KinoNamibia: Pitch your idea now!The KinoNamibia Film Festival is back after being unable to take place for the past two years due to the Covid pandemic.
KinoNamibia is a project held under the auspices of the Namibian Film Commission (NFC) for emerging local filmmakers. It aims to create a platform for the youth to come up with various film concepts around social issues that affect them.
KinoNamibia serves as both a film production network and skills transfer and mentoring platform, bringing together aspiring directors, producers, screenwriters, editors, camera operators, sound and production designers, poets, actors, comedians, musicians and all film enthusiasts who wish to express their creativity through film Express.
The film festival was inspired by an international movement called KinoKabaret and was presented for the first time in Namibia in 2017. The young participants meet, form groups and must produce short local films within 48 hours.
On the first day, participants meet for the conceptualization and pre-production phase, with production and post-production following for the next two days. The teams are expected to submit their final short films on day three with the films screened on the last day of the festival.
SDGs in the spotlight
This year, the three-day festival runs from 26 to 29 August, with the public screening taking place again on 29 August at 18:00 at the Goethe Institute's auditorium.
This year's theme for the festival focuses on seven of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Agenda 2030. The seven goals relate to poverty, health, quality education, gender equality, innovation, climate change and governance.
The participants are expected to propose solution-driven story ideas related to current societal issues around these topics that can be developed into short films.
The emphasis is therefore on films that focus on building a more inclusive and sustainable Namibian economy and society that is more resilient in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and other global challenges - from a youth perspective.
KinoNamibia now invites aspiring filmmakers to register for the festival. Registrations opened on 18 July and will continue until all tickets are sold out. Tickets cost N$20 and only 150 are available.
Interested parties can register via KinoNamibia Google Forms, the link for which can be found on the KinoNamibia Facebook page.
The festival is sponsored by the NFC, the Goethe Institute and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Accelerator Lab.