South Africa and Kenya to promote local film production
South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation and the Kenya Film Commission have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to better position their continent on the world’s film stage.
The purpose of the agreement, signed yesterday (20 May) in Cannes, is to stimulate the production of film which tells African stories by African filmmakers.
In order to reach this goal, both organisations pledged to support the film industry by providing filmmakers with more and better opportunities to access production facilities, stimulate co-productions and encouraging skills transfers.
Zama Mkosi, CEO of South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation said: “As African countries we are steadily earning a place on the global stage, and working together will guarantee joint development of content as well as marketing of both the countries’ films and talent.”
Kenya's film commissioner, Peter Muthie, said: “We are pleased as Kenya Film Commission and the whole of Kenya film industry to be commencing this partnership with South Africa. This is the beginning of a strong relationship that will ensure that we tell authentic African stories. We are also celebrating our first official participation in Cannes and already, opportunities are opening up for our filmmakers.”