Short&Sweet and Springfield Convent High School have joined forces and are proud to present the SA Teen Film Fest, the first annual short film competition of its kind in South Africa. I think it’s super important to focus our efforts towards developing our teenagers in art forms like film in order to make sure we can enjoy home made full length features that aren’t necessarily a Leon Shuster mover. The launch event will take place at Springfield Convent High School in Wynberg, Cape Town on the 24 June 2015. Being open to high school students across the nation, the SA Teen Film Fest aims to inspire the filmmakers of tomorrow by encouraging creative thought now.
The story is that the SA Teen Film Fest began as an internal short film competition at Springfield in 2010. Learners in Grade 10 were required to produce a two minute short film that interpreted a published poem and three years on, Bronwyn Wylie and Nicolette Going, the good souls that they are, invited learners from other high schools to participate as well. The inter-schools competition, then called Focus Festival, ran for two years.
Now, the SA Teen Film Fest is a partnership between Short&Sweet and Springfield, working together towards an all-inclusive, national-level participatory event. There are three categories for students to enter into:
Poetry Film – Grade 10;
Public Service Announcement – Grade 11;
Open – Grade 8 – Matric
A team of up to six learners can enter a short film.
Submissions close 2 September 2015 and short films can be submitted online or physically to Springfield Convent. Entry is free and open to all high school students. The awards evening will take place on the 23 September and prizes will be awarded to learners who stand out in various categories as well as the top short films in each category.
Visit www.teenfilmfest.co.za for more information and updates.