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South African gov’t to spend R100 million to support black filmmakers

The South African government has announced that it will spend 100 million rands to support emerging black filmmakers.

According to the Director of Film of the South African Department of Trade and Industry, Nelly Molokoane, the department will spend this amount “by the end of March 2018.”

The scheme is set up to support 40 projects of these up and coming filmmakers and will be done as a partnership with the Industrial Development Cooperation, National Film and Video Foundation, South African Broadcasting Corporation and provincial film commissions.

“The scale of projects have been increasing since the inception of the scheme in 2014. The department approved 15 applications, thereafter it increased to 40 over a period of three years. Partnership with the institutions will yield positive results in the near future and we will more productions being supported. We are planning to host intense workshops in various provinces to assist filmmakers’ access to this support.”

100 million rands’ equivalent in US dollars is $7,706,605.

By: Jeffrey Owuraku Sarpong/

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