The 48 Hour Film Project

48logobigIn its third year in Africa (and 12th internationally), the 48 Hour Film Project is an international competition challenging budding filmmakers to make movies, from script to screen, in a mere 48 hours and giving them an opportunity to showcase them on an international stage.

All creativity, writing, shooting and editing, must occur in a 48-hour window beginning Friday evening at 7pm and ending Sunday at 7pm. The teams won't know what genre (thriller/comedy etc) they will be shooting until the start of the competition. The films must also include randomly selected lines of dialogue, props and characters. After the films are complete, they are shown in a local theatre and judged.

The 48 Hour Film Project is supported by the Gauteng Film Commission.

To be part of the 48HFP contact:

Click here to find out more about the 48 Hour Film Project.

The South African Roadies Association

SARAThe South African Roadies Association (SARA) has been the principle technical production skills development and training organisation in Southern Africa for the past 16 years. Its extensive training has allowed some students to open their own businesses upon completion of the course. When doing intake for students SARA strives for 60% male and 40% female to balance gender equity and introduce more women into the industry.

SARA is also a leader in calling for the transformation of imbalances that currently exist in the entertainment Industry. The lack of entry-level technical and production skills, especially among previously disadvantage communities, has led to the formation of this course, which has been designed as a platform for the youth to avoid the harsh realities of South African township experience.

SARA has provided an outlet to produce a confident generation of young technicians, who have achieved and are developing their technical skills and expanding their global horizons. A reality has come, just when needed the most, at the dawn of the information age and convergence of audio, video and presentation platforms that translate primarily into entertainment and presentation services, thereby ensuring a guaranteed career direction.

Details of the course:

  • Learners were secured from Gauteng, the Free State, North West and Limpopo.
  • The training programme covers live sound, lighting, staging, health and safety, backline, audiovisual and production.
  • Six lead facilitators, one training coordinator and one assistant facilitator were successfully secured, all with qualifications.
  • Three assessors were successfully secured, all with relevant qualifications.
  • One moderator were successfully secured, with relevant qualifications
  • Training has commenced according to schedule.
  • Learners are attending and they have all received the learning material including learner’s guides.
  • All subjects proceeded with training; assessments and moderation have been conducted.
  • All learners have been engaged in-house and on-the-job practical training.

The Linkin Park team spent three hours at SARA House interacting with SARA students, sharing their respective experiences, describing their work and job descriptions and providing a well-rounded representation of the inner workings of their technical and production methods and systems.

For more information about SARA, contact

  • Freddie Nyathela
  • President of the South African Roadies Association
  • 55 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, Johannesburg 2001
  • Tel: +27 11 639 7940
  • Fax: +27 11 833 0549
  • Mobile: +27 82 784 6271

Workshops on film as a career

In 2009 the Gauteng Film Commission, in collaboration with the Cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane library information services, the Sedibeng District Municipality and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan, rolled out a series of workshops and screening initiatives focusing on film as a career. The project promoted all forms of career in the audiovisual sector, aiming to broaden perceptions, particularly among young people, of the options available within the industry. A total of 6 348 audience members were reached.

Another innovative project was to reach out to deaf schoolchildren to mark International Day of the Disabled. Two workshops, hosted at the Sizwile School for the Deaf in Dobsonville and the Ekurhuleni School for the Deaf, involved some 370 deaf students and guests. Deaf filmmaker Nenio Mbazima screened his feature film Hello Sweet Baby, about a deaf schoolgirl, and spoke about his film and the challenges he experienced in making it, including training deaf actors and using a mostly deaf crew.

To encourage greater interest in career opportunities available, the GFC published a comprehensive career guide aimed at learners and educators. The Guide to Getting Started in Film and TV introduces learners to career opportunities available, the production process, skills required, scholarship and bursary opportunities, a detailed list of Gauteng-based training and educational providers, as well as support and industry organisations active in South Africa.

Developed with contributions from industry professionals, the guide has generated huge interest and has been widely disseminated to students through libraries, special workshops and screenings, as well as at the 2009 Photo & Film Expo.

The GFC continued its partnership with Women of the Sun (WOS), a nonprofit organisation that advances and showcases women filmmakers in Africa, working to increase female participation in the film and television industry. In workshops and screenings in partnership with WOS, the GFC supported 213 women participants.

In order to create acting opportunities for Gauteng youth, the GFC entered into a partnership with SABC 3. The talent search involved auditions for a role in the popular local TV drama series Isidingo, with the winner being awarded a two-year contract.

Higher Learning Institution Film Clubs

  • Provide a space where students can exchange information and learn from each other.
  • Film clubs give regular demonstrations, and hold discussions, classes and workshops on all various facets of video making, from learning skills like editing to discussions of new equipment and how to use it.

Training Development

Film as a career project

  • Films to be made available to the Gautengers to inspire the community about stories they tell.
  • Provide an opportunity to young people to explore and get more information on careers in the industry and its discipline.  Involve established film practitioners to inspire them.