Filmmakers meet in Windhoek

Abias Akwaake, chairperson of the Filmmakers Association of Namibia, said the purpose of the symposium was to provide a platform for regional training specialists, training programmes as well as government institutions in charge of education and training to discuss film and television curriculums.

It was also aimed at establishing the existence or non-existence of training institutions in the region.

“The objective of the regional symposium was to arrive at a common aim concerning training of film and television practitioners. It was also aimed at changing the African image on the continent and around the world,” said Akwaake.

The regional symposium is a pilot project, which will give birth to other symposia that will be hosted in the upper regions of the continent.

It is expected that the symposium would yield the following results, among others: National film schools and a stakeholder needs assessment report; funding support and investments by African governments; and stakeholder relations in the areas of education management and benchmarking strategy

The countries that will take part in the regional symposium include Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

FEPACI was set up in 1966 with the aim to develop cinema on the African continent by stimulating film productions by independent filmmakers and through co-productions.

It also strives to have African films distributed throughout the continent primarily, and internationally as a secondary aim, persuading governments to recognise the importance of cinema in the social, economic and cultural education of their populations.

August 2008
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