22 entertainment Friday, July 21, 2017 | NEW ERA FILM Durban FilmMart awards end on a high note Durban – The Durban FilmMart (DFM)) ended on a high note with an awards ceremony at the Tsogo Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa, on Monday. FilmMart is an industry development programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office and Durban International Film Festival (Centre for Creative Arts, UKZN. “The DFM is one of the most important film finance platforms and industry events on the African continent, and this year’s eighth edition has certainly been our biggest,” head of the Durban Film Office Toni Monty said. “We hosted over 600 delegates with over 30 countries participating in this year’s market; 17 of which were from Africa. We are thrilled that we have had a record number of 70 projects presenting at this year’s finance forum.” Central to the Durban FilmMart have been the networking sessions and meetings held over four days between delegates comprising filmmakers, producers, distributors, agents, broadcasters and film funders and government agencies. “Our annual programme would not be possible without our partners and sponsors, and we extend thanks and appreciation to the partner markets, funding bodies and development organisations that have continued to work with us in bringing African cinema to the world, and enabling us to expand the number of projects participating in the forums.” This year 22 official DFM film projects in development were presented at the Finance Forum through the partnership with Cinemart and IDFA, Netherlands. Durban Talents was able to host 30 young filmmakers through the support by Berlinale Talents, the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy. Four scriptwriters’ projects were hosted at the DFM in the Realness Script Writing Residency, while Produire au Sud, France, supported the Jumpstart Project, a mentorship programme to introduce six emerging filmmakers to the art of the pitch. Two documentary projects were supported by Hot Docs Canada, and six CineFam projects were rigorously mentored by Caribbean Tales, Canada. “The Durban FilmMart was made possible by our principal funder, the eThekwini Municipality, and we are privileged to have the ongoing support of a City government that recognises, supports and promotes the value of our industry. “eThekwini understands the importance of providing a platform for African filmmakers to connect with the world, and, importantly, to connect with African filmmakers throughout the continent.” “Together with partners, NFVF, KZN Film Commission, and Department of Trade and Industry, we hosted three co-production delegations this year from Canada, Germany and Kenya, and special thanks go to the Canadian High Commission, the German Embassy and Kenya Film Commission for supporting these programmes.” “This year we were able to host a vigorous Women Led Film Focus together with the DIFF, through the support of M-Net and NFVF, as well as support from the Industrial Development Corporation for an insightful “Film Finance: State of the Industry,” Monty added. The 38th Durban International Film Festival kicked off last Thursday, with a big line-up reflecting its location and status as South Africa’s longest-running film fest. Of the 225 features, short films and docs screened from July 13 to 23, more than half came from Africa, underscoring the festival’s vital role as a platform for the local industry. Seventy-four were South African productions, and another 40 come from elsewhere on the continent. The newly appointed manager of the seaside fest, Chipo Zhou, said the programme speaks to the “riveting and diverse content” coming out of South Africa today. “The range of content shows the assortment of originality that is currently within the industry,” she said, calling it “an indication that the South African industry is on the right track.” The festival opened with the world premiere of “Serpent” (pictured), a psychological thriller and feature debut from South African writer-director Amanda Evans. The closing-night film was also a world premiere: “Asinamali!” the big-screen adaptation of playwright Mbongeni Ngema’s iconic anti-apartheid musical, directed by Ngema. Local director John Trengrove’s moving LGBT drama “The Wound,” which opened the Berlinale’s Panorama section in February, had its highly anticipated South African premiere competing in Durban. Among other highlights is a special focus on women in the film industry, who “have always contributed to the industry in significant ways and are only now starting to get the recognition they so richly deserve,” Zhou said. Standouts include “Liyana,” an animated documentary inspired by orphaned children in Swaziland, directed by Amanda and Aaron Kopp with Thandie Newton as executive producer. Other highlights included the Toronto-premiered romance “Below Her Mouth” by Canadian writer-director April Mullen’s – shot by an entirely female crew – and “Strike a Rock,” a documentary about two women fighting for justice in the wake of South Africa’s 2012 Marikana mining massacre. “The idea is to have a space where women feel their work will get the showcase it deserves,” Zhou said; “a platform where their issues are discussed…and solutions formulated to help the process of integration within the industry.” When we celebrate the work of women in Durban, she added, “the whole world listens.” Country spotlights at the festival will focus on the film industries of Kenya, Russia, Germany, and Canada, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of its co-production treaty with South Africa. The Wavescape Surf Film Festival, a popular Durban sidebar, will also return for its 12th edition, featuring 19 films from 10 countries about adventures in the deep blue sea. Durban will also play host to a wide-ranging industry programme that highlights the festival’s ongoing support for filmmaking initiatives from across Africa. The eighth annual Durban FilmMart will feature 22 projects whose creators have been selected to meet with a range of international financiers, co-producers, and distributors. The four-day programme concludes July 17 with prizes for the best works-in-progress awarded by festival partners that include the Sundance Institute, the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group, and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Also, Talents Durban, in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, will celebrate its 10th edition by bringing together 30 filmmakers from 19 African countries for a series of workshops, master classes, and networking opportunities with industry professionals. –Bizcommunity.com/africa.com Photo: Courtesy of Videovision (Left) DFM award winners with awards partners (Right) The Durban Film Festival lined up African Works. MUSIC Namib Music Festival a first for Namibia Staff Reporter Windhoek – A big music festival like none the capital has ever seen before is slated for October 28, when the entire Namibia is expected to converge at the Hage Geingob rugby stadium in Olympia. Artists such as Steve Hofmeyr, Leah, Theuns Jordaan, Andriëtte Norman, Die Broers, Half Jack, Miss H, George Longane and John Rock Prophet will perform at the festival. “The Namib Music Festival is the first of its kind and 100% authentically Namibian, founded by the people for the people. It will be a day of celebrations, like only Namibians can celebrate,” organiser of the festival Charl Celliers says. He adds that Namibians are bubbling with excitement about the festival, because it is something they desired for so long. “The festival is specially tailored to suit festival goers’ tastes and requirements,” Celliers says. Besides local and top South African artists, festival-goers can also look forward to lovely food stalls, which will prepare local dishes and they can relax at the beer tent near the main stage with friends and family. The music festival is especially focused on incorporating a variety of genres, which will include local and South African artists. Festival-goers will have the chance to enjoy world-class music, acoustic sounds and other entertainment. “It will be a brief but powerful music festival, with performances from early morning until late evening,” Celliers says. Tickets are already available and those buy their tickets early will receive 20% discount with EarlyBird tickets. Music fans can book tickets at www.webtickets.com.na and/ or pay for them at any Pick n Pay supermarket. Those who need more information or the latest information about the festival can follow the organisers on Facebook (https://www. facebook.com/Namib-Music- Festival-265250637285033/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/namibmusicfest) and Instagram (https://www. instagram.com/namibmusicfestival/). The music group Die Broers, consisting of Cobus, Nic and Christo, as they feature on the cover of their album, ‘Diep in My Hart’. The group forms part of a music jamboree that organisers have described as one of a kind, and something Namibia has never seen before.
Friday, July 21, 2017 | NEW ERA entertainment 23 29 The other lifestyle LITRATURE Make-up for Beginners The purpose of make-up is to enhance the natural beauty of your face by minimising your flaws and accentuating your best features. If you are not familiar with all the technicalities involved in cosmetic application, here is a guideline to help you understand the basic elements of make-up. Foundation is the initial makeup product that you put on your face, and it’s the base layer on which you apply the rest of your cosmetics. A good foundation is one that matches your skin tone, covers up blemishes and is suitable for your particular skin texture. There are many types of foundations, they usually come in either liquid or cream formulas; the former is good for dry skin and the latter for oily skin. Most cosmetic stores set aside various foundations in each shade available for their customers to test free of charge. Eyeliners/Lip-liners look like pencils, but they are versatile because you can apply them on your eyes and lips. Use black or dark brown eyeliner to lightly fill in your eyebrows to make them appear fuller by drawing small gentle strokes in between your brow hair. Another use for eyeliners is to underline your lower or upper eyelids, this helps to emphasise the shape of your eyes and make them look bigger. For your lips, always buy lip-liner in the same shade as your lipstick. Draw a thin line around your lips before applying your lipstick to prevent the lipstick from running outside your lips. Mascara gives your eyelashes that “wow factor” by making them appear longer and thicker. Black is the standard colour when it comes to mascara, you can select lengthening or thickening mascara depending on how you want your eyelashes to look. When it comes to application, start by holding your mascara wand near the roots of your eyelashes and coat them using upward, zigzag motions until you reach the tips of your eyelashes. For your tiny bottom lashes, gently coat them with soft downward strokes. Blush is optional for daily make-up application, and it usually comes in various shades of pink. Applying an unflattering blush colour will destroy your entire make-up look, so it’s best to consult a make-up artist about the most suitable pigments for your skin tone. Use a make-up brush to dust on the blush, and then smile to make your cheekbones pop and apply a small amount from the centre of your cheeks towards your ears. If you are not yet confident with your make-up skills, it’s better to leave it out the blush or reserve it for occasional events. Lipstick in bold colours such as red, pink, purple and black are trending in the make-up and fashion industry. It’s fun to follow trends, but if you are more conservative, rather stick with nude colours that are a similar shade to your lips. After applying your lipstick, remove any excess pigment from your inner lips with a tissue to avoid the lipstick from coating your teeth. Pack your lipstick in your handbag just in case you need a touch-up. Beauty Ndapanda is a lifestyle blogger/writer. Her articles include wellness and beauty tips to help readers look and feel their best, while her topics on introspection examine thoughts and emotional processes you need to navigate through life’s ups and downs. www. beautyndapanda.com Sibanda writer postpones visit Staff Reporter Windhoek – Zimbabwean author C.M. Elliot has postponed her visit to Namibia to promote ‘Sibanda and the Black Sparrohawk’ – the third book in the Sibanda series of novels. The first novel, ‘Sibanda and the Rainbird’ is about African medicine and the murderous trade in body parts. The second, ‘Sibanda and the Death’s Head Moth’, covers the brutal and unscrupulous world of rhino and elephant poaching. The author has scheduled the visit to Windhoek to introduce ‘Sibanda and the Black Sparrohawk’ to Namibia readers for Saturday 19 August to Sunday 20 August 2017, and not Wednesday and Thursday this week as earlier reported. When a skinned body is discovered on the side of a railway line deep in the Matabeleland bush, Detective Inspector Jabulani Sibanda, along with his sidekick, Sergeant Ncube and the troublesome Land Rover, Miss Daisy, are back on the trail of a murderer. As more girls go missing and more bones are discovered, Sibanda realises they are dealing with the signature work of a vicious serial killer who chooses the railways as his killing field. Suspects abound, and the trio pursues the leads relentlessly, but the warped psychopath is elusive. Has Sibanda met his match? To complicate matters, his unrequited love interest Berry Barton, is back on his radar, Gubu police station politics are as partisan as ever and Sgt Ncube, in an attempt to equal the brilliance of his boss has discovered the wonders of the Oxford English Dictionary, with hilarious results. With winter tightening its grip, and drought and hardship threatening the population, Sibanda uses a risky strategy to trap his nemesis. Can he pull it off? The adventures come thick, fast and furious, punctuated by Sibanda’s explosive sarcasm and Ncube’s explosive gut, as we are once again plunged into the wildlife world the detective revels in and the sergeant fears so desperately, but Miss Daisy barely tolerates,. C.M. Elliott was born in England; emigrated to Australia and completed an honours degree in French Studies at the University of Western Australia. She moved to Zimbabwe and pioneered a tourism business, based in and around Hwange National Park, living in an assortment of tents, tree houses and bush dwellings. The venture involved dodging a hodgepodge of charging elephants, rhino, buffalo and a rather angry spitting cobra, before she moved to Bulawayo to take up writing. NSK Industry Loop Dear Dancers! Dancing is part and parcel of the Namibian way of life. Who does not dance? Everyone dances! Rhythm or no rhythm, the fact is when a tune you like comes on, you break into some movement of some sort. First things first dancers…can ya’ll stop mixing songs? You’re not a disk jockey. You’re a dancer. Dance! Leave the mixing to a disk jockey. I swear I despise these kwaito groups in high school and in the community where in four minutes…they seem to have danced to about a 100 songs! All mixed up!! That’s not dancing dammit! It’s torture! Why would you want to torture your audience? Just when we think you’re onto something good…a stupid sound effect comes on and boom onto the next song. My goodness it’s so damn annoying! Whenever I scold these kwaito boys I always get the response that the crowd will become bored if they just dance to one song. Pure manure! If you are a true dancer, the magic that goes into your movement for those three to four minutes will keep your audience pegged to you. It’s called art omes. For those who complain that the crowd will become bored, there are only two things involved: Its either your choreographer is nonsense or you are not a dancer! Period! Making the crowd scream does not mean anything. Your crush, your side-chick, and your girlfriend are all in the crowd and naturally they will scream at everything you do! Your set must be so mesmerising that your audience stops whatever they are busy with to completely focus on you. I must be so inclined, and into what you do that when you dance, whatever message you are conveying with your moves, I must be able to get it! But if you’re going to bloody mix a hundred songs in a four minute slot…how on earth am I going to get what you’re trying to tell me via the art of movement? If you are in a professional dancing group right now and that mixing thing is your “thing”, I challenge your team to do a full song. Get a freaking great song, choreograph and finish it in those three to four minutes. No weird sound effects; just dancing. That is art. Remember, you are telling a story. So make sure that your movement from the beginning to the end like a book your audience is reading. With the mixing it’s as though while enjoying a good book, your baby mama calls you for diapers, zalie sends you to go pick up auntie Surukus and your landlord calls you for rent. It’s annoying as hell! Through this exercise you will see who the real dancers in your group are, which will present you with a fantastic opportunity to weed (verb) out all that dead wood. Until the next loop, we say “GMTM”! Song of the week: Tjikurame: Muatje Wa Hongaze Flop of the week: Maestro’s verse on Mwali was simply poor NSK is a professional MC. For bookings, email firstname.lastname@example.org and @naobebsekind (twitter)