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Action! Ambitious filmmakers get a boost

At least 25 up-and-coming filmmakers received start-up equipment from the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC).

The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) celebrated a significant milestone with a successful equipment handover ceremony at the Kagiso Archive Centre.

The event held last month marked an important moment as 25 aspiring filmmakers received start-up equipment which will now allow them to live out their dream.

Gauteng Film Commission CEO Keitometsie Lebaka hands over equipment to Lebogang Mokoena.

An exciting musical performance by Gauteng String Quartet set the stage for an exciting event. The GFC would extend a warm welcome to attendees, emphasising the organisation’s commitment to fostering local talent.

The event also showcased a unique opportunity for a select group of beneficiaries to share their testimonials and outline plans for utilising state-of-the-art film equipment provided by the GFC.

Makakatlela Mogoba, Lebohang Phuphumane and Keitometsie Lebaka.

According to the head of marketing and communications at GFC Nano Mothibi, it was inspiring to discover that emerging filmmakers from Gauteng have ambitious plans, that include the establishment of audio-visual incubation centres, production companies, and the creation of web series that spotlight Gauteng locations currently underrepresented on television.

The highlight of the event was the official handover of the equipment. The equipment ranged from editing equipment, filming equipment, and drone packages.

GFC chief executive officer Keitumetse Lebaka closed the event with remarks highlighting the importance of collaboration not only among filmmakers but also with other sectors. She further stressed the significance of embracing industry mentors and producing quality work.

Keitometsie Lebaka speaking at the event.

“The journey of a filmmaker is not solitary; it thrives on collaboration, both within our creative community and across the broader sector,” Lebaka said.

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