Eastern Cape film industry gets a boost – SABC News

The Eastern Cape film industry has received a boost after the provincial department of arts and culture announced that three films would be produced in the province. The R8million project will see two films shot in rural areas such as Keiskammahoek. Another partnership with Tshedza Pictures will involve a year-long film production in the province. The company is spending R50 million on the production while the government will contribute another R10 million for the film to be shot in the province.

The announcement that three films will be shot in the province is seen as a breakthrough for the Eastern Cape film industry. Filmmakers and artists from the province often migrate to other provinces due to the lack of development of this industry. These productions also have the potential to unlock economic opportunities in the hospitality, transportation and tourism sectors. Arts and Culture MEC Fezeka Nkomonye believes this will unearth raw talent in the province.

“The talent has since left the province must come back but not only do we want to see the transfer of skills in action, we want to see those who have been in this industry for a long time return to the Eastern Cape province. What we want is not just a Xhosa drama series; we want it done by the people of the province. There will be a lot of contribution that these two drama series and the telenovela will make,” says Nkomonye.

An aspiring actress from the province, Siyasanga Nqitheko, lamented the struggles she endures in this industry.

“The main challenge is working for little or no pay, working for the experience. team and the cast, we’re really getting the stick wrong,” says Nqitheko.

SABC Eastern Cape Regional Operations Manager Ayanda Makaula said a deal has also been struck for two series to be produced and aired on SABC platforms.

“SABC’s role in the partnership is to assist with training as well as some of the funding initiatives that the department and eppac wish to implement to develop the film industry in the Eastern Cape. It’s a three-year partnership, because we’re really excited to be part of the process. All of these drama series will be produced in the Eastern Cape and will air on SABC platforms,” says Makaula.

The first film will hit TV screens early next year.