Black filmmakers development programme open for applications

DStv is providing an opportunity to 20 aspirant black filmmakers to attend a free 10 month film skills training programme at the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking. Applications have opened and will run until the 14th of May 2012. Candidates should have three or more years of experience in the industry.

The successful applicants will receive hands-on training in areas such as lighting design, cinematography, production management, editing, sound, research and elements of business management. Some of the top specialists in the South African film industry will mentor the group.

According to Itumeleng Letebele, Corporate Social Investment Manager for MultiChoice, "The DStv Skills Development Programme is a transformation initiative to develop and train filmmakers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. It is looking for participants who believe they have what it takes to make a difference in the industry and who are determined to make their dreams of being a filmmaker come true."

The selected participants also have the opportunity to develop work for channels on the DStv platform. "This facet of the programme provides the participants with exposure to producing work for clients. This real experience better prepares them for a successful career within the film industry," concludes Letebele.

An independent panel of selectors will review all the applications and select the 20 candidates to enter the programme.

Email Connie Mosegedi for more information.

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