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Johannesburg, South Africa –  In the build-up to the fifth annual Joburg Film Festival, taking place from 31 January – 5 February 2023, the festival, in partnership with Multichoice and the Gauteng Film Commission is excited to announce the start of the JFF Youth and Audience Development programme that will see workshops taking place across Gauteng from October 2022. In line with prioritising growth and development for young upcoming African filmmakers, the JFF Youth and Audience Programme will conduct a series of skills development and empowerment workshops for these creatives. The programme creates strong links between young people and the film, TV and new digital media and content industries and allows participants to discover the powerful impact of collaborative filmmaking. It also gives them various business and career opportunities in the film and tv content value chain whilst providing capacity building opportunities and creating new jobs for youth in and from our communities.  Furthermore, it provides access to meaningful training, mentorship and internship opportunities that will not only focus on the creative side of film and content production, but also on the business of how to monetize their ideas and content. Aimed at youth between the ages of 18 and 35 who are students or young and aspirant film makers from previously disadvantaged communities, the programme workshops cover a myriad of topics including directing, performance, story & conceptualisation, production, editing and animation just to name a few. Registration is now open for the programme that will commence with a 2 day filmmaking workshop, as well as a 2 day acting workshop on 8 & 9 October in Sedibeng, followed by the West Rand on 22 & 23 October, Ekurhuleni on 5 & 6 November, and Tshwane on 26 & 27 November, with the Johannesburg regional session taking place in January 2023.  Participants are required to reside in the township/city hosting the event and have a valid Matric Certificate. Anyone between 18 – 35  is eligible to register to attend for free: https://joburgfilmfestival.co.za/youngvoices     All registered young filmmakers can also participate in the exciting new Young Voices Short Film Competition themed,  “WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT YOUR  TOWNSHIP?”.  Three winners will be selected from across the five regions and will receive  a range of prizes with one selected filmmaker receiving a scholarship and other valuable prizes. Details on how to submit your film and eligibility requirements can be found on the JFF website. 
The workshop details are as follows:

Sedibeng Edition
Dates: 08 – 09 October 2022
Venue: Chris Hani Sports Complex, Orange Farm, Johannesburg, 1841
Time: 10am – 5pm

Westrand Edition
Dates: 22 – 23 October 2022
Venue: Gauteng Archive Centre Kagiso, Krugersdorp, 1754
Time: 10am – 5pm

Ekurhuleni  Edition
Dates: 05 – 06 November 2022
Venue: TBC
Time: 10am – 5pm

The Youth and Audience Programme is as follows:

DAY 1 ·   Acting Workshop·   Story and Conceptualisation Workshop·   Pitching and Proposals Workshop DAY 2·    Acting Workshop II·    Director’s Master Class·    Content Creators Master Classo   Cinematographero   Art Directoro   Music Scoringo   Animationo   Producers Additional information and registration can be done online viahttps://joburgfilmfestival.co.za/youngvoices

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