Giving budding filmmakers a shot at success

Xolisa Phillip

NELSON Mandela Bay filmmaker Mayenzeke Baza yesterday offered budding producers insights on how to crack the European Film Market which is taking place in Berlin early next year.

Both aspiring and established filmmakers made their way to the Bay Studios in Chapel Street, Port Elizabeth, for a workshop on the inner workings and intricacies of tailoring their products for the lucrative European market.

Baza – representing his Association for Transformation in Film and Television, which put the workshop together – addressed yesterday’s meeting. He was joined by Dutch Indies’ Hans Bosscher and Pascal Schmitz, who both shared tips on film financing, distribution and sales. “The plan is to take two Nelson Mandela Bay filmmakers to Berlin next year, if everything goes to plan,” Baza said.

The workshop, which is sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry, has also been held in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Baza is an engineering graduate of the former Port Elizabeth Technikon. The 32-year-old entered the filmmaking arena in 2005.

His credits include Blood Tokoloshe, a South African take on the horror genre which premiered at this year’s Durban International Film Festival. He has done documentary work for the British Broadcasting Corporation, ITV’s Channel 4 and Al Jazeera.


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