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Something new for Durban, The Durban Filmmakers Guild
Durban is probably the closest city to Los Angeles in weather, light intensity and locations. yet we lag behind the rest of SA in film production.Our talent has to migrate to excel. Film redefine a city and its culture. There is a need an organization that will develop, protect and promote the interests of Durban filmmakers.
Indie film producer and journalist, Massod Boomgaard says, "It is important that an organization is formed to trigger growth within our fledgling industry. Such an organization will see our talented film makers coming together, working together and supporting each other as we work towards the common goal of fulfilling the true potential of Durban as a film city.
Eubulus Timothy who is the Vice chair of the Writers Guild Of South Africa and the Founding chairperson of the Cape Film Commission believes that it is not too late to start in Durban. “We have the passion, creativity and locations to make Durban a great film city. We need the City and Province to support the industry in every way possible so that we can nurture a new and exciting film culture.
Former Deputy Mayor and Speaker of Ethekwini Municipality says, "Durban filmmakers need support to access funding, create distribution networks and help in promoting their products.”
Renowned producer director Junaid Ahmed said, “An organization like the Durban Filmmakers Guild can serve to unite filmmakers to speak with one voice on issues that impact on their art form. The Guild will also develop and enhance the profile and interests of all filmmakers in the city."
The Durban of Chamber Commerce and Industry will launch the Durban Filmmakers Guild on May 5, 2014 at 5:30, hosted by Ethekwini Municipality.