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.

Wits Student Films Screening at DIFF 2017

Wits Student films showcase at Durban International Film Festival 2017.  Wits Film & TV division is proud to be showcasing a selection of undergraduate and post-graduate films produced by our students over the last year.  The films will screen 17 July starting 12:15pm at the History Museum – 77 Samora Machel...

WITS Film and TV at Durban FilmMart

Wits Film & TV Division will be attending the Durban FilmMart 14 – 17 July.  Come and visit our exhibition stand to find out more about studying Film & TV courses at University of Witwatersrand....

Wits at International Filmmaking Workshop in Bologna, Italy

Over the past week, Wits Film and TV fourth year student Ayanda Sibisi has been attending the 5th Edition of the International Filmmaking Workshop, which brings together a select group of graduate and a last year undergraduate filmmaking students from the world’s finest film schools to a three week summer program in Bologna, Italy, in a master class taught by some of the world’s leading filmmakers. Every year Wits selects a student representative, which this year was final year student Ayanda Sibisi. During the workshop participants will shoot a short movie using professional digital cameras or smartphones, in total creative autonomy under the supervision of the Master Teacher, one of whom this year is Béla Tarr, a Hungarian film director widely regarded as one of the most influential film authors of the past thirty years. He is a master of the long take and of films that express the vulnerability of human condition.           ...

RapidLion News 28: It All Began on Twitter

Wits Film and TV is the development partner of one of Joburg’s most important film festivals, RapidLion. You can  read their latest newsletter here , which talks about Lupita Nyongo and Rihanna’s upcoming collaboration, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as an ANC operative, and the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF.)...

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/...

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