Local film industry needs more exposure: Haikali

07 Feb 2018 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia’s film industry needs massive exposure to the global market so it can help stimulate the local economy, the Namibia Film Commission (NFC)'s new board chairperson, Joel Haikali has said.
Haikali was speaking at the unveiling of the NFC 2018 industry development plan here on Wednesday.
“With global exposure, the film industry will eventually become self-driven, thereby promoting foreign direct investment as NFC is challenged by a lack of funds,” he said.
He further said that there is a need to study the economic impact of the film industry in Namibia so as to identify industry successes and challenges.
“According to information available to NFC as of April last year, the commission has issued 111 film permits to foreign film productions with an estimated local spend of N.dollars 55 114 268,” Haikali added.
Employment was also created for 537 Namibians.
Haikali said the NFC is busy working on a report on the overall contribution of the film industry to Namibia’s economy.
Meanwhile, NFC board member Marinda Stein said the new board is optimistic and ready to be successful.
“I hope we will all work together with pride and the will to achieve good results so as to promote and develop our local film industry,” she said.
The new board, which was appointed on 01 November 2017, consists of Haikali; Nelao Haukongo (deputy vice-chairperson); Stein; Ziegie Willemse and Uatirohange Tjiuoro.