Two of our alumni have been nominated for South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA awards) this year. Roxanne Dalton’s Master of Documentary Arts (MoDA) graduation film, Finding Freedom, is nominated for a Best Student Film award. Mia Cilliers is nominated for a Best Achievement in Directing - Documentary Short award for a film, Six to Six, she made with other MoDA alumni who formed a production company, Reel Epics, after they finished their studies at CFMS.
CFMS alumnus, 22-year old Jessie Zinn's short film, Can I Please go to the Bathroom?, recently featured at Design Indaba. The film, a form of design activism, explores the gendered phenomenon of how menstruation can hinder already marginalised girls' pursuit of an education. It ultimately considers the intertwining health and social issues, still considered taboo topics, that young women face in South African schools.
In 2015 the Centre for Film and Media Studies held a conference on television studies, and a special issue of journal articles emerged from the research presented at that conference. We took the opportunity to celebrate the fact that 2016 marks the 40 year anniversary of South African television. The special issue examines a diverse range of South African television texts, reflecting on the complexity of television's role in our emerging nation.You can access the edition by following this link: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcsa20/42/4
The Tromso International Film Festival takes place when the sun returns to the horizon after the polar night. On the Tuesday of the festival week the sun made an appearance at 12 noon and disappeared before 1 pm. The majestic city of Tromso, the gateway to the Arctic, is an ideal place for a film festival. The festival was established in 1991 and specialises in quality films without Norwegian distribution. It has been described as probably the world's northernmost major film event and presents a cutting edge international programme, all films shown as Scandinavian premieres.