MSU enjoys the glory of film awards

Midlands State University (MSU) arts and film department are in seventh heaven after winning first prize in the Hi5 and Smartphone short film competition at the recent Zimbabwe International Film Festival.

The winning film, titled Tsvakai, is centered on the promotion of Zimbabwean culture with particular emphasis on the stories of Zimbabwe recognizing the complexity and depth of African heritage.

In the Hi5 category, the film Tsvakai was against Pamusha by Dar Shumba Nyamuzihwa, Spoke clearance by Kumbilani Ncube, Nhaka by Jonathan Samukange and Mhondoro trees by Lynette Gonga and Denslow Kisi.

Talk to NewsDay Life & Style, the film’s editor and producer, Brighton Munaku, said he was overwhelmed by the success of the film.

“As a lecturer (film studies) to the students who appeared on Tsvakai, I feel so honored and happy at the same time to have won the first prize, which is something important for our department as well as for the institution ”, he declared.

“I am proud of my team which is part of this production.

“Although they’re still in school, I’m glad they already have the skills of professional filmmakers. Well done MSU, we made it guys.

The president of the university’s department of media, communication, film and theater arts, Ephraim Vhutuza, also expressed his joy at the success of the students.

“The bagging of a floating trophy and television decoder at the Varsity Film Expo honored by His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa is just the start of great things to come for the Department of Media, Communication, Film. and theater arts, ”he said.

“With the support of the academic community, the department is poised to experience phenomenal growth and poised to conquer Zimbabwean and African cinematic and theatrical spaces.”

The award came just after another gong as the university placed second at the Varsity Film Expo which was recently held in Bulawayo, in addition to the University for Best Exhibitor against the National University of Science and Technology. technology, University of Great Zimbabwe, University of Zimbabwe. , Chinhoyi University of Technology and Lupane State University.

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