Martizburg Film Festival 2018

The ninth annual Maritzburg Film and Arts Festival, hosted by PACSA is a platform for activists and community members to reflect on social justice issues, sharing information, skills and food. The Festival was held at the University of KwaZulu Natal’s Pietermaritzburg Campus, under the theme “Freedom in our Lifetime”. Here participants explored their lived imagination of what it means for South Africa to have freedom so that we can all really live in dignity. It was a platform for reflection, networking and celebration of our differences in the context of our joint humanity.

The planning for this year’s Festival, which was held from 19-21 September 2018, commenced in March 2018. For the first time since its inception, PACSA brought on board local social justice organizations, businesses and media partners to form a planning committee, and the first planning meeting took place on 6 March 2018,.  The planning meeting was held earlier than usual to ensure buy-in from all the partners.

This year’s partners were; Gay and Lesbian Network (GLN); Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA); University of KwaZulu-Natal (The Alan Paton Archives Centre); Groundwork; Speak Through Art (a Youth organization); KwaZulu-Natal Language Institute (KZNLI); The Witness (Media Partner);

The festival still stands as a platform where activists and communities can present their various art forms. The festival partners would use the festival in the same manner and spirit.   UKZN (Alan Paton Center)
provides the venue and in particular a young target audience, with social justice being the common goal. Planning and costs also took into account: security, marque, parking, ablutions, transport, help desk and the need for a mobile refrigerator. This year, PACSA was advised that we needed to ensure that the festival is registered and certified and correctly classified with the Film & Publications Board.