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10 Apr 2018  |   Development Programmes Funding 2017/18

Seven Local filmmakers were selected to receive film funding of up to R1 250 000 in total in the 2017/18 financial year from the Durban Film Office film grant funding programme.

Five final projects have been selected to receive funding for 2017/18 from the Micro Budget Film Fund. These emerging local filmmakers will each receive mentorship and coaching with their film projects to help them produce commercially viable content as part of the Durban Film Office’s mandate to stimulate industry growth in this sector.

The five selected projects under Micro Budget Film Fund are;

1. Hairy Affairs by Kratos Creations produced by Acquillia Malinga. This is a story about an unemployed young man who, in desperation for money, cuts his dreadlocks to sell . His hair is bought by a lady-thief. Unfortunately a piece of her newly planted hair drops off at the scene of a crime in which she is involved in, which leads the police to arrest the owner of the hair through DNA traces. Poor guy must defend himself and prove his innocence.

2. Inyumba, by Well Done Productions produced by Phumzile Lukhozi, is a story about a barren 34 year old woman engaged to a man who is lured into having a child with a house helper. But the helper is actually lying as it later turns out it is the husband who is barren. 

3. Thalente by Indabenhle Productions produced by Glenrose Gasa, is a story about a homeless boy who almost get killed by mob because they suspect he stole something in town. When a stranger steps in to defend him they discover later that they are blood relatives.

4. Like Sheep by Untitled SS Productions produced by Thokozani Khoza is a suspense thriller film on a new order that is introduced by the SA Government to protect its citizens from violence and civil war. Under this new order convicted offenders will be sent into prison for rehabilitation, but not just any rehabilitation - a very psychologically frustrating and harsh rehabilitation.

5. UNqobile by FBN Entertainment produced by Gift Nxumalo, is a story about a young lady (Nqobile) from a village who grew up watching all sorts of women being abused in her area. Her only vision is to empower herself first and then come back to rescue the rest of the other women. But she meets unexpected criticism from one of her childhood friends.

Two final projects have been selected for Development Fund that will receive R250 000 each towards development of their feature films are;

1. Love Handles by Vuleka Productions produced by Julie Frederikse. This is a story of fighting stereotypes in the modelling industry. An overseas promoter of slimming products finds it a tough job as she realizes that being slim in the villages of South Africa is not received as a “good thing” as her slim model loses an audition to a larger village model.

2. Till Money do us Apart by PCM Productions produced by Clive Madiya. This is a humorous story about sensitive social subjects. Ben (the leading character) boasts about his success and fancy lifestyle in the village with two wives who each bore him sons. His wives submit to him, but his sons give him restlessness as they don’t want to look for jobs and milk him for money all the time.

This funding programme will be open again for new submissions for the upcoming financial year 2018/19. These opening and closing dates will be announced shortly.