New film training for 40 interns

Investment

The Film Industry Learner Mentorship Programme (F.I.L.M.) starts training the latest MICT-SETA internship programme on 1 November 2012.

The 10-month programme will see 40 interns receive unit-standard aligned, accredited training, as well as mentorship in leading production companies and on local and international film, TV and commercial productions.

The interns with Grade 12 qualifications receive NQF Level 4 film and electronic media training, while the college and university graduates receive NQF Level 5 training.  “The film industry is notoriously difficult to enter; even top graduates from our leading film schools struggle to get onto productions,” says F.I.L.M. project director Seton Bailey. “We’ve become the bridge to get these passionate, talented people working productively in the industry.”

F.I.L.M. has placed over 100 trainees on productions since May this year, while three F.I.L.M. graduateswere winners at DSTV’s inaugural short film awards in March.

Of the 35 people on F.I.L.M.’s last Sallywood Project, 26 are now working successfully, either as entrepreneurs, trainees or crew.

“We’ve consistently seen our trainees add real value, being asked back from production to production andbecoming full-time crew,” says Seton.

Successful graduates from the recent Sallywood Project include budding camera operators Quinton Fredericks and Meredith Shearer-Aylward; ADs Gift Khumalo and Tebogo Mkhabela; editor Mzwa Fongqo; prosthetic technician Tarryn Kohler; Inge Jansen in continuity; Amandla Kasa in VT; Thandeka Mkhontwana, Vivienne Murison, and Zintle Gqoloza in accounts; and Kirstin Erasmus and Kwanele Arosi in the art department.

F.I.L.M. trainees have worked on many of the major local and international productions that have come through South Africa in the last year, including Long Walk to Freedom, with Idris Elba and current Bond girl Naomie Harris; Zulu, with Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker; Mary & Martha, with Hilary Swank; ITV’s Marple; Warner Premiere’s House Party; the Emmy-nominated Strike Back; and Bruce MacDonald’s debut feature film, The Perfect Wave, with Scott Eastwood.

F.I.L.M. trainees are already at work preparing for Black Sails, the massive TV series executive produced by Michael Bay, and Mad Max:Fury Road, with Charlize Theron.

If you would like to become a F.I.L.M. partner company or would like F.I.L.M. trainees for your next production, contact edmunica@filmsa.co.za or call 021 4617950 Ext 143.

For more information, visit www.filmsa.co.za; Facebook: Just-call-us-F.I.L.M; or YouTube: filmsaprogram