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Thursday, May 29, 2014


(Janet van Eeden)

eThekwini filmmakers will be given the invaluable opportunity to meet and learn from one of South Africa’s prominent script writers and AFDA Durban Lecturer, Janet van Eeden, who will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Independent Filmmaking Workshop on Saturday (May 31).

Concept to story development will be the topic of the day and attendees can expect to see special screenings of locally produced films.

The Independent Filmmaking Workshop, previously known as the Zero Budget Filmmaking Workshop, is a film industry developmental initiative. A programme of the Durban Film Office and non-profit organisation, is managed by eThekwini Filmmakers Association (EFA), with the goal to help educate and equip filmmakers with necessary industry fundamentals and insight.

“This is an opportunity for budding and aspiring filmmakers to engage from their first-hand experience at the workshop what the film industry is all about,” said Durban Film Office Head Toni Monty.

Guest speaker, Janet van Eeden is a distinguished expert in scriptwriting and is currently a Script Writing Lecturer at the Academy of Film and Dramatic Arts (AFDA). She lectured previously at the Wildlife Film Academy, and is also the Writer/Producer at SHOT Productions. Her film project A Shot At The Big Time, a selected project first debuted in 2012 at the annual film production and finance market, the DFM. The short film premiered at the DIFF in July 2013, won an EFA award in November 2013 and was selected for this year’s Cannes Short Film Metrage where it was also screened.

“Janet van Eeden has exactly what the Independent Filmmaking Workshop needs; a wealth of experience, invaluable insight and knowledge to share with filmmakers. She is a notable expert who we see as a source of inspiration for budding filmmakers, as she has proven that as an industry leader, she can successfully contribute to local, national and international filmmaking,” said EFA Chairperson Andile Buwa.

The Independent Filmmaking Workshop will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 09h00 to 16h30 at the Albany Hotel in Joe Slovo Street (Smith Street), Durban. To book your place or for more information contact; eThekwini Filmmakers Association Chairperson Andile Buwa on email, or call 072 994 3343 or contact Sibongiseni Shangase at or call 031 311 4095.