at the relevant institutions of higher learning
  • develop, among local audiences, the relevance and importance of the role of classification and the FPB
  • provide a platform for local filmmakers to engage with the FPB and local audiences

“From the GFC side we look forward to a better relationship with the Industry and sustainable growth of the local content. All in all, we are very excited about prospects for this year,” says GFC chief executive Mzwandile Masina.

  • For more information, contact Tumi Ntshingila, GFC PR & Communications Manager, on 011 833 0409 or 083 447 7011, or email tumi@gautengfilm.org.za.