By NCHIMUNYA MIYOBA
Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu has challenged local film makers to create strategies that depict Zambian lifestyle and culture in their work.
Speaking during the Sotambe Documentary film and Arts Festival preview held at the Kitwe Little Theatre, Mr Mpundu said Government expects to see originality in local film making if they are to compete internationally.
Mr Mpundu said the film industry in Zambia has the potential to create jobs for the local people.
“The days of condemning Government for not creating jobs is a thing of the past because young people can now use their talent to create jobs. Government has done its part introducing a film policy that show just that Government is committed in ensuring that the film industry thrives,” he said.
And speaking earlier Multi Choice Zambia Corporate Affairs Manager Mwiika Malindima said DSTV wants to use the influence in the film industry to play a positive role in Africa there helping to grow Africa’s creative industries into vibrant economic power houses.
Mr Malindima said investing in local film initiatives like Sotambe, Multi Choice is building, strengthening and showcasing local creative sectors.
“Multi Choice is the biggest investor in local content in Zambia, and it has played a significant role in bringing the local television production industry to life in many countries across Africa,” he added.
Meanwhile Sotambe Film Institute Director Martina Mwanza revealed that this year’s Sotambe film festival has received over 70 submissions from local film makers in seven cities while international submissions include those from Canada, Norway and Lebanon among others.
She said that the institute also received submissions within Africa from Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.
Ms Mwanza added that the film Industry has a potential to create jobs and contribute greatly to the GDP of the nation.
“The film industry is a sleeping giant and as Sotambe DFAF together with our sponsors, partners and media support, we are here to contribute to its growth,” she said.