Ninth Annual Ugu Film Festival – South Coast Herald
The highly anticipated 9th Ugu Film Festival will take place from September 23-26 this year.
Following last year’s virtual event, organizers have confirmed that this year’s edition will take place in a hybrid format to accommodate online participation, as well as a limited number of participants at a site in Port Shepstone.
Hosted by Zindela Pictures and supported by the National Film and Video Foundation (The NFVF), Saigon Cowboys Pictures, GS Bookings and Aroma Pictures, the Ugu Film Festival will feature industry-focused film screenings, lectures and workshops.
“This year we decided to use the hybrid model because we believe that job creation should always be part of the cinema value chain. With our presence in a venue, we aim to give our young people the opportunity to experience and get physically involved in the organization of the festival, ”said Senzo Zindela, CEO of Zindela Pictures.
The festival will offer an entertaining and engaging menu; opening with the screening of the South African film, The Hell City. Directed by Tebogo Mmela and starring legendary Patrick Shai, The Hell City has a colorful array of popular and new actors.
Other films that will capture audiences include; Anger Origin, Imfundo Nesintu, UKhumbuzile, Nyara, After The Night With Valerie and Everything is False.
The festival has also booked lectures that include, but are not limited to, screenwriting, film regulation, politics and legal industry, film financing, film production and distribution, as well as as the art of film development and financing.
These will be offered by industry professionals, including representatives of the NFVF, internationally renowned directors and producers, as well as representatives of the local municipality of Ray Nkonyeni. “Skills development is at the forefront of our objectives; therefore, our audience will again benefit immensely from the workshops we organize with the aim of imparting knowledge, ”Zindela said.
The closing film for this year’s edition is Besekgreti, a local film directed by Siyabonga Zulu.
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