Zimbabwean Filmmakers Shine on Global Stage

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by Victor Adetimilehin

The remarkable journey of Zimbabwean film producers, Tapiwa Chipfupa and Kudakwashe Maradzika, stands as a testament to the power of talent and determination. Their latest achievement has elevated them onto the global stage, catching the attention of international film aficionados.


Chipfupa, renowned for his works like “The Bag on My Back” (2013) and “Taste of Rain” (2012), joins forces with Maradzika, based in South Africa, to represent Zimbabwe in the third edition of the prestigious Creative Producer Indaba (CPI). This elite program is designed to foster the growth of film producers, empowering them with the skills needed to make a significant impact in the global cinema landscape.


The CPI, conceived by the Realness Institute and led by program director Elias Ribeiro, boasts strategic partnerships with industry giants like EAVE, the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s IFFR Pro, and Atlas Workshops. This collaborative effort serves as a beacon of hope for the African film industry, which has long suffered from underfunding and limited opportunities.


The CPI’s mission is clear: to equip 15 film producers with the leadership, entrepreneurial, and creative prowess required to realize their cinematic dreams. Participants from Africa, with or without existing projects, will collaborate with international peers interested in co-producing with Africa. The program will offer insights into project development, financing, legal matters, public relations, marketing, and more.


The real magic of the CPI lies in its mentorship and networking opportunities. Industry experts and mentors will guide these producers in their journey, helping them navigate the complexities of the film industry. This year’s selected group of African producers, including Maradzika and Chipfupa, will also benefit from support and mentorship from seasoned professionals.


The program’s reach extends beyond Africa, welcoming international producers who are eager to invest in and engage with African film projects. With a diverse cohort and a wealth of expertise at their disposal, the CPI promises to be a transformative experience for all involved.


The journey begins with an open assembly on November 6, followed by the Atlas Workshops at the Marrakech International Film Festival in Morocco from November 25 to December 1. The program will then move to the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands from January 25 to February 2, 2024, culminating in a series of online sessions from April 8 to 12, 2024.


This initiative not only showcases the talent and potential of African filmmakers but also highlights the importance of fostering lasting bonds within the industry. The collaboration between Realness Institute, EAVE, and other partners demonstrates a commitment to nurturing the creative spirit and diversity of storytelling.


As the film industry continues to evolve, the CPI serves as a shining example of how collective efforts can drive positive change. It offers a ray of hope for the next generation of filmmakers, bridging the gap between Africa and the global stage, and proving that with the right support and mentorship, the sky’s the starting point for African cinema.


Source: [Newsday Zimbabwe]

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