Giving tips to the workshop is Eileen Sandrock, CEO of Sasani Africa, a major television and film studioGiving tips to the workshop is Eileen Sandrock, CEO of Sasani Africa, a major television and film studioThe Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) conducts workshops through its Public Awareness Campaign in various townships in Gauteng. The GFC has developed groups of filmmakers with the aim of introducing them to the industry at a level where they play a meaningful role in the local Film & TV industry.

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

The townships where the workshops were held include Alexandra, Mamelodi, Orange Farm, Diepsloot, Nellmapius, Evaton, Carletonville & Fochville in the West Rand. The GFC’s Public Awareness Campaign programme will expand to other townships in future.

The GFC hosted a workshop in Diepsloot on Tuesday, 12 September in which all the seven teams of filmmakers from the above mentioned townships attended. The main aim of the workshop was to help prepare the young filmmakers, some of whom are new to film making, for this demanding Film & TV industry. Film experts were invited and they offered filmmakers with useful expert tips and their experiences of being part of this demanding industry, as well as to motivate and encourage them.

Chule Gobodo, Mukundi Lambani and Kutlwano MakgalemeleChule Gobodo, Mukundi Lambani and Kutlwano MakgalemeleThe GFC has entered these groups in the 48hour Film Project where it will help the teams with registration, equipment and other requirements for the project especially to access or use locations within the province.

The 48 Hour Film Project is managed by Natalie Delport for the second time this year and it  encourages upcoming film makers with modest equipment to strategise, write scripts, film and edit a short movie, find locations and actors and deliver the final product within  a 48 hour period - between Friday evening 22nd September and Sunday evening 24th September.

This is a fun and challenging international project with some of world’s best short films to be screened at Filmapalooza in Paris and the Cannes Short Film Festival in 2018.

The film experts included the CEO of Sasani studios Eileen Sandrock and the ladies who first brought the 48hour film project into Africa; Mukundi Lambani, Kutlwano Makgalemele and Chule Gobodo who now run Brainbow Conscious Creatives.