Namibia: 'The White Line' Wins Aefa

21 November 2019

'The White Line' - a story of hope borne from forbidden love - has made Namibia proud by winning best feature film at the seventh African Emerging Film-Makers Awards (AEFA).

The awards ceremony was held on 16 November at the Greyville Race Course in Durban, South Africa. AEFA is a growing platform that encourages good quality productions such as the Namibian film, which was also nominated for best sound and best cinematography.

Co-producer Micheal Pulse said the team is pleased with the film's success. "It really means a lot that Namibian films are being recognised. This shows that our film industry is growing and that the work we are putting out can compete with the rest of Africa. It also shows how hard the cast and crew worked."

Pulse advised more Namibian film-makers to make use of such platforms. "There was a call-out for applications. Platforms like this are few in Africa and every film-maker should take advantage of such opportunities. It is where we can grow our industry and create collaborations with other film-makers across Africa."

He has noticed that Namibian film-makers don't seem to grab these opportunities, perhaps because they do not hear about them in time.

"'The White Line' has a strategy to get the film into as many festivals and award shows as possible. We want to create awareness about the film and have been fortunate that the story is what festivals are looking for."

Pulse said working on the film has taught the team a lot, and, with these new skills, they hope to make many more films.

- @rineldamouton on social media

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