TRACE and Gauteng Film Commission celebrate local women filmmakers.


As part of a Women’s Month campaign launched in August 2017, TRACE Southern Africa and the Gauteng   Film   Commission   have   joined   forces   to   celebrate   women in film.

Four young women from Gauteng have successfully created short-form stories focusing on urban African music, art, food and lifestyle. These stories have been centered on TRACE Southern Africa’s first   eventing   property   called   #TRACERoots.

The filmmakers – Abigail Zikhali, Nadine Kutu, Nontobeko Gumede, Nthabiseng Mosieane and Yoza Mnyanda – were chosen for their ability to tell compelling stories in short form and delivering these against a tight deadline, as is generally expected of creatives in the fast-paced urban entertainment landscape.

“We wanted this campaign to be both a reflection of what happens in our dynamic industry as well as a development opportunity for the women, who will continue to be given professional direction by some of the best creative minds our continent has to offer,” says TRACE Southern Africa’s Senior Vice-President,   Leo   Manne.

The partnership with the Gauteng Film Commission follows a successful campaign run by TRACE in June in commemoration of Youth Month which saw young filmmakers documenting the stories of heroes in their communities and having these stories told on TRACE’s television and digital platforms.

Says Gauteng Film Commission’s Desmond Mthembu: “We believe TRACE is a platform that speaks to the kind of filmmaker we would like to unearth and develop. The women we have identified through this campaign reflect the richness of this country’s history, present and future and we are excited to see how this drive will continue to unfold.”

Following a public vote on the stories they have told to date, one lucky woman creative will be selected. She will be given free reign to tell an authentic 20-minute urban youth documentary , which will flight on TRACE’s broadcast and digital platforms.

Stay tuned to TRACE Urban on DStv channel 325 and TRACE Africa on DStv channel 326 as well as TRACE’s social media platforms to see the beautiful pieces the women have created thus far: TRACE Southern Africa on Facebook , @TRACE_Inter and @TRACEAfrica_ on Twitter and @tracesouthafrica   and   @traceafrica_   on   Instagram.

#TRACERoots will be held at Joziburg Lane in central Johannebsurg and will have over 30 acts with Kwesta and Sjava as the headliners. The supporting lineup ranges from developing artists and A-listers to alternative artists and those in the forefront of shaping popular culture such as Gemini Major, DJ Sliqe, Sho Madjozi, Frank Casino, J Molley, I See A Different You and Gqom connoisseur, DJ Sandiso among many others.

Doors open at 14:00 and the celebration of urban African music will continue until midnight with over 30 live acts and Djs bringing the stage to life. Tickets are on sale at R200 and available at Webtickets.

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