Realness Institute names academy cohort
African filmmaking organisation the Realness Institute, in partnership with the Locarno Film Festival, has selected nine African women to participate in the second edition of the Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy.
Abulele Njisane, Lerato Bokako, Taryn Joffe, Anga Mqingwana , Khanyisile Zond, Nozipho Swelindawo, Victoria Ogar, Lucinda Van de Rheede and Seggen Mikael will all take part in the academy, which takes place from September 3 to 10.
The participants will have the opportunity to engage in networking meetings with international professionals, masterclasses, workshops and panel discussions. They will also curate a shot film programme that will be screened at the event.
In a joint statement, Markus Duffner, head of Locarno Pro, and Marion Klotz, Industry Academy project manager, said: “We’re thrilled to see the Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy getting ready for its first on-site edition during FAME Week. The Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy will continue to boost young and emerging professionals into the local and international film industry network.”
The Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy is also in collaboration with FAME Week Africa and the StoryBoard Collective. It is dedicated to developing young film professionals working in sales, traditional and online distribution, theatrical exhibition, and programming for festivals, film clubs and archives.