CFMS partnered with Encounters

13 Jun 2019 - 12:00


In June 2019, the Centre for Film & Media Studies is hosting two events in partnership with the Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival:


UCT TV’s ScreenCubator Business Programme

ScreenCubatees attending the ScreenCubator Business Programme workshops.


UCT TV’s ScreenCubator Business Programme in partnership with Encounters, Wesgro, City of Cape Town and FNB, selected applicants from the programme to attend workshops and presentations from the 1st  to the 7th of June. The purpose of the two workshops was to give the attendees the opportunity to learn about the business side of filmmaking.  The workshops enabled the participants to register their production companies, open business bank accounts and to select professional business names for their companies.

The first workshop held on the 1st of June was hosted by FNB. This Financial Literacy workshop has sessions which touched on the following areas: registering your business, CIPC registration with FNB, funding your business and the sustainability of your business.

A subsequent workshop was held on Friday 7 June at Invest SA for participants to have one-on-one engagements with various stakeholders and open a Business Account with FNB, should they elect to do so. NFVF representatives addressed the various opportunities available for aspiring filmmakers who seek funding. CIPC (Company Registration Entity) & SARS were also present.

Watch: Journalist and documentary filmmaker Yazeed Kamaldin talks about the #EncountersDoc2019 industry strategy workshops

SARS representative talking about "Understanding tax requirements". 

Participants taking notes during the FNB Financial Literacy Workshop


ScreenCubator Business Programme is a programme run by the UCT TV Studio with support from the Fox Foundation and The Centre for Film and Media Studies at UCT. It grew out of the Stepping Stone Community Engagement Video Programme and was developed in response to a need from Stepping Stone alumni for support of their first professional productions, or to launch their own production companies.

Our vision is to support emerging filmmakers in the production of their first short film, or in the production of a trailer that they can use to secure financial support for a mid-length or feature length film. We favour social justice content, particularly documentary film, but we also support various projects and media including fiction short film and web platforms.



The Impact Springboard


The Impact Springboard is running on the 15th of June 2019. The UCT Television Studio will host pitching sessions where four shortlisted producers will pitch their impact (outreach) distribution plans. The selected participants are:

Sarin Drew (director/producer) - Blaqutopia

Daneel Knoetze (director/producer) - A killing in the Winelands

Daniel Ndevu (impact producer) - The Water Dancers

Liezl Vermeulen (impact producer) | Enver Samuel (director) - Why Dulcie?

Click here to learn more about the shortlisted producers and their films.


All shortlisted candidates will receive:
• intensive feedback from the panel on the pitch day
• consideration for screening by Sunshine Cinema at one or more location
including Alice (Eastern Cape), QwaQwa (Free State), Lebowkgomo,
(Limpopo), Kitwe (Copper Belt, Zambia)
• a consultation with Liani Maasdorp (documentary film lecturer, UCT

Two of them will be selected as Grant winners and will receive the following package:
• 2 intensive consultations with award winning impact producer Anita
Khanna (Miners Shot Down, Everything Must Fall)
• R6000 seed funding
• an invitation to screen your film at DocLove (supported by the
Documentary Filmmakers’ Association) & marketing of the event through
the DFA, UCT and Encounters networks
• an invitation to screen the film on UCT campus, academic screening fee
& marketing of the event through the UCT and Encounters networks

The panel:
Musa Gwebani is an activist and co-head of programmes at the Social
Justice Coalition (SJC).

Dr Liani Maasdorp is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Film & Media
Studies, University of Cape Town, convener of the MA: Documentary Arts and
producer of Strike a Rock (IDFA, Sheffield DocFest, Encounters, DIFF).

Miki Redelinghuys is an award winning documentary filmmaker who
believes in the power of film for change. Her recent film, This Land, screened
across South Africa as part of the national dialogue on land rights and structural
inequality. She is currently studying towards a Masters in Documentary Arts at
UCT with Impact as a focus. She is a founding member of the DFA and director
of Plexus Films.

Supporters include CFMS, Bertha Foundation, Fox Foundation, Encounters, Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA) and Sunshine Cinema.