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THE KINGDOM FILM FESTIVAL (article first published : 2005-11-11)

The Kingdom Film Festival has been running for the past three years at Cinema Nouveau, Gateway. This will be its fourth year of exposing the emerging talent of student filmmakers in KwaZulu-Natal. Thanks to the support experienced last year from filmmakers and audiences alike, the festival this year is geared to become even bigger and better.

The aim is to incorporate students into the festival as well as professionals, semi-professionals and amateurs. Running from December 7 to 20, it is designed to be truly representative of all the spheres of KwaZulu-Natalís film making communities.

In 2005, the screening venues will be expanded from two venues to five. These include Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at Gateway; the Stable Theatre in Alice Street, Durban; The Indonsa Art Centre at Ulundi; Shelley Beach on the KZN South Coast and Pietermaritzburg (venue tbc). All entries are free and all the tickets to the films are free.

By charging an entrance fee, most festivals are exclusive to filmmakers who are filming and editing on high-end equipment. The aim of the Kingdom Film Festival is to incorporate all grades of filmmakers, including amateurs and students who are filming on almost no budget, using either loaned or entry level equipment and donít have the extra funds to expose their work in a professional cinema environment.

All entries to the festival need to be on DVD, VHS or SVHS. This ensures that all filmmakers, no matter what medium they are working on, have the ability to enter and take part in what promises to be precedent setting event.

The festival is divided into four categories: Student A level for those with one year or less training in film, video or media/communication studies from an established institution; Student: B level for those with more than one year of training in film, video or media/communication studies from an established institution; Amateur which includes individuals who approach film making for purposes other then financial gain, and Professional for individuals or companies that produce for television or film in a professional capacity for financial gain.

A further aim of the festival is to foster a taste amongst KwaZulu-Natalís audiences for local talent. Rather then relying exclusively on the international market for their entertainment needs, the Festival aims to expose audiences to stories that are drawn from the experiences of local storytellers and filmmakers. The Kingdom Film Festival will promote local film by fostering the development of local Filmmakers, and exposing untold stories and authentic South African experiences. Film is a cultural tool: by encouraging its growth, we ensure that culture remains dynamic and challenging.

Entries close on November 18. All film submissions need to be sent to: The Kingdom Film Festival, PO Box 1783, Durban, 4000. Entry doesnít guarantee that the film will be shown. Depending on the number of submissions and availability of screening time, screening of films will be at the sole discretion of the Kingdom Film Festival Committee, but the committee will try to accommodate all filmmakers to the best of their ability.

More information from festival coordinator Joe Carroll on 083 236 8873 or Lorraine on 031 301 3785 or e-mail joecarroll@telkomsa.net




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