The Push and Shove Short Film Series screening at the Riverlea Recreation Centre
The audience at the Push and Shove Short Film Series screening at the Riverlea Recreation Centre. (Photo: @JoburgFilmFest)

The inaugural Joburg Film Festival is targeting the next generation of filmmakers and movie fans, with a packed Youth and Audience Development Programme running from 1 October through 5 November.

The audience development screening programme, in partnership with actor-entrepreneur Thapelo Mokoena's Kasi Movie Nights, brings a selection of top South African films to township community centres in townships in and around Johannesburg as follows:

  • 1 October, Diepsloot Youth Centre - Tell Me Sweet Something
  • 8 October, Riverlea Recreation Centre - Push and Shove Short Film Series
  • 15 October, Yeoville Youth Centre - Love and Kwaito
  • 22 October, Tshepisong Multipurpose Centre - Tell Me Sweet Something
  • 29 October, Power Park Hall - Push and Shove Short Film Series
  • 5 November, Finetown Hall - Love and Kwaito

The film industry career awareness workshops, in partnership with the National Broadcast Institute (NABI), have been designed for young people who are keen to enter the film and television industry but may not have any prior experience.

"While 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 nurturing young talent, particularly from less well-resourced areas," Joburg Film Festival youth development programme manager Tumi Langa said in a statement.

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Participants will learn the basics of digital filmmaking, conceptualising, researching, writing, producing, directing, cinematography and editing. At the same time, they'll get to interact with industry leaders taking part in the workshops, and to meet some of the actors and crew from the films being screened at the festival.

Finally, they'll get the opportunity, working in crews of three or four, to direct their own five-minute observational films. And some of the participants will stand a chance to qualify for entry into the National Certificate in Film and Television course offered by the NABI.

The workshops are taking place every Saturday from 1 October through 5 November at the National Broadcast Institute on the third floor of The Mills, 66 Carr Street, Newtown.

Youngsters under the age of 35, with a Grade 12 or Matric, who are interested in participating can contact Priscilla Nyoni at or or 011 492 1256, or email

The Joburg Film Festival is supported by official sponsors the City of Joburg, the Department of Arts and Culture and the Gauteng Tourism Authority, and industry partners the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), Joburg Film Office, National Broadcast Institute, Kasi Movie Nights and DISCOP Africa.

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Source: staff reporter

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