CALLING SOUTH AFRICA’S EMERGING FILMMAKERS – INNOVATEZA VIDEO LAB
Africa Centre, Cape Town, South Africa 27 Nov 2013 - 16 Dec 2013
The Africa Centre provides a platform for exploring contemporary Pan-African cultural practice as a catalyst for social change. Based in Cape Town, but working globally, one of the Africa Centre’s core projects is Talking Heads.
Talking Heads was created to disrupt the common narratives about Africa as a place of disease, poverty, and corruption. Talking Heads through live events, audio and video casts brings Africa’s thought leaders, social disruptors and change makers to the public to share their ideas and experiences and demand we think differently about who and what it means to be African.
Recognising that video is a powerful tool to realise its goals, Taking Heads has chosen to enhance its video production methodology and embark on a six-month long project called Innovate ZA: VideoLab (January 2014 – June 2014). This project intends to contribute to the development of local emerging filmmakers in South Africa. Through experiential skills development and guidance by established industry professionals, emerging filmmakers will consolidate and expand their skills in concept development, script writing, cinematography, animation, sound/camera use and editing.
Six emerging filmmakers (20 – 35 years old) in Cape and Johannesburg will be selected to participate in the Video Lab. They will be paired with established filmmakers who will provide strong oversight and direction in research, script development, pitching ideas, cinematography and editing to assist each emerging filmmaker collaboratively to produce one/two short videos of 3-4 minutes in a 3-5 month period. Each film will be centred on big, original innovations developed by a South African. Ideas must have global relevance and the potential to scale and impact a large number of people.
The Africa Centre invites submissions from all emerging South African filmmakers from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.