New film academy to promote film industry development in Zimbabwe

Global Academy, a recently formed visual arts media college in Zimbabwe is aiming to promote the development of the film industry which is still at its infancy.

According to Mr Cuthbert Kachale, Board Member of the academy, they aim to develop Zimbabwe’s under-developed film industry so that it can reach the levels of countries like Nigeria, just to mention a few. He made the remarks at the media unveiling of

“Dust and Fortunes,” a short film produced by the academy lecturers and students.

“We aim to emulate the Nigerian model of education for self-reliance, were our graduates who are not absorbed into formal employment can venture independently into film making and other genres to earn a living,” Kachale said.

He added that the academy is one of its kind in the southern African region which offers such distinct courses under one roof.

The courses being offered include animation,design for print,visual effects,design for web and technographics.  He said students from the academy can venture into such fields like film making,media and the advertising industry.

In Zimbabwe, it is reported that students wishing to venture into the film industry have been seeking greener opportunities in other countries like South Africa in the region and abroad.

The academy which is registered under the country’s Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education and the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE).

The academy is currently offering certificate courses and plans to advance to diploma and degree levels in collaboration with other regional and international institutions.

Kachale said that the academy is currently partnering with the local University of Zimbabwe (UZ) were university students are seconded to the academy.

“Our equipment is second to none in the country and such an institution has been lacking in the country,” he said.  The academy also intends to introduce e-learning courses in collaboration with institutions from as far as the USA.

“We also plan to collaborate with such organizations like UNESCO and the government in future to develop our programmes,” Kachale said.

In Zimbabwe, the local film industry is reported to have been suffering due to lack of resources including financial and migration of expert staff due to brain drain.

This has been as a result of the country’s decade long economic downturn.

Lecturers at Global Academy decided that instead of just letting their students to do various short films, it would be better to harness all available resources and do a full length production.

With inhouse experts,school equipment,”all that was needed was to capture the imagination of outside experts and sell them the idea.With a very small budget, but a lot of talented and willing hands, Dust and Fortunes was born.”

The first short film produced by the academy will be premiered in early July 2013 in Harare.

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