FIFTEEN films will be screened during this year’s edition of the annual Lesotho Film Festival (LFF) from Thursday this week till Saturday.
The locally-produced films will be shown at different locations with the awards ceremony slated for the last day of the festival.
On Thursday, the screening will be at Limkokwing University and Alliance Française.
In addition to the two venues, Friday’s screening will also be done at the American Corner (State Library) while on Saturday the films will be shown at the Kingsway Cinema and the Victoria Hotel, where the crowning ceremony will also be held at 4pm.
The LFF was launched in 2011 by the non-profit Sesotho Media and Development organisation with the aim of giving Basotho youth a platform to showcase their film-making skills.
It has grown beyond the local market, attracting filmmakers from across Africa.
Last year the festival showcased eight local films and 10 international films over four days while the 2014 edition showcased 25 local films and 24 from other African countries.
However, this year’s instalment is only open to the local filmmakers to celebrate local talent as the country marks its golden jubilee of independence.
Entries started streaming in from 11 April to 2 September for the festival that is open to all genres including the narrative, documentary, short, animation and experimental.
“We had a total of 23 entries this year but we had to cut out those that did not meet the criteria,” said the LFF coordinator Senate Pitso, adding, “The films were selected on the basis of picture quality, sound quality and clear storyline.”
“The awards will be in the four categories of Best Student Film, Best Feature Film, Best Documentary and Best Short Film,” she said.
The films to be shown are Basotho Boy, Restoration of Peace, Lenaka la Balimo, Silent Knock, Celebration of Basotho Heritage, Nyolla Kausu, Lost Cause, Chobeliso, Ho Llela Borena, Basotho Independence, Memoirs of a Prisoner, Litaba Li Mahlong, African Derby, Laisuotuo and Demain.
The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion led by Sesotho Media and Development facilitators.
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