Film Impact Screening Facilitator short course

The Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is excited to share some amazing news: we made an impact short course! With a lot of help from our friends, of course. We’re lucky enough to have the NGO Sunshine Cinema (Africa’s first solar-powered cinema network) as our superpower … I mean partner.

Our baby, the UCT-certified Film Impact Screening Facilitator short course is a 6-month, part-time, 100% online course that includes lots of juicy content on our learning platform, self-paced learning resources, films, learning videos and synchronous online classes where participants have the opportunity to interact with each other, lecturers and guest speakers.  It’s aimed at folks who organise, market and host facilitated screenings. It’s ideal for filmmakers who want to use their films to make real change in the world, film students who are hungry to apply their theoretical and research skills in a practical environment, community-based activists, NGO comms people or field worker … or anyone who wants to use film to #sparkconversation or use #filmforchange.

The course was conceived and co-written by UCT CFMS MA Documentary Arts convenor Liani Maasdorp, Sunshine cinema founder Sydelle Willow Smith and documentary filmmaker and impact producer Miki Redelinghuys. 2021 guest speakers included Anita Khanna (Miners Shot Down producer and  impact producer), Dylan Valley (filmmaker & CFMS film lecturer) Judy Kibinge (DocuBox Kenya),  Wanja Emily (Thank You For the Rain impact producer, Kenya) and Khushboo Ranka (An Inconvenient Man director and impact producer), movement leaders like Zackie Achmat and Constance Mogale and visual anthropologist Prof Susan Levine.

Applications close 19 April 2022 and the course will run from June to November 2022. Thanks to support from the Fox Foundation and UCT TV ScreenCubator there are a limited number of bursaries available for deserving applicants from the African continent.