Current news articles for the Centre for Film and Media Studies.
Last week we featured the winner of the South African Film and Television Awards in the category Best Student Film, Roxanne Dalton, for the film Finding Freedom. This week we put the spotlight on Mia Cilliers, also a CFMS alumna, who won the Best Achievement in Directing in a Documentary Short award for the film Six to Six. Both alumni expressed immense gratitude towards Dr Liani Maasdorp from CFMS, who co-produced the two films.
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CFMS Associate Professor Haupt recently presented a plenary paper at the Race + IP conference held at Boston College in Boston, Massachussets, from 20-22 April 2017. Haupt presented in a plenary session titled "Reimagining IP".
On Tuesday 18 April, Aylin Basaran from the University of Vienna presented her research on the history of Tanzania’s film industry from the 1960-90s. According to Basaran, film had already been introduced during Tanzania’s colonial period, particularly as an educational medium to instruct citizens about farming and health practices. Educational films have since been a source of skepticism for Tanzanians.
On Friday 31st March, we were privileged to screen Nadine Cloete’s often harrowing, always riveting, and deeply moving documentary on murdered freedom fighter Ashley Kriel. Nadine, an alumna of the Centre for Film and Media Studies, was present to engage with the audience.
CFMS recently announced that two of its alumni received awards at the South African Film and Television Awards. Rox Dalton's film Finding Freedom won the best Student Film Award, and she was asked to share her experience with us.
CFMS recently announced that two of its alumni were nominated for the South African Film and Television Awards, and we are privileged to broadcast that both Mia Cilliers and Roxanne Dalton won in their individual categories.
Watch this space to learn more about these two talented filmmakers, and in the meantime follow Mia on Twitter at @miacilliers and SAFTAs at @SAFTAS1.
On Tuesday 14 March, Prof Monroe Price delivered a talk called "Freedom of Expression in the Trump Era: Some Preliminary Observations" at the Centre for Film and Media Studies. Prof Price, who left some of the attending lecturers “starstruck”, is currently the Director of Annenberg's Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He referred to himself as a “fading professor” but his analysis of US President Donald Trump’s impact on defining the role of journalists in the current US society proved to be anything but fading.
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.