webster shamu 08-08-11.jpgThe Zimbabwe Film Industry has handed over to government a Draft Film Policy Proposal a document which is expected to transform the face of the country’s film industry.

The Draft Film Policy was handed over to Media, Information and Publicity Minister Cde Webster Shamu at the 2012 Film Indaba Zimbabwe Film and Television School of Southern Africa in Harare.

The draft which was crafted by the Zimbabwe Film Industry Committee aims to cater for the interests of producers, directors, film editors, actors, script writers among others.

Minister Shamu described the Draft Film Policy Proposal as a vital tool that will promote professionalism and make it easy for members to collectively lobby for assistance on issues affecting the industry.

“This draft policy proposal will be critical as government works towards a national film policy, we would like to see the film sector gradually graduating from being neglected sector into being a vibrant and globally renowned industry.

“With time Zimbabwe should also develop and establish a film tradition of its own which is neither a Hollywood, Bollywood, nor a Nollywood tradition,’’ said Cde Shamu.

The 2012 Film Indaba was attended by such personalities as Big Brother Africa finalist Munyaradzi Chidzonga, Tsitsi Dangarembwa and Dr Thompson Tsodzo among others.

Despite the local industry having a great potential, funding challenges have hit the sector with experts attributing it to lack of a comprehensive policy.