Film students in Cape Town are about to reel in the awards.
The UCT Film Society is launching its Golden Pigeon Awards and festival this year, a collaboration with AFDA (the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance), the Cape Town International Film School (CTIFS) and City Varsity.
The primary aim of the Golden Pigeon Awards - the name is a student quirk, says chair Thembisa Cochrane - is to create an opportunity for students to showcase their films to each other and build a network that will benefit the fledgling South African industry. "The Golden Pigeon Award committee believes it is important to build a structure for students to show their films to local audiences and each other," says Cochrane. "We also believe this festival will attract young people from all fields, hopefully creating a sense of fun and enthusiasm for independent films."
The entire event is run by students and financed by a combination of sponsors and Film Society funds.
The film festival will take place on October 15 and 16 at the Labia on Orange (African Screen) and is open to anyone interested in the craft and minds of the country's young filmmakers. Tickets cost R10 and will be available at the Labia a week before the screenings.
There will be two programmes, comprising public-service announcements, music videos and fictional films (under 30 minutes) from all four schools. The awards ceremony will be held on October 16, although attendance is by invitation only.
The judging panel for the awards includes Professor Lesley Marx (director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at UCT), a senior lecturer from City Varsity, Jared Borkum of CTIFS and Gerda Dullaart from AFDA Cape Town. Balancing these four are documentary filmmaker Lindy Wilson, playwright Guy Willoughby and Nico Dekker from Table Mountain Motion Picture Studios.
Several production companies have chipped in with prizes.
Monday Paper has wangled an invitation to the awards evening, and will keep the UCT community in the loop.
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