2019 SA Film Summit to tackle readiness for fourth industrial revolution

Mduduzi Mabaso receives the award for Best Actor in a Lead Role - Feature Film at the SAFTAs, 20 March 2016, at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Mabaso won for his role as Motheo in the film For Love And Broken Bones. Picture: Michel Bega

Is South Africa’s film and audiovisual industry ready for change and the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution?

This will be a key focus of the 2019 South African Film Summit, hosted by the department of arts and culture, which will run at Skyrink Studios in Johannesburg from 4 to 5 February.

According to the department, industry experts and policy makers within the audiovisual industry will deliberate on key resolutions as guiding efforts towards the development of the local film industry in alignment with emerging trends and global developments.

The summit will assess how current or emerging legislation and policies help or hinder transformation in the film and television industry and will evaluate if the industry is in line with global emerging trends that are premised on Pan-Africanism.

“[The summit] will create a platform for knowledge sharing through case studies and benchmarking with similar countries in the developing world. It will also evaluate the successes and challenges of national and regional film industries with particular reference to funding and resources of the sector,” said the department in a statement released on Wednesday.

Goals of the summit include proposing a distinct identity through South African storytelling, seeking a common consensus about the potential of the industry for nation building and using the industry as a catalyst for economic growth. Key recommendations for a five-year implementation plan would also be sought.

About 300 industry players, experts and policy makers from key organisations, government and industry will take part in the summit.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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