FILM & TELEVISION

Wits Film and Television, situated in the creative capital of South Africa, produces trailblazing filmmakers who challenge and redefine the filmmaking process. By offering our graduates an excellent intellectual and practical education they are additionally equipped for participating in the global film and media industries. Through our established filmmaking programmes our students develop conceptual creativity, intellectual rigour, and strong practical filmmaking capabilities.

Nduka Mntambo featured in new Wits magazine Curiosity

Wits Film and TV lecturer Nduka Mntambo is featured in an extensive profile in the new Wits magazine, Curiosity.  In the article Mntambo muses about his unique perspective on space, his influences and his current research – and a fascination with the city of Johannesburg. Curiosity aims to make “world-class African research accessible to all those eager to learn, unlearn and relearn our understanding of our world.” In their first issue, they explore “Cities” and follow researchers’ quest to make sense of how we live, work and move around in these spaces. Curiosity is produced by Wits Communications and the Research Office. You can read the entire edition...

Kenneth Kaplan to present Ahmed Kathrada documentary in New York

Wits Film & TV lecturer and filmmaker, Kenneth Kaplan, has been invited to present the documentaryAhmed Kathrada: A Man for All Seasons in New York later this month.  The screening will be hosted by Hunter College Departments of Film & Media, Political Science,  African & Puerto Rican /Latino Studies.  The film was made to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Ahmed Kathrada’s release from prison in South Africa. The film traces his extraordinary life journey as an activist, a Rivonia trialist, a prisoner on Robben Island and the founding of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. Featuring interviews with Rivonia trialists including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Denis Goldberg; fellow Robben Island prisoners and close friends and colleagues. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Kenneth Kaplan, one of the producers of the film. Location: Hunter North 506 Date and Time: Wednesday May 24th at 6pm. Sponsored by: Department of Film & Media Studies Department of Political Science Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino...

RapidLion News Edition 27 is Out

Wits Film and TV is the development partner of the RapidLion South African International Film Festival,  which is rapidly (pun intended) becoming one of the most important dates on the South African film calendar. The festival puts out a regular roundup of industry related news on their blog. The latests edition is out, and you can read it here.  ...

Wits Film and TV Grad Rainn Vlietman wins Mercedes Benz Bokeh Award, featured on Top Billing

Recent Wits Film and Television graduate Rainn Vlietman has been awarded the CTFC Cellphone Challenge Award at the Mercedes Benz Bokeh Film Festival. You can watch her short film S(HE) here:   Best CTFC Cellphone Challenge 2017 – S(HE) from Bokeh Fashion Film Festival on Vimeo. As a result of winning the award, Rainn was featured on SABC3’s Top Billing, who came to our centre to shoot an insert with...

MA Student Sivan Raphaely nominated for Best Student Film at Rapid Lion Film Festival.

Wits Film and Television MA student Sivan Raphaely was nominated for the Best Student Film Award at the Rapid Lion Film Festival 2017. The award went to Never a Next Train by Devon Delmar. The festival took place from 4-12  March at the Market Theatre and is fast becoming one of the most important events on the Johannesburg film calendar. Wits Film and TV was the developmental partner for the festival. You can find out more about Rapid Lion here: http://www.rapidlion.co.za/...

Wits Film & TV Student Samkelisiwe Mkhoba to Star in MTV Shuga

MTV Shuga was first launched in 2009 and is part of an MTV Base initiative called “MTV Staying Alive Ignite!” which was created to promote responsible sexual behaviour from young people on the continent. Shuga takes the form of a soap opera and its previous seasons took place in Kenya and Nigeria respectively. For their fifth season, they have moved the show to South Africa, harnessing the energy of  our home turf of Braamfontein, rebranding the show as MTV Shuga: Down South. Wits Film and TV fourth year student Samkelisiwe Mkhoba will be starring as teenager Khensani, who is “looking for love and finding it in the wrong places,” as Samkelisiwe describes it. “As an aspiring director I have taken the opportunity to learn from our 3 directors on set namely Mmabatho Montsho, Rea Rangaka and Thabang Moleya. By observing them in their diversity and individuality I hope to find my own identity as a director. I also hope to star in many more films such as Shuga as it is a show which promotes the awareness of human behavior regarding sexual activities and precautions,” says Samkelisiwe. She is in good company. This season she will star alongside seasoned actors like Clint Brink, and hip hop star Kwesta. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o starred in the first season. A sign of things to come for Samkelisiwe perhaps!  ...

Wits Film and TV Students Short Film Shortlisted for Film4Climate Competition

The Film4Climate Global Video Competition invites filmmakers between the ages of 14-35 years old from all over the world to showcase their talents and create a Public Service Advertisement (PSA) (less than 1 min) or a Short Film (1-5 minutes) about climate action. Wits Film and TV Students Samkelisiwe Makhoba, Mandlakazi Zilwa, Portia Ramoabi, Pumla Peteni,Daniella Boalhosa and Jessica Wan have entered the Film4Climate competition and were shortlisted out of over 800 film submissions throughout the world. Their entry made the top 4 chosen in South Africa, and top 60 films within the short film category worldwide. Italian film Director Bernardo Bertolucci was one of the judges and the winners were announced in November. Unfortunately our students didn’t win, however it was an achievement in itself to be nominated and we salute them! Their work was also featured in the official competition trailer. You can view their entry...

Wakhe Malatji Wins 3rd Place in ShatterPrufe Amateur Film Competition

The WSOA Film and Television Division would like to congratulate Wakhe Malatjie for winning 3rd place in the Shatterprufe Amateur Film competition. The competition offers a first, second and third place as well as an R8000 prize for the video with the most likes.  Wits students have placed every year for the last 3 years – last year Wits Film and TV students took first and third place.  Support Wakhe (in winning R8000) by having a look at the video and clicking “like” on it at the Shatterprufe Facebook page:...

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