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Namibian filmmakers express alienation

Namibian filmmakers express alienation

Zorena Jantze
FILMMAKERS have accused the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) of favouritism in the allocation of grants.
During the NFC’s industry development plan of 2019 meeting in the capital, a well-known local film director, Freddie Philander, accused the commission of dumping the Filmmakers Association of Namibia (FAN), and in the process making it difficult for filmmakers to get access to funding for film projects.

Pictured: NFC board, Miranda Stein. Photo: Zorena Jantze

Disputing the claims, Miranda Stein stated that it is not within the NFC’s mandate to manage FAN, adding that there has been non-activity from the FAN board, with the body not applying for an annual grant from the commission for this financial year.
Stein further urged film makers to step up and revive the association.
During the 2018/2019 financial year, the Commission rolled out film local content development projects to the tune of N$2.3 million, which accounted to 72% of the total allocated budget.
This has created employment for 69 Namibians and trained 12 aspiring filmmakers.
For the financial year, government has allocated the film commission with N$3.6 million, of which 82% will be geared toward industry development projects.
Touching on international film productions made in Namibia, Stein stated that a total of 130 filming permits were allocated mainly to South Africa, UK, Germany, France and the US in 2018.
Stein added that this created a revenue of N$74 million dollars and created 803 local jobs.
She, however, stated that to improve the Namibian film industry, more international films should be done in cooperation with local facilitators.

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