Round Two for CFMS and UCT TV's African Filmmaking Fellowship

7 Nov 2017 - 09:00


The Centre for Film and Media Studies and UCT TV, with generous support from the Bosch Stiftung, are thrilled to be able to host a second round of the African Filmmaking Fellowship (AFF) in 2017. Invitations were sent to universities across Africa and the response was overwhelming. Over thirty applications were received from which twelve fellows, six faculty members and six postgraduate students, were selected. They come from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Namibia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria and represent Addis Ababa University, National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe), Egerton University, University of Nairobi, National University of Science and Technology (Namibia), Kampala University and Pan-Atlantic University (Lagos).


The AFF is a seven week programme designed to arm participants with the skills and knowledge required to produce short documentary films and share that knowledge with others. During the first five weeks fellows are put through an intensive practical programme, Stepping Stone, in which they learn camerawork, editing, sound recording, producing, directing and interviewing skills. This is followed by a one week facilitator training programme that covers the skills and resources fellows need to start new Stepping Stone-inspired programmes at their home universities, modified as they see fit to suite their own contexts. The final week includes short modules on mobile phone journalism and podcasting and the programme culminates in a screening of participants’ short documentaries and a certificate ceremony.


Part of the vision behind the AFF is to establish a network of documentary film academics and practitioners across African universities, providing opportunities for fellows to collaborate on research and production. Five already hold Masters degrees, while six are currently studying towards their Masters and one towards their PhD. The fellows' research focus areas are diverse and include, among others, media and politics; women and media; broadcast news and programming; radio documentary production; social media and journalism practice; cinematographic  techniques; audience perception of Nollywood history-based movies as a means of history education and mobile video consumption habits of youths in Lagos.
For more information about AFF or Stepping Stone, please visit the UCT TV website, check out their work on YouTube, like their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter at ‎@UCTTV.