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.

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:...

Jurgen Meekel’s ‘Palinopsia’ Featured at ALIGHT, 1st September 2016

WITS Film and TV senior tutor Jurgen Meekel is featuring new work at ALIGHT, a one-night only projection mapping and light-based art event that is inspired by other global events like Lumiere, Les Nuites Blanches and White Night. The work, named ‘Palinopsia,’ is towards Meekel’s Masters in Fine Arts at WITS. For one night, on the 1st of September 2016, various local and international artists will take-over buildings, streets, rooms and other public and private spaces with various different artworks in the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein. From sunset till 12h, artists will start their projections and installations as visitors walk through the Tshimologong Precinct and experience the different artworks. Live music acts will also be peforming at various locations around the district. It’s important to note that while ALIGHT feels like a block-party, it’s much more of an art event aimed at play, experimentation and serendipitous discovery. You can buy tickets for the event...

Associate Lecturer Dylan Valley and Veteran Journalist Karima Brown In Conversation on CliffCentral.com

Last week Wits Film and TV Associate Lecturer Dylan Valley was invited to a Cliff Central Frankly Speaking radio discussion with veteran journalist and anti-apartheid activist Karima Brown to talk about coloured identity and black consciousness. You can listen to the full discussion here. Some more info: “In the wake of Wayde van Niekerk’s epic, world record-breaking victory in the Olympics 400m race, instead of celebrating as one, naturally, South Africans quickly turned the moment into a racially-polarised tweetstorm. On the one hand was those who celebrated under #colouredexcellence, arguing that it was time for coloured people to celebrate being coloured after having been taken for granted for a long time; on the other hand were those who were insisting that coloured people identify as black people. Andrew and Rori speak to journalist, Karima Brown and filmmaker Dylan...

In The Bag Screening: Mpumelelo Mcata’s “Black President.”

  Mpumelelo Mcata’s (BLKJKS, Motel Mari) much celebrated debut documentary film, essentially an exploratory dialogue between himself and artist Kudzanai Chiurai, will be showing this week at WSOA Apollonia Theater on 11 August at 5:30 PM. Join us for the screening and Qn’A with Mpumelelo and producer Anna...

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