Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A new dawn for the film industry in Botswana

This past weekend was all blood, sweat and tears as local filmmakers took part in the inaugural 48 Hour Film Project, in Gaborone.

With fourteen teams registered, the inspiring competition kicked off on Friday 9th August at Limkokwing University in block 7. The participating teams blindly picked their genres at 7pm and were expected to submit a fully edited 8 minutes long short film on Sunday 11th at 7pm.

The participating teams in the 48Hour film project included Dee-Zone productions, Film Factory, Quihaba (Limkokwing University), Storytellus and many more.

The 48Hour Film Project is an international initiative set to motivate aspiring and practising film makers to remain loyal to their trade as film makers. The Gaborone version of this project was extended by the South African 48Hour Film Project licence holders, Brainbow Productions in conjunction with a local media company, Blu Magic.

Brainbow Productions are also running the 48HFP in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. On the other hand, Blu Magic is the organizer of the Botswana Independence Film Festival and Awards (BIFFA) set to take place on September 20th and 21st this year.

The producer/coordinator, Shule Goboda, said she was very excited because a registration of 14 teams is a good start for the Gaborone chapter and this clearly shows that there is big desire for story tellers to express themselves through film. The screening of the submitted films will take place on the 25th of this month at New Capitol Cinemas in Riverwalk Mall; Gaborone.
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repeat screening will take place at the Botswana Independence Film Festival and Awards.

The winners in Gaborone will compete internationally in the United States of
America with winners from other cities. The 48FHP creates many opportunities for the participants since film makers from various countries have a chance to share skills, ideas and visions, posing possibilities of future collaborations.

The first edition of this project is proudly supported by Yarona FM, Mnet Movies (South Africa), New Capitol Cinemas, Airscreen, Parrot, Online Audio Mix and final
Mix Online.

Contact the following at Blu Magic for further enquiries: Mothusi Seitshiro (7121 9566), Bradley Shirto (7140 8389)

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