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S/Africa’s film industry to get $1.9m funding from KZN gov’t - Official

APA-Durban (South Africa)

South Africa’s provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal will dish out US$1.9 million to finance the area’s film productions this year, Provincial Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Minister Nomusa Dube-Ncube said on Tuesday.

According Dube-Ncube, the funds will fund film production, development projects, and local film festivals in 2020 as part of the provincial government’s assistance to the Covid-19 hit industry.

Dube-Ncube said the financing of the local film industry was part of the province’s implementation of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan that Cabinet approved recently.

“We are encouraged by the fact that the film industry in KwaZulu-Natal, from pre-production to distribution, is playing a vital role in driving socio-economic development in our province,” Dube-Ncube said.

She added: “It (film industry) generates many more jobs indirectly in the support and hospitality industries, stimulating business in hotels, catering companies, restaurants and transport providers.”

Dube-Ncube has pledged her office’s continued support to nurture an excellent skills base in the area of film production, with excellent film locations offers at competitive rates through the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission.

"The nomination of six of our funded projects for the South African Film and Television Awards further indicates that the film industry can become a significant player in the national and international market," she said.

The films include “My Zulu Wedding,” “Uncovered”, “Keeping Up with the Kandasamys”, “Kings of Mulberry Street”, “Love Lives Here”, “3 Days to Go and Deep End”, she noted.

South Africa has a world-renown film industry, with its films having won international awards over the years.

The locally-made “Tsotsi” feature film won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film some years ago.

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