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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


"Make things happen" will be the prominent theme behind a set of skills-based workshops during 2014 aimed at equipping and uplifting emerging filmmakers within the eThekwini Municipality.

The Independent Filmmaking Workshop - previously known as the Zero-Budget Filmmaking Workshop - is a developmental initiative between the Durban Film Office and non-profit organisation, the eThekwini Filmmakers Association (EFA), which covers the ABC of filmmaking.

Set to take place on a monthly basis, the first Independent Filmmaking Workshop 2014 will take place on Saturday (March 1) from 09h00 to 16h30 at the Albany Hotel in Durban.

"As a developing industry, we are pleased to be taking small steps in the right direction of creating an environment where filmmakers are both proactive and self-sufficient," said Durban Film Office Head Toni Monty. Unlike previous workshops, the monthly workshops will be continuation of skills-training.”.

 From script to screen, the workshop will tackle practical filmmaking issues like scriptwriting, budgeting, casting, lighting and sound, pitching, camerawork, post-production and much more.

All filmmakers from the eThekwini Municipality are welcome to attend.

"Local filmmakers will also have the opportunity to work and learn alongside experienced independent filmmakers who will be sharing their expertise and tips to making it in a competitive industry," added Monty.

Addressing the name change, EFA Chairperson Andile Buwa said that workshops will provide a holistic approach to filmmaking entrepreneurship, which will foster the development, production and promotion of independent films.

"Independent filmmaking is a much-needed skill to utilise in the mainstream or commercial film industry, and forms an integral foundation for every filmmaker to build up their career and experience,” Buwa said. "If you believe you have what it takes to create to great film, you do not have to wait for others to make it happen, you can make things happen yourself."

 The Independent Filmmaking Workshop will take place on March 1 from 09h00 to16h30 at the Albany Hotel in Joe Slovo Street (Smith Street), Durban

To book your place or for more information on the workshop contact eThekwini Filmmakers Association Chairperson Andile Buwa via email at, call 072 994 343 or contact Sibongiseni Shangase on or call 031 311 4095.