Second Filmit Festival launched for 2022

Zia Geldenhuys, from Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof, was the overall winner for her production, Theatre Kid.

After a successful first year in 2021, Paul Roos Gymnasium is excited to announce the bigger, better and more creative 2022, Filmit Festival.

Filmit is a short film-making competition for high schools and will according to the school, be bigger, better and more creative this year.

The Filmit team announced new categories and the opportunity for high school pupils from neighbouring countries to participate in this year’s festival.

High school pupils from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Eswatini and Lesotho can now enter short films, documentaries, music videos, animation projects and other outside-the-box film ideas to be considered as finalists of the second Filmit Festival.

All interested pupils and their teachers are invited to subscribe to the Filmit Festival’s Youtube Channel where short video clips by South African Industry experts can be watched.

Tips on producing, directing, screenwriting and additional educational videos will be uploaded on the channel during the course of the month to keep pupils inspired and help them develop and complete their film pitches.

Mentorship forms an important component of the Filmit initiative. The winners of 2021 had the opportunity to enjoy one-on-one mentorship experiences with industry specialists in their area of interest.

Overall winner, Zia Geldenhuys, received mentorship from Gambit Films, Infinity Films, screenwriter, director and actress Quanita Adams, and editor Eva du Preez. She was joined by Francois Louw (Stellenbosch) and Robin Pheiffer (Cape Town) for an exciting site visit at Gravitron – a special effects production company in Cape Town.

Two aspiring musicians, Christiaan Heydenrych (Stellenbosch) and Hope Dliso (Worcester), had one-on-one Zoom sessions with film music composer, Braam du Toit.

All film pitches – whether pupils enter a short film, short documentary, a music video, an animation or something outside-the-box – need to be submitted by Tuesday April 5, at 8pm.

All entries have to be submitted via the Filmit Festival Google Form, which can be found on the festival webpage.

Information on how the festival works, what the new rules are, and what the different prize categories are, is available at, www.paulroos.co.za/filmit.

For any further questions or enquiries, participants can send emails to filmit@paulroos.co.za

The Filmit team representatives are, from left, Wilmer Muller, Suidooster TV; Luize Kroukamp; Karien Winter; Jan-hendrik Opperman; Deon Lotz, renowned actor; Natasha van der Merwe, Suidooster actress and presenter. In the front, from left, are Dean Smith, Suidooster actor and presenter; and Luna Paige.
Jaeden Beukes, from Worcester Gymnasium, received the award for Best Director for his work on, Conflict: A Journey to Passion. He was invited for a meet-and-greet with CEO, Bradley Joshua from Gambit Films. From left, are Simon Beesley, Gambit co-founder; Jaeden Beukes; and Bradley Joshua.