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African Film Fellowship

Are you a postgraduate student or university lecturer in film, television, media, journalism, communications or a related field at an African university?


Are you interested in the dynamic fields of documentary filmyouth media and community engagement?


Do you want to practice engaged scholarship that directly benefits the communities you work in through the production of original stories and media products?


Then you should apply for the seven-week long African Filmmaking Fellowship hosted by the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town.


AFF will bring four teams consisting of a post-graduate student and her/his lecturer/mentor from universities across Africa to the University of Cape Town for seven weeks to produce short documentary films and learn to facilitate video skills training.


If you’d like to learn how to produce short documentary films and teach others to do the same, you should apply today!


Closing date for applications: 31 August 2016

Fellowship course dates: 31 October - 13 December 2016


The African Filmmaking Fellowship (AFF) is a new initiative aimed at bringing postgraduate students and their lecturers/supervisors from a variety of African universities together in Cape Town, South Africa for a seven week, full time residency programme that will equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to produce short documentaries and to establish their own documentary production short courses. 


The aims of the AFF are to:

  • facilitate practical video production skills training
  • share knowledge about developing and producing short documentary films
  • provide the knowledge and resources needed to establish and run video production short courses at participants’ home universities
  • encourage the establishment of video production short course at participants’ home universities
  • establish a network of African postgraduate students and academics that can collaborate on film productions and academic research in the future
  • support post-graduate students and academics interested in empowering youth with the skills to tell their own stories through film


Successful applicants will be offered the following:

  • five week full time Stepping Stone short documentary production course, which culminates in the production of a five-minute documentary or promotional video
  • one week youth media facilitator training course
  • one day cell phone filmmaking masterclass
  • return flight to Cape Town
  • accommodation for the duration of the programme


The ideal candidate is someone who:

- has an interest in video/film production and/or documentary filmmaking, but doesn’t necessarily have existing practical production skills

- has a keen interest in sharing the knowledge s/he gains in the programme with others at her/his home university or in the communities s/he works or conducts research in

- is passionate about sharing real stories and enabling others to tell their own stories

- wants to use film/video for advocacy, education, empowerment, social justice or to share her/his research with others

- is currently registered for a post-graduate degree at a university in Africa OR is currently teaching at a university in Africa

- wants to travel and meet new people 

- wants to collaborate with other academics and filmmakers from across Africa in the future


Please note:

- you need to apply as a two-person team consisting of one post-graduate student and one lecturer/supervisor

- you must be based at an African University

To apply, please complete the application form available on the UCT TV Studio website

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AFF is an initiative of the University of Cape Town Centre for Film and Media Studies.

AFF receives financial support from the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Stepping Stone community engagement video training is supported by the Fox Foundation, UCT CFMS and UCT TV Studio.