Youth can learn about basics of film-making

Former graduates of the Youth With A Mission film making schools.                          Photo:SUPPLIED
Former graduates of the Youth With A Mission film making schools. Photo:SUPPLIED

YOUNG people interested in a career in the film industry can look forward to the next Basics of Film Making School (BFMS) in April.

Facilitated by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Port Elizabeth, the BFMS, as well as the Advanced Film Making School (AFMS), aims to reach out to youth in communities such as Helenvale, KwaZakhele, New Brighton and Motherwell to give them experience and knowledge in the film and media industry.

YWAM is an international volunteer movement of Christians that was launched in 1960 to give young people opportunities to demonstrate the love of God to the whole world.

Last year, ten students from the Helenvale community got the opportunity to participate in the film school course.

The BFMS will take place in April at their facilities in Humewood, before they are admitted to the AFMS, a six-month course that will take place from July 3 to December 16.

The students live on the film schools’ premises while they are attending the courses.

The AFMS focuses more on the business, theory, technical and practical aspects of the film industry. This includes topics such as production, cinematography, directing and editing.

“We also focus on the development of healthy personal and professional values through sessions that look at identity, vision, leadership and forgiveness. We believe that a holistic approach is the best way to reach our youth in troubled communities,” said Pholile Maneli, YWAM PE’s Media Director and a pioneer of the BSMA and AFMS.

The eventual dream for the film schools, in particular the AFMS, is to travel both locally and internationally to give the students a wider perspective of the media industry at large.

The students that form part of the programme are usually part of a group or organisation that can assist the film schools in championing them. Their ages range from 18 to late twenties.

“Before each course we work with leaders in the communities to find children that can come for an interview with us. From there we are able to assess who can take part,” Maneli said.

Though there is a fee for attending the film schools, the organisers usually make an effort to raise funds on behalf of students that come from communities in crisis, such as Helenvale.

For their fundraising efforts to be successful, they require the help of the Port Elizabeth community. In addition to financial needs, they also need the necessary equipment to run the different film schools.

Anyone that would like to assist them in their fundraising initiative can contact Pholile Maneli on 079 955 9843 or visit their website at

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