It has been a cold year—Fama


Film Association of Malawi (Fama) President, Ezaius Mkandawire, admitted Tuesday that the creative industry has suffered greatly this year with little support.

He said players in the creative industry just like other sectors have failed to implement some of their projects because of lack of funding and that the environment has not been conducive.

“I should be frank that it has been a cold year. The environment is not conducive,” Mkandawire said.


He said most civil society organisations that depend on donor support have felt the effects of the political impasse in the country.

“The current political environment has affected most sectors negatively. Some donors have tended to wait for the political impasse to improve,” Mkandawire said.

The country has been experiencing demonstrations orchestrated by Human Rights Defenders Coalition aimed at forcing Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson, Justice Jane Ansah, to resign allegedly for failing to manage the May 21 2019 elections well.


He said the current political environment has led to some artists’ failure to hold performances and at times get funding from the corporate world.

“We hope things will improve going to next year otherwise as an industry, we have lost out and a lot of artists have struggled despite having others doing well on the ground,” Mkandawire said.

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