Out In Africa joins Lunch Box Media.

The Out In Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (OIA) was launched in 1994 to celebrate the inclusion of the clause prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the South African Constitution.  Out In Africa is one of the largest film festivals in South Africa. Partnered with Nu-Metro theatres they host three annual festivals screening both local and international gay and lesbian films.

OIA  foresee tough times ahead as the economic downturn affects international donors and their contributions. OIA awaits the adjudication of its proposal, submitted over a year ago, to National Lottery for renewed funding.

OIA has joined forces with Lunch Box Media, an advertising and marketing agency to the pink media owners of South Africa, which will be a source of much needed funds to keep this 18 year old institution running.

LBM  appeals to all corporates and brands to take advantage of the (very affordable) print, branding, screen and online opportunities. Not only will you be getting valuable high impact marketing to a captive audience, but you will also be helping to keep this valuable community festival alive.

OIA need a minimum of R3,000,000 (three million Rand) a year to achieve all the planned annual activities. Director Nodi Murphy says “A million isn’t, well, shouldn’t be, all that hard to raise. We began this a few years ago using the simple equation of dividing 1 million by 120 (being a monthly donation of R10 for a year) and arriving at 8333. We have had a modicum of success. Now we have upped the ante and are asking for R240 a year. It really isn’t a huge sum for individuals to afford.”

By becoming an 8333 you would support three mini-Main Festivals in Jozi and CT – collectively adding up to 30 features and numerous shorts over the year. In addition there are five Satellite Festivals in Ermelo, Kimberley, Mafikeng, Pietermaritzburg and East London, and the strong possibility of Port Elizabeth as a sixth in 2012.

Filmmaking workshops: OIA has also contributed to the development of a queer South African film industry through multiple filmmaking workshops, ensuring diversity and representation. To date 20 short films have been made and they have screened at over 60 film festivals worldwide.

The DVD Suitcase: since 2004 OIA has delivered a wide selection of queer films to communities and countries where no queer literature is available and where, more often than not, queers are punished for their sexual orientation.

For further details on the 8333 Trust and how to contribute, please contact carol@oia.co.za or see the website http://www.oia.co.za/8333-programme or for marketing within the Festival you can contact donovan@lunchboxmedia.co.za

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