aimIn a groundbreaking film industry partnership development, SAFTEC a South African film events consortium and the UK-based Africa In Motion Film Festival signed a memorandum of understanding at a historic ceremony held at the Jintek Film School in Pretoria today.

According to Basil Dube SAFTEC spokesperson and event promoter, the main purpose of the partnership is to organize and implement a touring festival of South African cinema and complementary events across the UK in October 2014, in celebration of 20 years of South African freedom and democracy. This seminal event will coincide with the 9th edition of the Africa In Motion Film Festival taking place in Edinburgh and Glsgow.

“We have formalized our co-operation with our UK counter-parts. Our next phase is to engage with key film industry stakeholders and government institutions, including the National Film and Video Foundation, DTI, Gauteng Film Commission and the IDC” said Dube a former organizer of the Cosatu affiliated Musicians Union of South Africa.

SAFTEC is a voluntary South African consortium made up of various industry training and film events managers and promoters including Rewith Entertainment, Bojanala Film Festival, Jintek Film School, MC Art Academy, Gauteng Women Filmmakers Association, Limpopo Film Festival, Filmmakers of Passion (FOP) AND Ebenezer Talent.

Dube said that the South Africa festival in the UK will serve as a pre-eminent platform to showcase South African films to the world, as well as celebrating South Africa’s liberation heritage through cinema, literature and music.

“During the apartheid years poets, artists and musicians were banned. Films such as Cry Freedom, Mapantsula, A Dry White Season and many other anti-apartheid documentaries were censored by the regime” says Dube.

Promoters, filmmakers, musicians, poets and writers interested in participating in this historic project, should contact the SAFTEC Convenor on 012 320 2455 0r 0715020564 or email dubeb@jintekvarsitycollege.co.za

ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN FILM TRAINING AND EVENTS CONSORTIUM (SAFTEC) AND THE AFRICA IN MOTION FILM FESTIVAL