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20 Oct 2020

DIRECTOR CHALLENGES YOUNG FILMMAKERS

The Director of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Mr Nicholas Moyo has challenged young filmmakers to be bold and shake off the old narrative associated with the Film industry in Zimbabwe.

Mr Moyo said this during a meeting with Sydney Taivavashe (Director) and Tariro Washe (Producer) of the Movie Gonarezhou which won the Best First Feature Narrative category at this year’s edition of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) held in February in Los Angeles, USA.

“As young filmmakers, you should not listen to the old story that Film does not work in Zimbabwe, instead you need to look at new and innovative ways of telling your stories so that they are appreciated by a wider audience,” the director said.

He congratulated the cast and crew of the Anti-poaching movie and called on filmmakers to take the Zimbabwean Story to the World.

“Zimbabwe has its unique way of life and challenges that the world needs to know about. These have to be packaged in a manner that the world would want to see. Once you create a good product, it will be appreciated, good works push themselves,” said Mr Moyo.

The director also revealed that going forward, the NACZ will soon be developing a National Strategy for the film Sector and called on filmmakers to be part of the exercise.

“The strategy should help to set priorities for the development of the local film industry and as players in the sector you need to come on board so that you can articulate what you want to happen in the sector,” he said.

Washe revealed that with the recent partial re-opening of the creative sector, they were now working on the delayed premiere of the movie in Zimbabwe.

“We are now finalizing the launch dates and venues and we will be able to advise when this will be done. We are looking at having events in Harare, Bulawayo and Masvingo. We would love to take it to other parts of the country, but there is the issue of costs,” she said.

Gonarezhou tracks the life of Zulu, an honourable rural man, for who survival is a constant battle living in a village with a large animal population and boasts of an all-star cast which includes singer Tamy Moyo, President Mnangagwa’s daughter Tariro and veteran actor Eddie Sandifolo among others.

 

17 Oct 2020

GOVERNMENT APPROVES PARTIAL RE-OPENING OF THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTOR

Government has approved the partial re-opening up of low-risk sectors of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) in line with Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (Consolidation and Amendment) Order SI 200/2020.

In a statement, the Director of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) Mr Nicholas Moyo said players in the identified low-risk sectors seeking to reopen under the relaxed measures will have to apply for permission from the NACZ and they will only be allowed to resume operations if council is satisfied that they are able to adhere strictly to set COVID19 transmission prevention protocols and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

“As the sector is celebrating the relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions which have seen the CCIs dormant for the past 6 months, NACZ would like to encourage players in the sector to take advantage of the relaxation of the lockdown conditions to go back to their creative spaces and engage in serious production for the sector to recover some of the opportunities lost due to the corona virus epidemic,” the Director said.

Mr Moyo said after successfully lobbying for the sector’s reopening, the NACZ implores industry players to put the health of practitioners and consumers of CCI products at the forefront of their operations to avoid the sector become a vector in the transmission of the deadly virus.

“In this regards the NACZ encourages artistes to establish and adhere to the set COVID-19 prevention protocols and Standard Operating Procedures at all times as they reopen their creative spaces”, he said.

In the statement, the NACZ also announced that only low-risk sectors including exhibitions in Galleries and Museums, Book launches, Film production, Training Centres cum Schools of Arts, Arts and Culture Centres, Visual Art Studios, Music Recording studios, Drive-In Cinema, Studio recording for online publication, Theatre Houses for Drama, Dance, Movies and Spoken Word had been cleared to resume their operations with immediate effect.

“The government also approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the players to adhere to so as to maintain the low-risk status of the opening sectors,” the Director said.

The SOPs cover issues to do with sanitization at the entrance at entry and exit points, Temperature Checks, Wearing of face masks and shield by patrons and staff, Registration of all attendees for particular events, Social distancing in set up and activities, Sanitization of physical objects/equipment within Arts spaces, Fumigation of premises before and after usage.

Other areas also covered in the SOPs include Audiences to conform to the 100 allowed for gatherings, Selling of tickets in advance to control numbers, Sale of alcohol at the venues, Staff regular health checks for the testing of COVID-19 and the immediate closure of an arts space in case of COVID-19 cases detection.

Mr Moyo said the NACZ was ceased with the task of ensuring and monitoring that the reopening of CCI spaces adhere to the set SOPs.

“I would also like to advise members of the general public and patrons of CCIs that COVID-19 is still in our midst. Let’s all play our part to prevent the resurgence of local transmission cases with the reopening of the sector. Reckless and wanton behaviour will not benefit the CCI sector as COVID-19 spreads easily in areas of irresponsibility,” Mr Moyo said.

The partial reopening of the arts sector comes as a huge relief to practitioners who have failed to practice and perform their art since the first total lock down was initiated by government in March

15 Oct 2020

Public presentation of the Zimbabwe Quadrennial Periodic Report

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) with the guidance of the UNESCO Expert Facility will host a one-day multi-stakeholder public presentation and validation of the Zimbabwe 2005 Quadrennial Periodic Report on Friday 16 October 2020 at Cresta Oasis Hotel in Harare.

 

The report, which started to be drafted in December 2019 by the members of the National Team is due to be submitted on 01 November 2020. The meeting is expected to reunite relevant stakeholders who include artists, cultural practitioners, media professionals, public institutions and representatives of various ministries for a final reflection and validation.

 

After the public presentation, the national team will come together for a debriefing session to integrate the results of the public debate in view of finalizing the periodic report. The national team will also discuss lessons learnt and follow-up actions.

 

The quadrennial periodic report (QPR) is a form that is collaboratively completed by the public, private and civil society actors underlining the state of cultural policies in a country, which is submitted by State Parties to UNESCO’s 2005 Convention every 4 years.

 

The elaboration of the QPR process strengthens the network of cultural policy makers to better monitor the ever-evolving creative industries. The process identifies a number of challenges such as lack of relevant data and information required for evidence-based and transparent policy-making; limited capacity to assess and monitor the impact of policies and measures for the diversity of cultural expressions; fragile networking between governments and civil society.

 

The elaboration of Zimbabwe’s QPR, benefited from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) project called “Reshaping cultural policies for the promotion of fundamental freedoms and the diversity of cultural expressions” where Zimbabwe and other 16 partner countries are beneficiaries.

 

The project is a follow up (phase II) of the successful similar project entitled, “Enhancing fundamental freedoms through the promotion of the diversity of culture expression” to which Zimbabwe submitted its first Quadrennial Periodic Report.

 

Government officials and representatives from the Ministry of Information, Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation, non-governmental organisations, civil society tourism stakeholders, creatives and artists, entrepreneurs are expected to attend presentation. The Ministry of Youth Sport Arts and Recreation, Dr T Chitepo is expected to officiate. Other speakers include National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Director Mr. Nicholas Moyo and UNESCO Regional Director for Southern Africa, Prof. Hubert Gijzen.

13 Oct 2020

NACZ Congratulates Jah Pryzah, Sha Sha and Winky for AEAUSA Nominations

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has congratulated Zimbabwean artists Jah Pryzah, Sha Sha and Winky D who were recently nominated for the African Entertainment Awards United States of America (AEAUSA).

The artists were nominated for the Entertainer of the Year, Best Female Artiste and Best Dancehall Artiste award categories respectively.

In separate letters to the high-flying artistes, NACZ Director Mr Nicholas Moyo said the nominations were in recognition of the artistes’ talent, passion and dedication to their craft which they had exhibited throughout their musical careers.

“As NACZ we are proud that your work has raised high the national flag and we appreciate that all this has come due to your talent and passion for music which has raised your stature in the local and international music circles”, He said.

Mr Moyo said the nomination for the awards had elevated the profile of the artiste’s brands and the general Arts industry in Zimbabwe.

“It is my humble submission that this continental recognition will propel you to even greater success. We wish you the best of luck on the Awards night and all the best in your future endeavours,” he said

Meanwhile, the NACZ Director has encouraged BET Award Winner and Africa Entertainment Awards (AEAUSA) Nominee Sha Sha to remain focused and dedicated to her music to blossom into an international music brand.

Mr Moyo was speaking in Harare, after meeting the South Africa based musician who is currently visiting the country.

“The quality of your work is the one that will give you an entry into stardom. Once you are in there and you have built a brand it does not matter what you will produce people will always go for a brand,” He said.

09 Sep 2020

CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH(ICFF)

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Cultural Centre) is inviting Zimbabwe Children and Youth Arts performing Organizations to take part in the upcoming 33rd International Film Festival for Children and the Youth to be held from the 18th – 23rd October 2020 in Iran. Due to Covid-19, the festival will be held virtually.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION DETAILS

CATEGORIES
A) Feature Films
i. Best Film Award
ii. Best Director Award
iii. Best Script Award
iv. Best Actor Award
v. Best Technical & Artistic Achievement Award
vi. Special Jury Award

B) Short Films
i. Best Fictional Film Award
ii. Best Animation Award

Terms and Conditions
– Films will be selected by the festival committee under the supervision of the festival di-rector.
– The content and narration of the films submitted should be suitable for children and Youth.
– In this edition, all films that haven’t been screened in Iranian theatres or on streaming platforms are eligible to participate. Films that have been rejected in previous editions are not eligible.
– The films will be screened in two different age groups : (6 to 9) and (10 to 15)
– Short films should not be longer than 15 minutes and feature length films should not be less than 75 minutes. Animations should be at least 70 minutes long.

Film Submission
– Interested participants should register and submit the online screener link of their film via the official festival portal at www.portal.icff.ir .

  • The physical copy of the film should be sent to the festival office in one of these formats: DVD, Blu-ray or USB.
  • The complete press kit of the film comprising of the director’s statement, biography, filmography, director’s photo, film poster, brochure, film soundtracks, film stills and a 3-minute trailer should be submitted.
  • The master copy of the selected film should include English subtitles.
  • The deadline for all film submissions is September 15, 2020.
  • The deadline for the submission of the master copy of the film is September 30, 2020.
  • All selected films will receive a Certificate of Participation from the festival.
  • Late submissions will not be acceptable and the selected film will automatically be re-moved from all festival programmes.
  • The screening schedule will be planned and executed by the festival committee.
  • Once a film is selected and confirmed by the participant, it can’t be withdrawn from the festival programme.
  • Selection and participation in one of ICFF’s competitive sections entails unconditional acceptance of the festival rules & regulations.
  • Only the producer, distributor or any authorised party of the film is entitled to submit the film.
  • The abovementioned regulations have been drawn up in both Persian and English languages. If problems of interpretation shall arise, the Persian version of the regulation will prevail.
  • The board of management of the ICFF is entitled to take decisions that are not foreseen in the above regulations and to modify them under special circumstances.

Submissions and further correspondence may be submitted to the organizers on
https://en.icff.ir/463/the-33rd-international-film-festival-for-children-and-young-adults-icff-rules-regulations/

CONTACT INFORMATION

International Festival of Films for Children and Youth
Tehran Headquarters: No.59, Sie Tir Avenue, 1135817113 TEHRAN, IRAN
Tel: + 98 21 66736840
Fax: +98 21 66728758
E-mail: Icffprog@gmail.com
Website: www.icff.ir
Isfahan Headquarters: Abbasi Complex, Amadgah st.,in Front of the Abbasi Hotel, Isfahan, 8144917886,Iran.
Tel: +98(31)32225535
Fax: +98(31)32221298
E-mail: Info@icff.ir

 

31 Aug 2020

CREATIVE SECTOR MOURNS DAVID MUNGOSHI

Players in the creative sector in Zimbabwe have paid tribute to the late writer, poet and actor David Mungoshi (71) who passed away on Saturday.

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Director Mr Nicholas Moyo, said Mungoshi was a multi-talented individual who excelled in various arts disciplines.

“The passing on Mungoshi has indeed left a huge void in the arts sector as he contributed to the development of the sector through mentoring and his invaluable insights as a panelist in the NAMA adjudication committee for the literary categories.” Moyo said.

Mungoshi is a 2010 National Arts Merit Award (NAMA) winner for his novel “The fading Son” written in 2009 which tackled issues of breast cancer and its effect on the patient, their spouse, family and friends. The book was put on the list of literature set books for schools.

Monica Cheru the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Writers association (ZWA) said Mungoshi left the world a richer place because of the caliber of his literary works.

“As a writer and editor of the highest caliber, Davids works are of a superb nature and will forever remain standards of writing to be emulated. David helped groom many upcoming and established writers. He was a simple and humble man who was willing to support other writers in the community”, Cheru said.

Philip Chidavaenzi the founder of Writers Clinic described Mungoshi as one of the country’s foremost authors, a revered English editor, distinguished linguist and literary critic.
“Those who have been in Writers Clinic since inception will recall that we were priviledged to rub shoulders with this literary giant who did a month-long series dubbed “Insights into Poetry” a few years back,” said Chidavaendzi.

In a tweet, Author and Founder of Intwasa Festival Raisedon Baya described the late Mungoshi as a gentle mentor.

“Aaaah No! David Mungoshi gone. Some years ago he edited my book, “Mountain of Silence”. Such a gentle fella. RIP”, Baya said.

Mungoshi is the author of “Broken Dream and other stories” (1987) “Stains on the wall” (1992) and “the Fading Son” (2009). He also contributed to Poetry with his works featured in many anthologies following his own collection of poems “Live like an artist” (2017) which is a retrospective arc populated by femme fatales, oral histories, metaphysical musings and coming of age diaries.

A former University of Zimbabwe linguistics lecturer, Mungoshi will also be remembered as an actor for his role as John Huni in the local groundbreaking soapie Studio 263. He also starred in other local film productions, “The postman” and Ngugi wa Mirii’ “Secrets” which he also assisted in editing dialoguing the scripts.

21 Aug 2020

ARTISTS CALL FOR MORE PARTNERSHIPS TO DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES OF COVID19

There is need for artists to build strong partnerships within and beyond the creative sector in Zimbabwe if the segment is to utilise the opportunities brought by COVID19 to transform itself into a recognisable viable and vibrant cultural industry.

These sentiments were raised by participants in a ResiliArt debate organised by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) on the Zoom platform which focused on the youth in the arts, the impact of COVID19 and opportunities for future development.

Lisa Sidambe of Nhimbe Trust said while artists had responded to the challenges brought by COVID19 through taking their work to digital spaces there was a need to support this transformation with the required policy framework and infrastructure.

“Artists need to work together to package digital products and promote their consumption this is very difficult at the moment as there is very minimal policy environment to support adaptability to this new digital environment,” she said.

Artist and House of Arts Association Executive Chairperson Casper Chigama said COVID19 had jolted the creative persons in the country to transform their analogue ideas into digital projects which have created room for more collaboration between various categories of artists.

“The digital environment has increased marketing space for some creative arts while others have suffered diminished returns due to lack of physical audiences, we, therefore, need to create a space to dialogue as the youth to chart the way forward for the arts sector,” said Chigama.

Plot Mhako the founder of Jibilika Dance Trust said there is a need for coherence in terms of government support to the sector.

“At the moment ministries like Tourism, Youth, Industry and Trade all deal with artists in one way or another, resulting in disconnection in support of the arts sector. Artists need to come together to examine and determine the vision for the arts sector in Zimbabwe” Mhako said.

Representing the Zimbabwe Youth Council (ZYC) Juliana Kariri said artists should take advantage of the dialoguing platforms offered by the government to air their views and lobby for the support they preferred from the state.

“We had the youth Relief Fund meant to assist youth social enterprises across the country, while the fund was meant to complement other funds, it is disheartening that there was a low uptake of the fund in the Arts sector. We had 5000 grant applications of which 1092 were successful sadly only 20 were in the Arts Sector” she said.

The Deputy Director of NACZ, Mr Josiah Kusena called on the artists to be pro-active in their dealings with the government.

“The government won’t think for the sector. Government works on what the industry wants. There is a need for you (artists) to make submissions, create documents that go to the appropriate government officers. Without that nothing will happen” Mr Kusena said.

ResiliArt is a global movement initiated by UNESCO that aims to strengthen the resilience of artists and cultural professionals in the face of the enormous challenges posed by the current COVID19 health crisis.

12 Aug 2020

Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards set for 28 November 2020

The 2020 edition of the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RBAA) ceremony will now be held on the 28th of November 2020 as organisers grapple with the effects of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

The awards which had been scheduled for the 29th of August are meant to recognise and honour exceptional individuals and groups in Matabeleland. In a statement the organisers said the spread and impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented.

“This public health emergency will likely result in a global economic crisis – both of which will hit the poorest and most marginalized communities the hardest. With this in mind we will postpone the main RoilBAA ceremony,” said the organisers.

The virtual press conference also saw the launch of the RoilBAA Conscious Citizenship Strategy which is a response to the devastating consequences of the corona virus.

“RoilBAA is redoubling efforts to help, protect and sustain our creatives and their families and ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable creatives are prioritised in response and recovery efforts. It is to this effect that we launch the RoilBAA Conscious Citizenship Strategy, a strategy that can play a critical role in supporting the arts sector and help their efforts in creating work in these trying times”, the statement said.

The awards, now in their fourth year have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen the country go on lockdown for the past five months. Meanwhile the sponsors of the event have promised Covid-19 food relief packages to previous award winners.

25 Jul 2020

CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE PAN AFRICAN MBIRA FESTIVAL

Entries are invited for the Pan African Mbira festival which runs online from the 15 to 30 September 2020.

The festival which is an online celebration of Africa through music seeks to celebrate the diversity of African cultural expressions which have given birth to many music forms cultures and traditions across continents.

In a statement the organisers said, the festival is a platform on which Africans can in their own voices and digital spaces showcase their work discover each other and collaborate.

“” Internationally African musical instruments like the Balafon, Dyembe, Kora, Mbira, Nyatiti and Udu are making a noticeable global imprint on the music diets of many cultures. Sadly most of this growth is occurring and mostly being leveraged outside the continent”. The statement said.

The expected outcomes of the festival are celebrating the richness and diversity of African music and musical instruments. Increase African generated digital music content on the internet. Offer a digital platform for intra Africa music collaboration.

The organisers called for submissions of music performances, new music compositions, interpretations and collaborations, Art articles, audio visual exhibitions, dance, photo exhibitions, podcasts, project launches and submissions for children.

For submissions participants can submit a link, audio video file and entry write up. Individuals can submit their own project or any projects in their country that they feel need the attention of the organisers.

“Each audio visual material must not be longer than 10 minutes; 3 to 5 minutes will be an ideal length. Radio and podcast submissions can be their normal length.” The organisers said.

The deadline for the submission of entries is 15 august 2020 and for more details and the submission of entries interested artists can email: mbiracentre@mbiracentre or whatsApp+263712216054 or  Facebook: Pan African Mbira Festival

23 Jun 2020

RESILIART DISCUSSION ASSESSES THE IMPACT OF COVID19 ON FEMALE ARTISTES

South African Artist and the co-founder of the Trade Union for Musicians of South Africa (TUMSA), Ernestine Deane will join Zimbabwean Actress Patience Phiri and Music Crossroads Director Melody Zambuko in a ResiliArt discussion assessing the Impact of COVID 19 on Female Creatives: challenges and opportunities for the future on Wednesday 24 June 2020.

The discussion which will be hosted by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe comes against a background of concern about the lockdown effects on women in general who are the primary caregivers in society. It, therefore, aims to look at the particular pressures that female artists have had to face during the covid19 lockdowns.

Running from 1100 to 1230 hours on the Zoom Conferencing platform the dialogue will look at how women have coped with the restrictions in the creative sector and will go further to look at the opportunities that have been availed by the relaxation of lockdown restrictions. This dialogue seeks to come up with ways that women can adopt and adapt to take advantage of the new operating environment to resume or continue their creative work.

Deane is a Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Cultural activist, Heritage artist, Healer and UNESCO Cultural Expert. She will share experiences from South Africa looking at how women can take advantages of opportunities arising from the post COVID era and the new operating environment following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions

Patience Phiri is an Artist and Entrepreneur. In her presentation, she will examine the lessons that female creatives have learnt from the lockdown brought by the COVID-19 disease.Melody Zambuko is the Director of Music Crossroads and she will discuss the COVID 19 Challenges peculiar women artists and how women have managed to continue being creative in the face of these problems.

The ResiliArt Debate is part of a global network of cultural professionals that sheds light on the current state of creative industries through virtual discussions. The devastation brought to the entire culture value chain will have a long-lasting impact on the creative economy. Founded by UNESCO, ResiliArt aims to ensure the continuity of conversations, data sharing, and advocacy efforts long after the pandemic subsides.

The debates are a global response to the health crisis brought on by the novel coronavirus which has seriously affected artists across the world, most of whom were already working part-time, on an informal basis or under precarious contracts before the pandemic. Many creatives are struggling to make ends meet resulting in a global cultural emergency.

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