The City of Joburg and the Gauteng Film Commission teamed up to unearth untapped audio-visual talent from the youth of the city's townships.

The partnership's aim was to equip young talent from disadvantaged backgrounds with essential industry and film knowledge to enable them to pioneer a new generation of South African film makers.

By creating new platforms for aspiring township-based cinematographers, sound engineers, screen writers and actors, the partnership sought to nurture new voices in the country's film industry. This paved the way for the telling of authentic South African and African stories through film.

The initiative got under way in the second half of February with a series of introductory workshops at locations across the City (venues, dates and times are listed below).

The following industry specialists indicated their interest in participating in the workshops, however it was subject to their availability:

  • National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)
  • South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
  • DStv
  • eNCA
  • City Varsity
  • Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking

Workshop venues, dates and times were:

  • Alex San Kopano, 24 February, 10h00 - 14h00
  • Dobsonville Kopanong Hall, 11 February, 14h00 - 17h00
  • Cosmo City MPCC Hall, 20 February, 14h00 - 17h00
  • Diepsloot Skills Library, 19 February, 14h00 - 17h00
  • Orange Farm Skills Centre, 10 February, 10h00 - 14h00
  • Tshepisong Library, 17 February, 10h00 - 14h00
  • Ivory Park Library, 13 February, 10h00 - 14h00

For more information, please contact Berry Pickers Media on 011 463 9448 or 084 553 5970.