Mthethwa hails 'My Octopus Teacher' Oscar win as victory for local filmmakers

Mthethwa hails 'My Octopus Teacher' Oscar win as victory for local filmmakers

South African filmmakers have been given a lifeline after the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) partnered with Netflix to fund six locally produced films.

Nathi Mthethwa
Image courtesy: GCIS

The collaboration will create new opportunities for emerging filmmakers in the local film industry after many productions suffered a massive blow due to Covid-19 and the national lockdown.

The fund will help alleviate the pressure filmmakers face to raise funding and will assist in the alleviation of low job creation currently faced by the sector.

Applications opened earlier this month and will close May 7.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says it's a big day for the local film industry.

On Sunday ‘My Octopus Teacher’ won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

"This is an important milestone as it will encourage further investments, skills transfer & collaboration in South Africa's film industry," Mthethwa tweeted on Monday.

Earlier this year, the Netflix original documentary also walked away with an award at the British Academy Film Awards in London.

'My Octopus Teacher' is a 2020 Netflix original documentary film directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, which documents a year spent by filmmaker Craig Foster forging a relationship with a wild common octopus in a South African kelp forest.

The film shows Foster's growing intimate relationship with the octopus as he follows her around for nearly a year.


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