The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission officially launches the ‘KZN Movie Nights’ online project. The project, which aims to distribute and broadcast local films online, was born as a result of trying to ensure that the KZN Film secures strategic investment through facilitation and promotion of film projects into the film industry in KwaZulu-Natal.
The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission’s mission is to be a catalyst for transformation in the local film industry, and over the year has funded over 200 projects, many of which have seen great success at international and local film festivals as well as breaking local box office records. What has emerged from the many successes is that although these films have been successful internationally, many of the local communities have not been able to access and enjoy stories created by local producers. Our goal is two pronged; to ensure the sustainability of the local film industry but also to grow local audiences by creating opportunities in which local audiences can consume this content. As such the Film Commission has a fund dedicated to growing local audiences, and this is achieved through activities such as the funding of local film festivals as well as community screenings.
The sudden outbreak of the Coronavirus forced the KZN Film Commission to think outside the box, and adapt to the covid social distancing restrictions. And the concept for online streaming of local content was envisioned. The organisation has partnered with Geego Africa, a local online events streaming mobile app. Using the GeeGo app, the KZN Film Commission will stream the KZN funded projects and reach thousands of active users. The organisation will create a monthly online screening event in which we stream one film per month and keep it on the platform for 1 week.
“We’re excited about this new project. The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission’s main objective is to transform and create a sustainable film industry. Initiatives such as these are a reflection of the organisation’s core values which are to collaborate and become industry thought leaders through innovation. Further to that we are thrilled to announce that the first film that will be streamed is the KwaZulu-Natal Film funded, award-winning film Uncovered,” Carol Coetzee.
The first of these online film screenings is scheduled to take place this Heritage Day, 24 September with the streaming of the film Uncovered. The film recently scooped 4 awards (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Film) at this year’s Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela KZN Film & Television Awards that took place on Saturday, 12 September.