By Charity Ruzvidzo
ZIMBABWEAN-Australian Hollywood star Richard Cosnett has urged local film makers to create productions that go beyond Zimbabwean boundaries.
Cosnett (34) is well known for starring in an American supernatural television series The Vampire Diaries, Quantico and The Flash.
He grew up in Chegutu, a small town in central Zimbabwe, and moved to Australia where he studied acting. His work began in the theatre and has spread into film and television and producing.
He now lives in the United States of America.
Speaking at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) on Tuesday, Cosnett said local film makers should strive for recognition in the international market.
“Film making requires authenticity, creativity and passion. It is possible to create productions that can also go beyond Zimbabwe without changing our true being and trying to imitate how others act,” he said.
Cosnett also showcased some of his own productions at the festival as a way of inspiring film producers and aspiring actors.
“Zimbabwe has a lot of talent that needs to be seen by the world. There are many challenges in the industry, however, this must not limit people from working hard,” he said.
This year is the 19th edition of the film festival which is hosted by ZIFF and Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe in partnership with Zimpapers.
It is an annual festival that showcases the best in film from around the world and it is one of the premier film festivals in the region.
ZIFF has distinguished itself as a significant player in the Zimbabwean and regional film industries, also for developing talented film makers and script writers through its unique training opportunities, and contributing to the telling of vibrant, socially and politically relevant African stories through cinema.
The festival is running from August 26 to September 2.
In 2014, the festival hosted Ratidzo Mambo, the actress who starred in “Yellow Card” as Linda Karambo.
She also moved to Australia and later relocated to Los Angeles to purse her acting following the footsteps of people like Danai Gurira and Tongayi Chirisa.