Great Things for Greater People
SM Team at ZIMFAIA - Zimbabwe Festival of African Inspired Animation
The Zimbabwe Festival of African Inspired Animation was held from the 30th to the 31st of July at Alliance Francais in Harare and some members of the SM Team managed to attend as well as made a few observations there with regards to the current projects that we have been working on...
"We got there late when the programme was almost over, apparently their programme wasn't as organised as they had published online. However, we watched some films and joined in in some of the discussions about the industry which was quite enlightening. The arts industry according to the guys is underfunded, most organisations are reluctnat to provide funding for these projects.
Most of the work done by animators in zimbabwe is done in other countries where companies appreciate art. There was a lot of good material by these Zimbabwean animators especially in shona as well but there is none of that content on the commercial market and it got us asking why.
It all came down to reluctance by organisations to fund projects and ZBC's terms at the moment come down to a stale mate because they want 20 000 payment to actually screen work when they should be paying royalties instead. These guys estimate the budget for a full length movie at about 250 000 in Zim though elsewhere it will be about 5 million dollars.I think given this insight we need to start looking for funding seriously, we wouldnt want to be in a situation where we cannot complete the project or market the product effectively."
Rutendo Samvura (Operations Manager)
"We went for the Saturday session of the festival. We met quite a number of the animators and had quite an interesting chat on the history and current status of the animation industry. It seems none has been concentrating on the making of movies due to the costs involved, the funding of the animation industry from the corporate world is slow. Most of them have been concentrating on advertising. We got a few names of production houses and the animators are very keen on doing a movie project. There are some very good animators this side that I didn't know existed.
It is an exciting and I think, to a large extent, unexplored industry. I'm sure we'll make a pot of money with this one :)"
Farai Maimbo (Finance Manager)