7 October 2016


Joburg Film Festival to launch Youth and Audience Development Programme

This October the inaugural Joburg Film Festival will take place from 28 October to 5 November showcasing over 60 local and international films. With screenings at multiple cinemas and venues across the Coburg metropolis, the festival will play host to local and international stars, directors, producers and industry professionals who will all converge on Africa’s brightest city and leading economy to present the best of their cinematic craft to local audiences. The festival will also especially focus on the vibrant, young, next generation of cinema fans as well as filmmakers.

The festival recently announce the launch of the Youth and Audience Development Programme, a month long series of community screenings and film industry career awareness workshops that began on 1 October. A host of training events, screenings and workshops have been especially created for participants who want to enter the film and television industry but may not have any prior experience.

As part of this roll out, The Joburg Film Festival, in partnership with entrepreneur and actor, Thapelo Mokoena’s Kasi Movie Nights, will host a series of special screenings of local feature films including Tell Me Sweet Something, Love and Kwaito, and a selection from the Push and Shove Short Film Series. These audience development screenings will take place at multipurpose community centers in townships in and around Johannesburg:

Riverlea Recreational Centre: 8 Oct

Yeoville Youth Centre: 15 Oct 2016

Tshepisong Multipurpose Centre: 22 Oct 2016

Power Park Hall: 29 Oct 2016

Finetown Hall: 5 Nov 2016

The Youth and Audience Development Film Industry Career Awareness Workshops, in partnership with National Broadcast Institute (NABI), are specifically for participants who want to enter the film and television industry. Participants will learn the fundamental tools of digital filmmaking, conceptualizing, researching, writing, producing, directing, cinematography, and editing. They will also direct their own five-minute individual observational films in crews of three or four persons.

Tumi Langa, JFF youth development programme manager explains further, “Whilst the Joburg Film Festival will only be a week-long event, the Youth and Audience Development Programme is a continuous year long programme geared towards developing and nurturing of young talent, particularly from less well-resourced areas across Johannesburg’s seven regions. We are grateful for the vision of al all our partners, especially the City of Joburg for giving youngsters wings to fly.”

The trainees will get a chance to meet and interact with industry leaders who will participate in the workshops as well as meet some of the stars and talent from the films to be screened, as part of the festival programme. The integrated series of learning sessions will take place at the National Broadcast Institute in Newtown every Saturday until 5 Nov 2016. The career awareness workshops are targeted at young participants under the age of 35, with Grade 12 or Matric, with a focus on unemployed youth with little or no filmmaking experience.

Some of the participants will stand a chance to qualify for entry into the MICTSETA Accredited Qualification-National Certificate in Film and Television (NQF 5) offered by NABI. Gauteng high schools are encouraged to participate by selecting and submitting a list of prospective learners who show dedication, willingness to learn and a need to create careers within digital media, television and broadcasting.

Young people and out-of-schoolers interested in participating in the workshops can contact: info@joburgfilmfestival.co.za or admin@nabi.org.za; priscilla@nabi.org.za and 011 492 1256.

For more information, visit the Joburg Film Festival website.


AFDA Open Day

AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) and AFDA BIT (The AFDA School of Business Innovation and Technology) are hosting an Open Day on the 8th Oct 2016 on all our respective campuses. The Open Day is a great opportunity for prospective students, teachers and parents to witness and understand the various courses AFDA has to offer.

At our Open Days you will be able to:

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-Witness our students and staff take you through a film scene shoot at our Film School

-Listen to Live Performance students present their original scores on stage

-Follow the Television students roll through a broadcast in the TV studio.

-Take a trip through the Post Production studios

-Understand the innovative and revolutionary B Com and BCT degrees

-Discover the BA degrees and disciplines we have on offer

-Collect marketing brochures and materials to help you plan opportunities, finances, study and career choices and learn more about our staff

-Conduct an interview with Heads of School and Discipline Lecturers

-Use available computers and staff to help you apply online

-Converse with AFDA students about their experiences

-Get all your questions answered.

-Speak to financial institutions with regard to financing

-Have your queries about student housing answered by professionals

-Go home informed and happy after a great day

For further information contact:

JOHANNESBURG: Pamela Sehunoe 011 482 8345 | Pamela@afda.co.za | 41 Frost Avenue, Auckland Park, JHB

CAPE TOWN: Nareen Rebello 021 448 7600 | marketingcpt@afda.co.za | 18 Lower Scott Road, Observatory, CPT

DURBAN: Simone Logan 031 569 2252 | simonel@afda.co.za | 2a Highdale Road, Glen Anil, DBN

PORT ELIZABETH: Nuala Jansen 041 5821266 nuala@afdaportelizabeth.co.za | 28 Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth

Visit our website: www.afda.co.za