Its been a very busy few months of development and pre-production with The Boda Boda Thieves project and we have been very fortunate to receive support from the African and International film community, film enthusiasts and media on this project.
This February we were very fortunate to have won the VFF Highlight Pitch Award at the Berlinale Talent Project Market (Part of the Berlinale Co-production Market at the Berlin International Film Festival) which came with a cash prize of €10,000. We also received a special mention by the Arte during their presentation of the International Relations Arte Prize. We feel very humbled and encouraged by this.
We would especially like to thank the organisations and festivals that have given us their support in various ways; from script development and master classes to film funds and pitching platforms that have allowed us to grow and have prepared us tell this story. These include the World Cinema Fund, Global Film Initiative, Hubert Bals Foundation, South African National Film and Video Foundation, The VFF (Verwertungsgesellschaft für Film- und Fernsehproduzenten (Germany), Art Moves Africa, Berlinale Co-production Market & Berlinale Talent Project Market, Produire au Sud- 3 Continents IFF Nantes (France), Africa Produce - African Film Festival of Tarifa (Spain),FilmMart Finance Forum-Durban International Film Festival (South Africa), CineMart-The Rotterdam Lab and Sørfond Forum-Films from the South Festival (Norway). Thank you all for believing in and supporting our project.
At present “The Boda Boda Thieves” script is also being tightened for the shoot later this year. Even as we have drawn our inspiration for this film from the great Italian classic “The Bicycle Thief”(And wow, what an inspiring film that was that has touched so many), like several other filmmakers , we can truly say that our story can stand on its own two feet as one that is truly African with a quirky and unique flavor to it. We are definitely NOT re-making the film nor are we adapting the story to an African context but rather, our story is an original one that has been motivated by the style and genre of neo-realism; a style we feel is able to capture the REAL Modern Africa as we see and live in it. Authenticity and depth of the characters is what has made our story. We hope our homage to the great Italian neo-realists that inspired Brazilian cinema novo will make ‘em proud of our “Afro-novo” take on it :) .
We are also currently underway in our casting for the film and we are very excited that things are falling into place slowly but surely.
Soooooo….sit tight people…Boda Boda is on its way.