Sponsored by the SABC and Gauteng Film Commission, the Bafundi Film & TV Festival is said to be the first ever national student film and television festival in South Africa. A cohort of South Africa’s finest student filmmakers will be descending on Wits for three days in March to share their work, network with industry leaders and find out how to make a living from their art.

The theme of the 2008 festival will be Building Professionals, which will be brought out through seminars dealing with funding, commissioning and distribution. The delegates will also have opportunities to interrogate industry during round table sessions with commissioning editors, producers, directors and other key role players in the industry.

The festival includes screening sessions for each of the twelve participating film and television training institutions country wide. These screenings are open to the public and will provide a glimpse into what the new up and coming talent can offer (tickets at R10 per session available at the theatre).

The Bafundi Film & TV Festival will create a platform for developing the quality and status of South African student film as well as addressing current industry needs in training.

In addition to the festival screenings, the SABC will flight the selected student work as a ten week series on national television.

The details of the event are as follows:
Venue:  Wits Theatres, Braamfontein
Dates: Sunday 16 March to Tuesday 18 March
Enquiries: melanie.keartland@wits.ac.za or tel: 011 717 1373