Source: carletonvilleherald.comThe Gauteng Film Commission held a film and television careers workshop for local youth in the Merafong Municipality on Thursday June 15th, the day before the Youth Day long weekend. Merafong is a mining area in the far west of Gauteng, with its centre in Carletonville.

The local newspaper, the Carltetonville Herald, reported prominently on the event, describing “an excited buzz at the Carletonville Civic Centre” during the workshop, which was held in partnership with Career Monitor SA and the Youth Desk of Merafong Municipality.

The event provided information on career opportunities in the film and television for youth from disadvantaged areas of Khutsong and Kokosi townships. The workshop was an opportunity for GFC to explain to the attendees how they could participate in creating a vibrant film and television culture, in the form of public screenings and other opportunities, in the West Rand.

The youth were encouraged to organise themselves into a formal group with which the GFC can interact, with the aim of establishing a committed film and television community in the area. The GFC is working on establishing such groups in other deprived areas around Gauteng, improving the career prospects of local youths.

The GFC, which is tasked with the development and promotion of the audio-visual industries throughout Gauteng, especially in deprived areas, engages in regular public awareness campaigns in townships to discuss the value chain of the film and television industry. The value chain entails pre-production, production and post production, marketing and distribution of films, including feature films, television and documentaries, all of which provide career opportunities.