Cape Town spearheads first film school congress in Africa

The Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (Cilect) Congress, which represents 160 film schools from across the world, will be taking place in Africa for the first time. by Rusana Philander

The keynote speaker at the congress will be filmmaker Ronnie Apteker, with his latest production being the film Material which stars Riaad Moosa.

Apteker will speak about what the concept ubuntu means for film in South Africa.

The congress will continue until Friday in Cape Town. The Cilect congress is hosted by Afda, the South African School of Motion Pictures and Live Performance.

Garth Holmes, chairperson of AFDA, said the conference would deal primarily with new and existing teaching methodologies, and would be a platform for collaboration between students, lecturers and film schools.

"The conference sees speakers from the film school industry, as well as universities from around the world, exchange knowledge on topics such as teaching methodology, contemporary documentary film, economic development and new media and technology," said Holmes.

"The top film schools in the world will be attending the congress." Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, the CEO of Cape Town Tourism, said: "Cilect will bring film executives and professors from all corners of the world to the Mother City.

The fact that Cape Town is hosting this event as it comes to the African continent for the first time is testament to Cape Town's standing as an important film industry role player and we look forward to hosting the delegates.

"Cape Town's film industry is one that contributes greatly to the city's economy and international flavour, and it's flourishing, with more and more productions being shot here every year," said Du Toit-Helmbold.

"Hollywood blockbusters, like Safe House, also expose our beautiful city to the world through one location after another."

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