Preparations for the 5th Ugu Film Festival gained further momentum​ as organizers unveiled the final programme for this year’s edition at a media briefing at Umhlanga’s The Pearls Boutique Restaurant and Cafe.

Festival founder and curator Mr Senzo Zindela  was excited to announce the final programme for the 5th Ugu Film Festival which from humble beginnings has managed to draw investment, international film producers and tourists to the Ugu District. The programme includes industry workshops, screenings at surrounding townships and rural areas as well as the opening and closing night film screenings.

Isivivane sikaShaka, a local film produced and directed by Port Shepstone based filmmakers, is scheduled as the opening film for this year. The micro-budget film is the inspiration behind this year’s theme- ‘Unity is Power: uniting to restore the original narrative’ because of the effort and sacrifice that went into producing it and retelling the UShaka narrative in its most original form.

“Books have been written about King Shaka of which most of them have twisted facts, this documentary goes deep and unpacks unknown things. It was produced as a community project where all stakeholders contributed what they know to make it a success, and the good thing about it is that it is starring up and coming actors from UMthwalume. It is a well-crafted doccie-film that must not be missed.” said festival curator Mr Senzo Zindela.

Vaya, which is directed by Akin Omotoso, will close the 5th edition of the Ugu Film Festival. The film interweaves three separate plots, which intersect and intertwine in a gripping, deeply moving and often funny narrative about struggling for survival and dignity in the city. The film scooped the Best South African Feature Film award at the recent Durban International Film Festival.

Other films that will be screened include, Mbongeni Ngema’s Asinamali, Bad Genius produced locally by a Thai crew as well as Unknowna micro-budget film produced by local film makers. The confirmed screenings and industry workshops are;

21 September- Opening night (Wild Coast Casino)

22-24 September- Industry programme (Deroches Hotel)

24 September- Closing Night (St Michael’s Beach)

Outreach visits and screenings will take place at Gamalakhe hall, Umthwalume Hall and Margate Library at 14h00 from 22 to 24 September.