Founder and Director of Dikamawoko Arts Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera says the film industry in Malawi lacks the capacity to grow because it lacks a platform to showcase ideas.
Nkhonjera who recently attended the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) in Egypt where his movie B’ella was screened said the progress of the industry in Malawi is hindered by a lack of funds, limited support from government and lack of facilities.
He said his participation in the 4th edition of LAFF opened the doors for all possibilities as he had meetings with the festival directors towards future collaborations and participation of young promising Malawian filmmakers.
“It is my biggest desire that my participation in Luxor African Film Festival should open doors for more participation at this prestigious festival by Malawian filmmakers, both established and upcoming.
“It is only through international collaborations and exposure to the different forms of cinema that Malawian filmmakers can develop and emerge as voice to reckon with on the cinema scene in Africa and the world,” he said.
Since his return from the festival, Nkhonjera has communicated with the Film Association of Malawi (FAMA) to strategize on best practices to get Malawi’s most promising young filmmakers into the LAFF programs.
Recently, Dikamawoko Arts, as a film production organization hosted a documentary filmmaking workshop after which 10 students who produced three student films graduated.
“We will champion these students and these films and hope for positive responses from the Luxor African Film Festival. We will continue to host filmmaking workshops to keep on breeding young filmmakers that will help build the cinema industry in Malawi,” he said.
Nkhonjera added that he has a dream in the pipelines to inaugurate an international film festival in Malawi which will help introduce the country to the world as a location for shooting films with Malawi’s diverse landscapes and physical features.
B’ella was produced by boNGO Worldwide and Dikamawoko Arts. The film was produced as a project under their Youth and Adult Literacy Program with the intention of partnering with organizations for financial support to screen the film to as many secondary school students as possible in Malawi under the B’ella in Schools Project.