KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
THE Sotambe Documentary Film and Arts Festival (SOTAMBE DFAF) to be held on September 18 to 22 at Kitwe Little Theatre has announced the opening of submissions for both local and international filmmakers in various categories.
This has been confirmed a joint statement released to the Weekend Mail by Sotambe DFAF directors Martina Mwanza and Daniel Mwale.
The festival is a five day event held annually with the main objective of educating and raising awareness on social issues through film and arts.
It serves as a platform for learning institutions that want to use documentaries, arts and panel discussions as a new and advanced method of learning while local filmmakers and artists showcase their projects, share ideas and inspire others.
There is an element of capacity building for the filmmaking industry through filmmaking workshops.
This year’s festival will be held under the theme “These are the Days – Celebrating a Zambian Filmmaker”.
“The theme is in keeping with and celebrates the developments taking place in the Zambian film industry,” the statement reads.
“The Government approved the Film Policy in 2017 and is working on establishing film schools. The government is in full swing implementing the digital migration process from an analogue platform in order to increase broadcasting capacity.
“Both private and national media houses will demand more and quality local content which will increase opportunities for the local film production houses and the consequent increase in employment. Zambian filmmakers therefore need to be prepared to meet these opportunities.”
Local and international filmmakers are invited to submit their projects in various categories which include documentaries, feature films, short film (maximum 10 minutes), cartoon/animation, television series (two episodes).
“Submissions are made online via https://bitly.com/SDFAF2018 with the deadline on 1st July 2018,” reads the statement.
“The fifth Sotambe Film Festival Anniversary will be accompanied by rich additional programmes. Filmmakers, prepare yourselves for rich days of brainstorming, sharing ideas and networking, a Film Conference, special movie screenings and presentations by international guests.
“Artists will have an opportunity to participate in an Art and Craft Exhibition lasting for the entire period of the festival. Viewers can look forward to a week of international and local movies screenings and interesting discussions.
“Students from Colleges and universities will take part in panel discussions after the movie screenings and get involved in a tree planting campaign.”