Both Tapiwa Chipfupa from Zimbabwe and Ahmed Jlassi from Tunisia were looking forward to exchanging ideas, networking and learning in the company of a diverse group of filmmakers, they have already met interesting people. “I don’t believe that you ever stop learning”, says Tapiwa, who believes that one can’t grow in isolation. Despite finding Talent Campus Durban an amazing experience, Ahmed had expected more one-to-one meetings. Both are being inspired by and learning about the challenges of filmmakers in other African countries.
Making a film is a teamwork exercise. That’s why Talent Campus Durban participants come from different fields of the cinema industry.
Ideas are what producer and researcher Antoinette Engel from Cape Town brings to Talent Campus Durban. Antoinette, who considers production and research to be the basis for every industry, appreciates the opportunity to meet industry professionals for feedback and advice. According to her, “it is amazing how easy it is to connect with people and share experiences at DIFF”. As Antoinette says: “To make a film, you have to understand the context you come from and want to work in!” It is clear that the Talent Campus Durban is offering this understanding to the participants who seem to find the experience very fulfilling.
Narjes Torchani (Tunisia) is one of the four Talent Press Durban participants. 21.07.2013
Photos credits: Zethu Mashika and Cait Pansegrouw.