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The 2015 Females in Film and Television Industry (Fifti) Festival will take place at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg during national Women's Month, from 6 to 10 August.

Founded by young filmmakers Mbali Nokukhanya Ngwenya and Botshelo Mondi, the Fifti Festival aims to celebrate women's achievements while serving as a platform for women in the creative industry to engage in conversations about change, both on the screen and behind the scenes.

The festival focuses not only on the business of film and television production, but also on the many other careers that feed into the industry, such as make-up, catering, fashion styling and more.

During this year's festival, up to 50 women will be signed up for the Fifti Empowerment Plan, which seeks to enable young women to break into the film and TV industry through activities ranging from film workshops to SABC tours.

This initiative is supported by Constitution Hill and the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC).

Black Opal SA has also partnered up with the Fifti Festival on a Photography Campaign featuring emerging artists who feed into this industry, and covering themes including photography, modelling, make-up and scoring.

The Fifti Festival is open "to all who support and understand the importance of gender equality," the founders said in a statement, adding that the finalized film schedule would be released shortly. The provisional programme includes 15 films made locally by women, which will be screened for free on 8 and 9 August.

There will also be a children's area where animated movies will be screened, ensuring that the festival offers a good balance of business and entertainment for all.

For more information, contact the founders Mbali Nokukhanya Ngwenya on 083 259 5720 or mbalingwenya@artlover.com, or Botshelo Mondi on 076 590 7401 or mondibotshelo@gmail.com.

Source: staff reporter

Contact the Gauteng Film Commission