According to the Director of Film Production at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) of South Africa Nelly Molokoane, the dti will have spent R100 million ($7.7million) on the South Africa Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive by March 2018.
The Incentive scheme supports emerging black filmmakers and has since inception in 2014 supported 40 projects of emerging filmmakers from the dti budget.
The dti has partnered with the Industrial Development Cooperation, National Film and Video Foundation, South African Broadcasting Corporation and provincial film commissions to further assist filmmakers to finalize their projects and productions.
“The department approved 15 applications thereafter it increased to 40 over a period of three years. Partnership with these institutions will yield positive results in the near future and we will see more productions being supported. We are planning to host intense workshops in various provinces to assist filmmakers to access this support,” added Molokoane.
She was speaking at the Emerging Black Filmmakers Workshop hosted to provide training on the Incentive’s guidelines and to educate producers on how to access the scheme at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
Rehad Desai, the Director of the Marikana documentary Miners Shot Down, also a beneficiary of the incentive credited the scheme with the increased scale of productions since its launch.