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Search is on for promising filmmakers

By Patience Bambalele | Feb 28, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 4 ]

IN TRYING to showcase and develop new talent in filmmaking, Multichoice has established a competition for aspirant filmmakers.

The Film Talent Celebration will give young people in this field a platform.

Itumeleng Letebele, of MultiChoice, says the competition is an acknowledgment of the immense filmmaking talent that exists in South Africa.

"The competition provides industry players with an opportunity to reflect on the achievements as an industry," he says.

"This is a nationwide search for the best filmmakers, and who are able to craft authentic stories through short films.

"The competition presents numerous opportunities for the winners, such as their films being promoted and broadcast on the DStv platform.

"We encourage people to submit their short films before February 29 (tomorrow). The length of the films has to be between three to 10 minutes."

The winners will win cash prizes of between R20,000 and R50,000.

The panel of judges includes Kgomotso Matsunyane, Helen Kuun, Eve Rantseli, Teboho Mahlatsti and Steven Markovitz.

"All of our judges are well respected within the film industry and each has extensive experience in the film industry," says Letebele.

"We have also taken great pains in selecting judges who have an eye for identifying great talent."

Steven Markovitz, film producer and co-founder of Encounters Film Festival, says: "This competition represents a unique platform for filmmakers to show their talent and win great cash prizes.

"It will raise the profiles of the winning individuals significantly, and give them an opportunity to get cash for their short films."

Judges will select winners for categories such as best production, best director, best editor, best sound, best cinematography and best newcomer.

COMMENTS [ 4 ]

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why put a competition today & say the closing date is tomorrow why mara why you doing this

Feb 28, 2012 8:59 | 0 replies

@nkunzi...

I'll have to agree with you, it is very stupid because it would mean that contestants would have to script, cast, book equipment, do preproduction, rehearse, shoot, edit, grade and final mix within 24hrs. It is not logical and does not make sense!

Feb 28, 2012 9:15 | 0 replies

KAAK story.
The judges themselves
a a BUNCH of recycled
loosers like Kgomotso. They're
there to get paid and FAKOF. However
one talented guy like Tebogo is much more
the same as the rest of the team/Judges. They're
globetrotting around the world for their own interest.
They don't care about development as they claim they
do. These are the very same people that will judge your
film at NFVF as to determine whether is fit for FUNDING.
am not INTERESTED at all. As for the team, enjoy distroying
young talent. These will be some of the first people who steal young ideas.

Feb 28, 2012 11:54 | 0 replies

As for SOWETAN/MNET/ and everybody
involved, how do you expect people to participate
on this CRACK-MISSION when they're being told
that, the competition closes tomorrow. What a CRACKASSSTORY.

Feb 28, 2012 11:58 | 0 replies