Film and media project cultivates new talent

31 Jul 2014 - 17:30

The Centre for Film and Media Studies hosted a screening on 1 August of short promo videos made by participants during an intensive five week outreach video training programme, Stepping Stone run at the UCT TV Studio during the mid year vac. This is the fourth cycle of an initiative that provides foundation video training to local disadvantaged youth.

The Stepping Stone project was established thanks to the vision and commitment of University of Cape Town Centre for Film and Media Studies staff members, environmental filmmaker and respected freelance teacher Hein Ungerer and seed funding from The Percy Fox Foundation. The project has been growing since the end of 2012, and this year sees three rounds being run from the UCT TV Studio, two single camera courses and one multi-camera course. 

This is an innovative skills development project that aims to transfer knowledge to a much broader pool of aspiring film makers, participants who would otherwise remain outside of conventional higher education. Dr. Liani Maasdorp, the director of the programme, says: “Stepping Stone has been structured in a way that creates opportunities for creative collaboration and social interactions between between UCT and non-UCT communities”. The goals are to develop talent through creating educational opportunities and to create new and innovative video content.

On Friday 1 August (at 1pm), the five films made by participants during the short five week programme were screened. One of them is a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the course. The purpose of the screening is to celebrate the participants hard work, showcase the UCT social responsiveness projects featured in the videos and to give each participant a certificate of completion. For additional information on the UCT Stepping Stone project, email Dr Liani Maasdorp