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Fama seeks K60 million to hold debut fest

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By Deogratias Mmana:

Film Association of Malawi (Fama) president Gift Sukali said Tuesday that the creative body requires K60 million to hold its inaugural festival slated for November this year.

Sukali, a renowned filmmaker and videographer, made the remarks on Tuesday in Lilongwe during a press conference.

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The Fama president has since called for support from well-wishers and donors to successfully execute the festival which they will be holding annually.

Meanwhile, in a drive aimed at hyping up the festival and growing its stature, the association has planned several activities. Among them are film training workshops for film production and acting.

“We shall train 500 film makers by the end of the year and we encourage women to take part in this training,” Sukali, who is the brains behind Fatsani: A Tale of Survival movie with HD Plus, said.

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He added that that the association will also celebrate the achievements of the artists, who he said, are promoting the country’s culture through their works.

National Planning Commission (NPC) spokesperson Thom Khanje said the country’s 2063 vision includes creative arts as a development tool that has potential to create jobs and bring forex into the country.

He commended the association for creating a platform for filmmakers to showcase their works through an annual festival.

“NPC pledges its support to the film festival,” Khanje said.

Arts and craft officer in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Evelyn Chikoko said the ministry realises the potential the film industry has on the country’s socio-economic development and therefore, supports the coming of the film festival.

“The film industry has made strides although it is still in its infancy. Fama has made the right move. We are happy that the association also includes the private sector in the industry,” Chikoko said.

There have been film festivals in the past years but this is the first festival of its kind run by the association whose mission is to create a platform for filmmakers to celebrate their artistry and showcase to the general public the potency in the industry.

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