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The Project That Will Raise Next Gen Filmmakers

Welcome to Project Z.Africa!

BY Agnes Amondi

May 28, 2023, 10:48 AM

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On the last day of Pavillon Afriques, Project Z.Africa, an initiative by the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA) led by Zimbabwean novelist, playwright and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga launched.

Upcoming filmmakers across the continent face numerous challenges in establishing themselves, finding mentorship and upskilling.

As such, Project Z.Africa seeks to bridge this gap for Gen Z by providing meaningful networking and business opportunities globally to African women filmmakers, including digital networking and business opportunities

Five African filmmakers have had the opportunity to experience Project Z.Africa - Ruth Masiyambiri, Tatenda Jenami, Tendaiishe Chitima, Olivia Jemebere and Samantha Kureya.
Ruth Masiyambiri
Samantha Kureya
Tendaiishe Chitima
Tatenda Jenami
Olivia Jembere
All of them spoke highly of the program as it enabled them to learn different dynamics of their trade. The program attracted 
international film stars like Leslie Fray, Mariscela Mendez, Osei Essed, Jayme Lawson and Ekwa Msangi, who shared their knowledge with the mentees.
Ekwa Msangi
Osei Essed
Mariscela Mendez
Speaking during the launch of the program, Tsitsi looked back on her story as a budding filmmaker, narrating her challenges of making films in her country Zimbabwe. 

She used that to exemplify the hardships and difficulties still faced today, so she has created initiatives to support filmmakers. One is the International Images Film Festival for Women which has been operational since 2003. 

As part of Project Z.Africa, Tsitsi will work on two films; Dear Nnenna, a film that has been in development and is expected to go into production next year. 

Q-ing is the second film, which will tell the struggle of Zimbabwean citizens to get fuel. It will be a musical film and is currently in its early stage of production.

Project Z.Africa is projected to be the biggest platform for raising the next generation of African filmmakers. Watch this space.