School film screening

Masiphumelele principal Nelson Mafrica and school secretary Nomonde Gaji are proud of their schools 18.7% pass rate increase.

School pupils who have scripted and shot their own films will screen them in Fish Hoek this Saturday.

The screenings at the Fish Hoek civic centre, from 6pm, represent months of hard work by the pupils as they prepared for the first Inter-School
Film Festival competition launched by the Forward Fund Academy last year (“Opportunities for youngsters interested in film,” Echo, June 28, 2018)

Cape Peninsula schools were invited to submit film scripts inspired by the themes of “I am enough” and “One in a hundred”.

Five local schools had pupils whose film scripts were chosen: Sarah Mitchell, of Fish Hoek High, with The One; Milani Mdlele, of Masiphumelele High, with I am Enough (working title); Prince Museka, of Ocean View High, with The Innocent Shot; Talon Adams, of Simon’s Town School, with Talent & Skill, and Ayabonga Ntoba of Sinako High in Khayelitsha, with Trouble in Paradise.

Once the film scripts were chosen by Bryony Roughton, owner of SAY Media Education, the pupils attended a screenwriting workshop and chose their production team.

The teams attended a training day in August to prepare them for the casting
and pre-production of their films.

Ms Roughton ran this project for eight years in the Eastern Cape before bringing it to the far south when she moved to Fish Hoek.

Previous films made in schools by pupils can be viewed on the SAYmeTV YouTube channel.

“For many, this was the first introduction to film-making,” Ms Roughton said.

Filming started at the end of September last year. Each film was shot in a single day at the pupils’ schools.

The top films will be submitted to youth film festivals around the world, offering audiences a glimpse into life as a pupil in South Africa.

Meanwhile, four film students from the Forward Fund Academy have had their scripts chosen for production within the festival.

These student films will be completed after the school films, and students are inviting the public to audition for roles in their films.

To learn more about the student film auditions and what roles are up for grabs, email

Tickets for the movie screenings this Saturday are R20. To book, SMS or WhatsApp 084 627 9669.