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HBF Award for Zimbabwean filmmaker and producer


At the Durban International Film Festival, IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund awarded Rumbi Katedza and Jackie Cahi for their Durban FilmMart project Live from Zimbabwe. Also three producers have been invited to participate in the Rotterdam Lab of CineMart 2013.

Live from Zimbabwe takes place in a remote Zimbabwean village in the mountain region where the government refuses to bring development. When the chief's son acquires a radio transmitter and sets up a pirate radio station, revolutionary will takes over the people who demand change. Director Rumbi Katedza studied English at McGill University, Montreal and Film at Goldsmiths, University of London as a Chevening scholar. Her credits include Playing Warriors (photo above) and Asylum, which screened in Rotterdam in 2010. Live from Zimbabwe is produced by Jackie Cahi, a Zimbabwe based producer whose credits include Tsitsi Dangarembga's Kare Kare Zvako, Blue Sky and, also, Playing Warriors.

Jury comment
With the award granted by IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund, Katedza and Cahi win a prize of €5000 as a contribution towards the development of the project. The jury was 'pleasantly surprised when meeting with this producer/director duo, who brought us an actual event that unites a whole village in their longing for emancipation and justice. We hope that this award will enable the team to come even closer to their subject.' The jury existed of our very own Janneke Langelaan (Hubert Bals Fund coordinator), Alan Fountain (president of EAVE) and Joslyn Barnes (producer Louverture Films in New York). A special mention went to the Nigerian project In Silence & In Tears by director Didi Cheeka and producer Ikechukwau Omenaihe. Part of the jury comment: 'In recognition of their artistic vision and in support of their pursuit of high quality independent cinema in Nigeria.'

The Rotterdam Lab
The winner of the HBF Award and the producer of In Silence & In Tears, along with one other African producer, have been invited by IFFR programmer Bianca Taal to take part in the producers workshop of the Rotterdam Lab, which will take place at CineMart during the next International Film Festival Rotterdam, from January 23 until February 3 2013. The producers are: Jackie Cahi from Zimbabwe (Live from Zimbabwe), Ikechukwau Omenaihe from Nigeria (In Silence & In Tears) and David Horler from South Africa (Flatland by Jenna Cato Bass).