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/...

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:...

Wits Film and TV Named As One Of The Best International Film Schools by The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter has named the Wits Film and Television division in the Wits School of Arts as one of the top 15 international film schools in the world. The publication has announced a separate list for American film schools. The international list features other prestigious institutions such as The Filmacademy in Vienna, The Beijing Film Academy, and La Femis in...

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...

WSOA Film and TV Senior Tutor Jurgen Meekel Featured in ‘Authentic Thinkers’ Exhibtion

The Priest art gallery is hosting a contemporary group exhibition titled ‘Authentic Thinkers’ and is presented by Isa Schwartz and curated by Dr Fred Scott. The exhibition features artists who favour a spirit of adventure in their work.  Wits Film and TV senior tutor Jurgen Meekel is a featured artist as part of ‘Authentic Thinkers.’ The exhibition is opening on Thursday the 4th of August at Priest Espresso Bar, 142 Jan Smuts Ave, Johannesburg. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to...

Prof Jyoti Mistry wins Global CILECT Teaching Award 2016

CILECT (The International Association of Film and Television Studies) has named Prof Jyoti Mistry, Wits Film and TV Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Division, as one of the winners of the CILECT Teaching Award for 2016. The award exists as a means to recognize and reward excellence in film, TV and/or media pedagogy within the academy. The CILECT Executive Council has announced that this year the Teaching Award Project has gathered “more well prepared and well supported nominations than ever before.” The Teaching Award ceremony will be held on 21 November 2016 in Brisbane, Australia, during the CILECT Congress hosted by Griffith Film School. The conference theme this year will be...

4th Year Student Attending the International Film Academy of Bologna

Gabriella Blumberg, a 4th year student at WSOA Film and Television, is currently attending the International Film Academy of Bologna. The International Filmmaking Academy brings together a select group of graduate and final year undergraduate 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. For more information, check out the Academy’s...

Master’s Student Shubham Mehta wins Best South African Short at DIFF

eKhaya (Home), directed by Shubham Mehta, who graduated from the undergraduate degree program at Wits University’s Film & TV division last year and is currently completing his Master Degree in the same division, won the Best South African Short Film award at the 37th edition of the Durban International Film Festival 2016. The film was produced as part of the course work for the South African Fiction Film course. eKhaya (Home) follows the story of a young detective who arrests a desperate man for petty theft and a short road trip ensues in which the thief tries to convince the detective of his...

Screening: 120 Years of African Cinema

WSOA Film & TV in collaboration with Wits City Institute 120 Years of Cinema in Africa Wednesday 18 May – 17.15 for 17.45 Appolonia May 1896 – At the same time as the ‘Scramble for Africa’ was underway American magician Carl Hertz screened the first films in Johannesburg at the Empire Palace of Varieties as part of his magic act. To mark this anniversary there will be a screening of the shorts made by British cinema pioneer R.W. Paul. An international panel will discuss the significance of this event for Africa, cinema and modernity. Introduced by Professor Tawana Kupe, Panel : John Akomfrah – filmmaker / artist , London (via Skype), Professor Aboubakar Sanogo – Carleton University, Ottawa (via Skype ) Pervaiz Khan (WSOA) Chair: Lindelwa Dalamba (WSOA) The screening of the short films will be accompanied by new compositions by WSOA music students....

Alumnus Samantha Nell Screens at Cannes Director’s Fortnight

Last week the prestigious Director’s Fortnight program at the 69th Cannes Film Festival opened with the world premiere screening of four short films directed by South Africans working in tandem with directors from Argentina, Brazil and Switzerland.  Among the directors selected for this project was Wits Film & TV graduate Samantha Nell.    These screenings are the results of the South African Factory young talents programme, initiated by French producer Dominique Welinski and the Directors’ Fortnight with the support of the French Institute of South...

MA Student Alexandra Knight Selected for Actuality Media Course in Guatemala

Wits Film and TV MA student Alexandra Knight has recently been accepted into Actuality Media’s documentary outreach course taking place in Antigua, Guatemala this June – July 2016. The participants, a group of international students, will immerse themselves in a community in Antigua, and find an inspiring story where an organisation or individual is uplifting their community and making a difference. Films will be storyboarded, brainstormed, filmed, edited and finally presented to the members of that community all within the time frame of a month. Actuality Media was founded upon the mission to tell stories that matter. They offer international service learning experiences where media students learn to create documentary videos and photography about people who are making a difference to their communities. Alexandra is currently in the process of raising funds to attend this course. If anyone is willing and able to donate to this cause, they can follow her story and find more details on her blog ....

Alumnus Obakeng Kgongoane Shines at Endemol

Endemol Shine Africa, one of the most prominent production houses in South Africa, chose ten graduates and young people to complete a year long internship on their new flagship, Endemol Beyond. Wits Film and TV alumnus Obakeng Kgongoane was one of the applications chosen. We asked her for some feedback on her experience so far: My time at Endemol Shine thus far has been truly exciting, I wake up excited to go to work and am very grateful for the insights, skills and abilities that I have learned at Wits. They have truly come in handy. What I love most is our creative environment. At any time I can pick a discussion of ideas, work flows, and even social debates with my colleagues. It keeps the work we do spontaneous, relevant and a true team effort. Although we are still in the slow beginning stages of any internship environment (especially being the first group of interns under the Endemol Beyond division), I am excited to get deep into production and getting the ball rolling! We salute Obakeng and wish her all the best with the rest of her...

Nikita Morare Wins Best Student Film at Rapid Lion

Nikita Morare became the first ever Rapid Lion Winner last night for her film The Bullet in the Scarf.  Head of Division, Tanja Sakota presented her with the award at a Gala Ceremony held at the Market Theatre.  She won for the category “Best Student Film, South Africa”.  The Festival continues till 19...

Nikita Morare and Hermann Venter nominated for Best Student Film at Rapid Lion

Nikita Morare’s 4th year film Bullet in the Scarf as well as Hermann Venter’s The Boxer (which we blogged about here)  have been nominated for Best Student Film at RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival. The awards will be announced tonight in Johannesburg. Here is some more info on Bullet in the Scarf: The film is interested in exploring the story of a little girl who was born in Somalia and immigrated to Canada due to the civil war in her home country. We follow her story using archival material and some existing media in order to recreate her memory as she tells her story. The crux of the story lies in the fragmented nature of memory and how it is deeply influenced by...

WSOA Film and TV Lecturer Jurgen Meekel Receives Naledi Nomination

Lecturer Jurgen Meekel has received a nomination for a Naledi Award in the category: best AV-design in a 2015 theatre production. This nomination is awarded for his work on the video projections in the stage play Cincinnati, a re-worked Barney Simon play that was originally performed in 1979 at the Market Theatre. The play is directed by young director Clive Mathibe and was performed in Aug / Sept 2015 in the Laager Theatre at the Market Theatre. The winners of the awards will be announced on 14 April...

Fourth Year Film “The Shadow Boxer” Selected for Rapid Lion Film Festival

  Hermann Venter’s short film, “The Shadow Boxer” has been selected for Rapid Lion South African Internation Film Festival.  Hermann is currently working towards his MA Film & TV in the Wits Film Division. “The Shadow Boxer” was produced as part of his course work in 2015. You can watch the film...

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