GFC to take part in Tribeca 2012
- Created on 17 April 2012
The Gauteng Film Commission, in partnership with the Cape Film Commission, the Durban Film Office, the Department of Trade and Industry and the South African Consulate in New York, will be taking part in the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York from 18 to 29 April 2012.
A total of 11 Gauteng-based filmmakers will get the opportunity to meet and network with the organisers of the festival and other industry stakeholders in the US. The delegation will be led by the GFC’s acting CEO Mzwandile Masina and supported by officials from the commission and the provincial Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.
The aim of the GFC’s participation in Tribeca is to give South African filmmakers exposure to this important international festival with a view of forging partnerships with participating US filmmakers and producers, and to showcase South African content to international content buyers and financiers. Despite this, a great deal of work still has to be done to ensure previously disadvantaged filmmakers are skilled and equipped with the necessary resources to be able to compete on international platforms.
The GFC sees this mission as a big opportunity to give Gauteng and South African filmmakers a platform to showcase their projects and talent to relevant international stakeholders in the film and TV industry, with the potential of expanding their networks.
The Gauteng delegation will also participate in meetings and events organised by the Tribeca Film Festival and the South African Consulate General. These will include a series of meetings with targeted film and TV stakeholders in New York, including the Commissioner’s Office in the City of New York.
“It is pleasing to see a significant number of Gauteng filmmakers including some of the projects that were supported by the GFC making it to international platforms,” said Masina.
“As much as it is a good idea to have South African content on international platforms, it would be ideal to have an annual content market in Gauteng that attracts key international film and TV stakeholders including producers, financiers, content buyers and distributors. This will ensure that some of our local filmmakers who are not in a position to attend international platforms are given an opportunity to showcase their projects and talent in their own environment thus fulfilling government’s role of ensuring that a conducive environment is created for Gauteng filmmakers to flourish and be self sustainable.”