A new ZAM exhibition was launched during an encounter last Friday of South African filmmakers and producers in the basement of the Dutch Cultural Media Fund. This get-together was organized by ZAM together with Dutch Indies, the South African Documentary Filmmakers Association and Afrovibes.
The South African documentary industry has grown substantially over the past two decades of democracy. The attendance of a delegation of makers and producers from this country at the annual International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam for the fourth time is evidence of this growth. What stories are told by South African film makers? How do they reach out to audiences? How are the projects financed?
A number of productions this year made it to the official programme of IDFA. At the get together on Friday November 21, 2014, trailers were shown, also from productions that are not part of the official programme. The event was hosted by Kgomotso Matsunyane, tv presenter and film maker. Teboho Pietersen, director of the South African Filmmakers Documentary Association, Lindsay Louis, 3d Secretary at the South African Embassy in The Hague, Jennifer Tosch (Black Heritage Tours), Bart Luirink (ZAM) and Bob Meijs (Afrovibes) gave brief presentations.