Walter Sisulu University Students screening their films today
WSU final year filmmakers will compete against each other yet again for first prize at this year’s annual documentary screenings on Wednesday 17 June.
WSU broadcasting lecturer, Sharon Cumming said the films produced by the students reflect an array of social and domestic issues with relevance to the Eastern Cape and the international audience.
“The criterion used was for the documentaries to be relevant to society. We also looked at the logistics involved with the production as well as television appeal,” she said.
In its 6th year running, the difference this year is that the documentaries will be 24 minutes long as opposed to previous years’ 12 minutes.
“Increasing the film lengths makes them more suitable for television broadcast” said Cumming.
The documentary premiere is the only one of its kind for young local filmmakers in the Eastern Cape.
For the selection of the films the students had to pitch ideas to a panel of expert judges from local organisations and media experts.
“In a period of four months in their third year, the students had to research, put the script together and shoot the documentary,” Cumming added.
On the panel of judges sat department of arts and culture project manager, Nomaswazi Mtshibe; WSU Marketing, Communication and Advancement senior director, Angela Church; media veteran Jeff Moloi and WSU photojournalism lecturer Mark Fredericks.
The documentary premiere proceedings are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 17th June 2015
Venue: Miriam Makeba Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre, East London
Umkhondo “The Direction”;
I Want To Tell My Story;
Gogo, My Mother;
Lucky Number 7;
Make Or Break;
R5 for students and
R10 for non-students.
Available at the door.
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