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Sunday, November 23, 2014


Edmund Mhlongo, the K-CAP Director and Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre founder, initiated the KZN African Film Festival (KAFF) in December 2003. It was known then as Kwa Mashu Film Festival and in 2007 it was renamed the KZN African Film Festival in order to spread the festival to other communities in the province.

KAFF takes place annually in December for a period of 10 days. During the screenings, KAFF complements its busy schedule with film empowerment workshops for aspirant local filmmakers.

KAFF now draws filmmakers from all over the world. More than 20 films are screened in three venues of Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, Ndwedwe and Hibiscus. 2014 films include Number Number, City of Violence, Joe Bullet, Khumba and many KZN films.

The key objective of KAFF is to present a quality, empowerment-oriented community-based film festival of South African-made films and Africa and international unique quality films -showcasing such films in previously inaccessible areas as a drive for developing film appreciation and growing new film audience whilst at the same time ensuring film development growth in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Complementing KAFF is a five-day intensive film-making workshop. These are run by industry experts mainly from South Africa and one invited guest from overseas. Workshops cover areas that represent as a crucial gap in the SA film industry, especially in KwaZulu-Natal.

Industry experts previously utilised include Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulan Seiphemo, Sechaba Morojele, Queen Motlatle, Madoda Ncayiyana, Geoff Theys, Thembi Mtshali, Smah Mbatha, Rose Motene and many other SA filmmakers. Internationally, KAFF has utilised the expertise of Gabrielle Union, Clyde, Eric Lau (USA) and many others.

All KAFF workshops are hands-on workshops aimed at providing appropriate empowerment.

It is the goal of KAFF to establish an Acting and Filmmaking Academy at Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre through partnering with international institutions to ensure that the level of expertise of local aspirant filmmakers is taken to higher heights to match the international standards.

For more information contact 031 504 6970 or email: Sindy Xaba on 031 504 6970.

Partners: KZN Film Commission, NFVF, KZN-DAC, EThekwini Municipality, Ukhozi FM