The Sunday News
Bruce Ndlovu, Sunday Life Reporter
THIS year’s European Film Festival will play host to a film masterclass, with experienced hands Joe Njagu and Trevor Ncube taking filmmakers through their paces.
The masterclass sessions will be facilitated by AK Simba, a Ugandan props master based in Belgium, in collaboration with Njagu and Ncube.
Run under the theme, Understanding Your Frame, the masterclass will take place from 2 to 6 November.
This year’s edition of the EU Film Festival will run virtually from October 30 to November 30 due to Covid-19 concerns. The masterclasses will target filmmakers in Harare and Bulawayo.
“The masterclass titled Understanding Your Frame is a week-long programme aimed at showcasing the importance of the art department, especially props and sets in film production.
“These sessions will be facilitated by AK Simba, a Ugandan props master based in Belgium; in collaboration with Zimbabwean filmmakers Joe Njagu and Trevor Ncube.
“The masterclass sessions will be hosted from the 2nd to the 6th of November 2020 in Bulawayo and Harare, respectively, with a maximum of 12 participants in each class,” organisers of the festival, Paperbag Africa said in a statement.
Like all events that are a part of this year’s festival, the masterclass only be open for online participants.
“The class is open to all filmmakers, with minimum experience in film required.
“Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, this year’s edition will be hosted online via Zoom/Skype. The location for attendance will be communicated by the European Film Festival Zimbabwe ground coordinator. And with respect to the World Health Organisation Standard Operating Procedure, space will be limited,” Paperbag Africa.
The masterclass will be open to candidates that are interested in enhancing their knowledge of the trade.
“The main goal for this class is to inspire filmmakers who are keen on sharpening their craft. Understanding the frame is a very unique concept of storytelling using symbolism. The class will help you understand in-depth how the art department, especially props, have a great influence on how we Africans tell our stories.”