To boost the confidence and improve the skills of lensmen, a Khayelitsha film maker and music video director is hosting a Festival of Learning. Mpendulo Mabindisa’s workshop is where he and business partner, established Hip Hop music journalist Sabelo Mkhabela empowers upcoming photographers, film makers and media practitioners. This will be the second edition of this festival to be staged on Saturday at the Unknown Union Store in the Cape Town CBD, at the Corner of Loop and Bloem Streets. Mabindisi has made a name for himself shooting videos and has worked with rap stars Reason and Da Les. Working in between Jo’burg and Cape Town, Mabindisa said he has noted that local lensmen faced huge obstacles.“Because of conditions a lot of these guys have ideas but they do not believe that they can be successful. They don’t have the mentality and belief that what they do can be successful so we are hosting these sessions so they can speak to people like us who are already doing it. “We by no means claim to have made it, but are working and making in-roads so these sessions are for them to see that they should just do it,” he said. Mabindisa said that his move to Johannesburg was an eye opener in terms of young people with media ambitions. “There there are so many media companies, people starting their own things and they are working. They go out and do the work. “Here in Cape Town we doubt ourselves so much and also don’t know where to go or who to approach. “I had that problem too and I only started meeting relevant people when I went to a tertiary institutions Some people don’t have the money to go varsity,” he said. The second edition will focus on photography with guest speakers, a Q & A session and exhibitions with the likes of Andy Mkosi, Bulumko Gana, Sibongile Mditshwa, Luvuyo Wogqoyi and Sithembele Junior. “We called these guys in to talk and give insights on how everything works. Andy Mkosi is well known photographer who has shot for big organisations, while Luvuyo had an option for either a life of crime or picking up the camera and today he is working and he loves photography. “We also want to show that they don’t have to work for an organisation and work for themselves with Sithembele who is running his own studio,” he said. He said that the reception for the event has been more than they anticipated having reserved seats for 60 people but now more than 100 people have shown interest.For more information on the festival of learning email firstname.lastname@example.org.