By Durban Film Mart
Published December 20, 2012
Noxy Mavundla, the new Film Office Manager, is expected to promote and market the Northern KwaZulu-Natal districts as prime locations for stills and film photography to local and international companies and thereby offering the necessary support.
Strategic objectives of the film office are to promote and market the Zulu Coast region, create an enabling environment for the creative industry to do business in the region, capitalise on provincial, national and international film support opportunities, contribute and facilitate film industry skills development training initiatives, improve local infrastructure and boost the economy of the region.
The Zulu Coast offers a one-stop prime environment for filmmaking and offers an attractive and well packaged deal of health care, transportation, accommodation, airport, harbour, wildlife/conservation and culture/heritage. Along with the aforementioned available resources, the office endeavours to create a film friendly environment in the entire region.
Together with the support of the National Film and Video Foundation, Department of Trade and Industry and various other funding bodies, the office plans for the next two years 2013 – 2014 to run many programmes, workshops and training initiatives that will aim at empowering and offering assistance to emerging filmmakers and to people who are interested in knowing and learning more about the industry.
Mavundla comes armed with a BA degree in Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance from AFDA, South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance. Over the past decade, she has worked in the industry as production co-ordinator, manager, line-producer, and producer and has had her own production company called Bancamile Productions.
Mavundla also has a production budgeting and scheduling certificate from Monash University, attended the National Film and Video Foundation Sediba’s finance course for producers, won two awards at the Durban FilmMart in 2011 as 1 of 3 best emerging producers in Africa and the ‘Best Pitch’ award for a feature film called “This Boy,” for which she was the executive producer and was invited by the Durban International Film Festival in 2012 to be part of a panel discussing international training initiatives for filmmakers.
She has been a KZN regional finalist for SAB KickStarter in 2010, which is an annual competition for entrepreneurs, nominated as a participant in 2010 for the Old Mutual Legends programme for entrepreneurs run annually by Fetola and has been a candidate at Raizcorp, a prosperator programme for entrepreneurs in Richards Bay.
Mavundla, a qualified producer and an experienced businesswoman, is the best candidate for this challenging position. She has travelled overseas attending training initiatives such as the Rotterdam Lab for producers courtesy of the Durban FilmMart. In a nutshell Noxy Mavundla is no stranger to the film industry and we welcome her and wish her well in her new post.