Home > News > Current


Current news articles for UCT TV Studio.

UCT CFMS Student Film Selected for the Lift-off Sessions Film Festival
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 - 12:00


IINYAWO ZINODAKA: MUDDIED FEET has been selected as part of the lift-off sessions film festival. The film was part of the ScreenCubator 2019 programme. The programme 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. Written and directed by Simamkele Mchako and produced by Sesethu Myoyo the short film deals with the aftermaths of trauma. This film follows Lisa, a young, black and queer woman haunted by her painful past.

AFIFF UCT Impact Sessions: 4 and 5 November 2020
Mon, 02 Nov 2020 - 08:15

The University of Cape Town’s Centre for Film and Media Studies(CFMS) will be hosting four sessions on documentary impact producing at African Film For Impact Festival(AFFIF)  this year on  the Zoom platform. The sessions will be offered on the first two mornings of the festival, 4 and 5 November.

The AFIFF webinars form the culmination of UCT’s ‘Impact Series’, offered at virtual film festivals and markets this year. The first, at Encounters South African International Film Festival highlighted the alternative distribution strategies devised by the For Sama team. The second comprised three panel discussions at the Durban Filmmart. 

Encounters, UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies and ScreenCubator present : IN CONVERSATION: DISTRIBUTION NOW
Tue, 25 Aug 2020 - 09:45

Encounters, UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies and ScreenCubator present : IN CONVERSATION: DISTRIBUTION NOW “Creative flexibility in pandemic times” with the Marketing, Distribution and Impact Producers behind the Oscar nominated film FOR SAMA.Since lockdown distributors and impact producers around the world have had to re-imagine access to audiences. On the commercial distribution side challenges include compensating for loss of income due to cinema closure, navigating prestigious awards entries with no cinematic release and deciding which online platforms to stream the film on.

The 22nd edition of @EncountersDoc goes ONLINE this year from 20-30 August!
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 - 12:00

The 22nd edition of @EncountersDoc goes ONLINE this year from 20-30 August! Watch exciting film premieres, Q&As and participate in industry events for FREE!  #EncountersDoc! Encounters cements its place as Africa’s leading documentary festival as it celebrates its 22nd year by making most of the films free-of-charge to view on virtual platforms, but will also screen at selected cinema venues in Johannesburg and Cape Town from 20 -30 August.

2020 Encounters Film Festival Invitation to UCT TV Screencubator Incubatees & Stepping Stone Alumni
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 - 11:00

Are you ready to take the next step in your development and journey as a filmmaker engaging with other filmmakers worldwide? In an effort to provide continued support to emerging filmmakers, UCT’s Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) through Stepping Stone’s incubator initiative - ScreenCubator is offering internet-data support to 10 selected incubatees and Stepping Stone alumni to attend and participate in the 2020 Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Selected candidates will be provided with sufficient internet data to, attend at least 3 festival film screenings online, attend and participate in at least 2 panel discussions/industry sessions online, access information and opportunities to engage with local and international filmmakers, and more.

UCT TV will be hosting a BBC Africa Workshop on Solutions Journalism
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 - 09:00

UCT TV will be hosting a BBC Africa Workshop session on Solutions Journalism on Wednesday the 26th of February between 12h00 to 14h00. The workshop will  feature 2019 BBC Komla Dumor Award recipient, Ugandan journalist Solomon Serwanjja. BBC World Service Group Head of Editorial Partnerships and Special Projects, Emily Kasriel, will be facilitating the Solutions Journalism part of the session. Former BBC Africa Bureau Head Milton Nkosi will chair the session. 

UCT Television Studio will be hosting a special Masterclass: The Pitch SA!
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 - 12:30

UCT Television Studio will be hosting  a special masterclass: The Pitch SA! The masterclass will be on the 26th of February 2020 between 13h00 and 14h00 in Beattie  Building Lecture Theatre 115, UCT Upper Campus. Luke Walton, a UK-based film producer as well as Mark Blaney and Jackie Sheppard, SA producers - Footprint Films, are  invited as guest speakers to talk about this great competition! The Pitch SA is a unique opportunity for one winner to make a short film with professional production support worth in excess of R300 000.

CFMS Students’ Films have been Nominated in the Best Student Film Category for the Upcoming SAFTAs!
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 - 09:30

UCT’s Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) is excited to announce that two of its students’ graduate films have been nominated in the Best Student Film category for the upcoming SAFTAs!  The UCT films nominated are Tidal a 2018 – Honours documentary film and ANTHEM a 2019 – 3rd year SRP film. These nominations are coming after two CFMS graduate films, The Water Dancers (2017) and Finding Freedom (2016) won SAFTAS in 2019 and 2017 respectively. 

Stepping Stone Single-Camera 2019: Week Four
Wed, 18 Dec 2019 - 11:00

Participants have been given briefs to their client projects and began shooting filming on Monday.

One group is shooting a promotional video for Christine Mburu, a UCT post-grad student in The Departments of Computer Sciences’ ICT4D project. Christine developed an app called Preemie Mom Care, which is aimed at assisting mothers who have had premature infants. The app allows mothers who cannot attend to their children every day, to check on their baby’s vitals and receive daily updates from the neonatal unit’s nurses and doctors attending to their infants. The app also provides a platform for mothers to interact with and support each other. The group is mentored by Cian Small.

Stepping Stone Single-Camera 2019: Week Three
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 - 08:30

Stepping Stone week 3 was a fully packed week for the participants.

Monday the participants had a follow up edit workshop with training facilitator Maghide Fife from City Varsity, teaching them about basic sound mixing and colour correction which they applied working on their biographical film assignment.

Stepping Stone Single-Camera 2019: Week One
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 - 08:30

UCT TV is proud to announce that Stepping Stone Single-camera course is back! 

On Monday the 11th of November, UCT Television Studio and the Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS)  hosted the first day of the training module. Participants were welcomed by Dr. Liani Maasdorp, the studio’s academic director as well as the Stepping Stone learning co-ordinator, Thabo Bopape.  With a great group of participants, this year’s course is off to a great start! The participants were introduced to documentary (single-camera production). In the afternoon, Francois Botha talked about group dynamics & diversity training. The participants were introduced to documentary and single- camera filmmaking. 

We Are Looking for Mentors for Short Film Course!
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 - 12:30

UCT Television Studio and  Stepping Stone are presenting a unique non-fiction filmmaking course during the November/December year-end break. We are looking for individuals who are experienced in all areas of production to “mentor” the trainees throughout the process. Your role will be primarily assisting and aiding the flow of pre-production, production, post-production as the trainees will be receiving extensive training in the form of workshops throughout the duration of the course.