Author and filmmaker, Eric Myeni, has urged government to empower local filmmakers and producers.

Myeni says it’s important for government to level the playing field by coming up with interventions that would empower black practitioners because the film industry remains white dominated.

Myeni was speaking on the first day of the two-day South African Film Summit under way at the Skyrink Studios in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD).

“Fund the establishment of black-owned and run production facilities and if they don’t exist, find people who can make them. Gear companies, post production facilities, find them and fund them. Fund and sustain local able black owned and run local film production houses and I mean film here because we constantly confuse it with television, constantly mix them together and television always takes over,” says Myeni.