Enterprises UP involved in Gauteng township film academy

Posted on July 24, 2018

The much anticipated Leaders in Motion Academy was launched by the Thato Molamu Foundation, in partnership with Gateway Media and the South African Creative Industries Incubator recently in Eersterust. Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP), which is involved in the academy by presenting an entrepreneurship course to the young film makers who will enrol in the academy, was invited to the launch function.

The brainchild of Mr Molamu, the famed South African actor and entrepreneur, the academy aims to train creative and passionate young film makers between the ages of 18 and 35 as the first-ever township film academy in Gauteng. The academy will specifically benefit young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds within the Tshwane municipality, Hammanskraal, Soshanguve and other surrounding areas. From these areas, selected individuals will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain valuable work experience through a well-crafted and fully funded 12-month programme.

“We want to curb township social ills by giving talented young film entrepreneurs with creative minds the skills, resources and funding they need to succeed. My reason for partnering with the South African Creative Incubator is that I simply love the idea of creating the township film economy,” Mr Molamu said.

“It creates opportunities for youth to tell their own stories, create their own content, and become sustainable businesses. Young people need access and a support system, and our goal and belief at [the academy] is normalising access,” he said.

During the course of the programme, selected film makers will receive tuition in film and video production theory, as well as practical instruction on productions, with access to industry professionals. They will also be exposed to on-set environments and shoots via the academy’s industry partnerships. The business side of film will be emphasised through focused entrepreneurship modules that are taught throughout the programme by Enterprises UP and they will receive a certificate from the University of Pretoria upon completion. The film and video part of the training is also Sector Education Training Authority (SETA)-accredited.

The academy is branded as proudly being designed for the township by the township, and also makes a point of accommodating capable film makers who might be physically challenged. “It’s a people-based initiative. We need to see the work that you have done, we need to see that you have committed to do something,” Mr Molamu explained, seeking a solution to empower young people with skills so they can drive their own economic progress.

The first intake of 100 young film makers will commence in September 2018 and there will be a number of selection phases over the next few months.

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