Budding film makers in Chipinge have given thumbs up to the Zimbabwe Film and Television School of Southern Africa (ZIFTESSA) training programs being conducted under the ZimDigital programme, saying they will help improve the country’s local content production.

As part of the thrust to promote film production in the country, ZIFTESSA in partnership with the ZimDigital is conducting training programmes designed to empower local content creators.

The budding film makers who were taught about script writing and editing, producing, directing, cinematology and editing confessed that they feel empowered and have been approaching film production from a wrong perspective.

ZIFTESSA Director, Dr Rino Zhuwarara said the training is having a positive impact on film making in the country, but was quick to highlight that there is need for a policy environment that support the growth of the film industry.

“We have been undertaking the third phase training sections for budding film makers since July. With more support, film making can be transformed into a viable industry and employ many people,” he said.

Dr Zhuwarara said private players should complement government efforts to promote the local film industry.

zimbabwe’s film industry currently employs very little people with the industry still far from the promised land as compared to Nigeria’s Nollywood that has created a lot of employment and generates about US$1.5 billion annually.