Namibian film industry on the rise

14 Jul 2015 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUL (NAMPA) – First-time movie producer Oshoveli Shipoh says he makes films to contribute his creativity to the local film industry.
Shipoh, who is also a director and actor, showcased his first two short films at the Namibian Short Films screening event in the capital last week.
The two movies titled ‘Looking for Nelao’ and ‘Where there’s smoke’ were shot in a visual novel style - visuals with no dialogue but accompanied by a soundtrack in the background and subtitles for viewers to understand the story line.
“I like reading novels and I like telling stories in the form of a novel; that is why I use the visual novel style in doing my films, because I want audiences to be able to get the story line for themselves,” Shipoh told Nampa after the screening.
“By using the visual novel style of films, I just want to contribute my creativity to the film industry in a different way,” he said.
The movies were shot on a low budget.
Shipoh said because of insufficient funds he had to direct, produce and act in his own films, and this made the production quite challenging, but he liked the outcome at the end of the day.
“This was one of the most exciting programmes for me to work on for months,” he noted.
‘Where there’s smoke’ was his first dramatic thriller film produced and shot over two-and-a-half weeks last November.
The 11-minute short film features Shipoh as an ex-gunman sent to rescue a hostage from a dangerous criminal, but unknown to him he is followed by a mysterious man. The film has a small twist at the end of how the rescue attempt is executed.
‘Looking for Nelao’ is a 13-minute romantic drama produced within two months.
It stars Llewellyn Muenjo and Kaycie Nuwuses, both first-time actors. The film tells the story of a young man who has just recovered from a coma and is determined to find the love of his life once more. It portrays the trouble and pain the two ‘lovebirds’ endure while apart; but in the end love always finds a way.
Apart from being a film producer, Shipoh is the associate creative director at local advertising agency, Advantage Y&R.
“I produced those films for the people and am happy that I got great tributes from the audience tonight,” he concluded.
The screening session also featured films ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’, which won the Best Short film Afrinolly award in 2014, as well as the 2014 Best Director and Editor at the Namibia Film and Theatre Award; and ‘Tjitji’ which won the Best Narrative Film and Best Cinematography for 2014 at the Namibia Film and Theatre Awards.
Afrinolly is a mobile application that enables African entertainment enthusiasts to watch African movies, movie trailers, short films and music videos that have been made public by content owners or their legal representative most especially from the Nollywood (Nigerian) film industry.