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24 movies to screen at Malawi Film Festival

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About 24 films will be screened during the two-day inaugural Malawi Film Festival led by Film Association of Malawi (Fama) to be held at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe from November 25 to 26 2022.

Fama President Gift Sukez Sukali said during a press briefing at Ngale Arts in Lilongwe Monday that they received 32 entries which included 11 feature films, 19 short films and two documentaries.

“But after scrutiny, we selected 11 feature films and 13 short films. The 24 films have been nominated for the awards to be presented during the festival whose judges include veteran filmmaker Shemu Joyah and Zambia’s Mutale Monde, popularly known as Mr Nguzu, who is also a special guest,” Sukali said.

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He said the more entries received was proof that the country is making headway as far as filmmaking is concerned.

“Filmmakers, actors and all players involved in filmmaking are passionate about raising this sector. We want to grow the industry and all we need is support,” Sukali said.

Joyah’s award-winning film The Road to Sunrise will screen on the opening day of the festival, which is running under the theme ‘Film Making for Social Economic Growth and Cultural Preservation’.

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The other films expected to screen at the festival include Ashukile Mwakisulu’s All We Have is Us, Chaz’s High Brow and Fatsani: A Tale of Survival by Sukez and HD Plus.

“Apart from screenings, this festival offers us an opportunity to interact and network with the private sector. We will have discussions and presentations,” he said.

Director of Arts in the Department of Arts in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Humphrey Mpondaminga said they are pleased with the initiative.

“Efforts have been made before but they never materialised. The beauty about it all is that this initiative is coming from filmmakers themselves,” Mpondaminga said.

He said the platform is important in that it will also be creating space for demand for films made locally.

“There is growth in the industry looking at the number of films that are being produced, but there are one or two things we need to look at and this includes quality of our products if we are to compete on the international level,” Mpondaminga said.

MultiChoice Malawi Corporate Affairs Manager Zena Makunje said they prioritise investing in the country’s film and television industry.

“We are proud to share that we will be working with Fama to market their event and we are bringing Mr Mutale Monde, better known as Mr Nguzu from popular Zambezi Magic show Mpali,” Makunje said.

“He will be part and parcel of the activities taking place at Malawi Film Festival and look forward to having him see all the incredible talent Malawian filmmakers have to offer,” she added.

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