Magazine article Screen International

Ahmed's Fineline Gets Funding for Development Slate in South Africa

Magazine article Screen International

Ahmed's Fineline Gets Funding for Development Slate in South Africa

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Durban-based director/producer Junaid Ahmed plans to use state funding to developing new creative talents from black-filmmakers in South Africa.

Ahmed's Fineline Productions received slate funding this year from the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), R6m for three years. The company will spend R1m per year for developing four features and R1m each year to produce one film from that development slate. The selection of projects will happen at the end of March.

Ahmed said: "I believe it is essential that young aspirant filmmakers are given every opportunity to develop their craft so that South African cinema is further enriched by these new visions and new voices."

Acting CEO of the Durban Film Office Toni Monty said. "It will be exciting to observe how Junaid Ahmed will use his experience and expertise to enrich the lives of young emerging film-makers and in doing so, give back to his community through such an initiative. …

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