The DFA was established in 2007 to promote and protect the interests of doc filmmakers in South Africa. To contact the DFA, please use the contact form: here . The DFA website is at: Membership applications can be made through the website here.

21 January 2010

Four-Week Documentary Workshop - Cape Town, South Africa

Start Date: July 18th, 2010

Take a workshop with Barefoot and make a difference in the world by using your knowledge together with HDV technology. Create skills that will allow you to continue making positive change anywhere and everywhere.

This class is structured for individuals who are interested in mixing travel, social activism, and HDV documentary filmmaking into one amazing month in Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop is set up for the adventurers who feel the pull to use their skills to contribute to a grassroots non-profit organization (NGO) in sub-Saharan Africa. Subject matter is not limited to NGO stories. Cape Town is rich with stories that have not been told.

Possible topics: Environment, cuisine, HIV/AIDS, music, agriculture, orphans, building sustainable communities and civil rights.

Students should have some experience with video and editing. If you are interested in the workshop and have never worked with video, please just write and let us know.

This 4-week workshop is designed for new documentary filmmakers who want to launch their careers in film and television documentaries or for those with experience in some aspects of filmmaking that are looking to expand their skill, understanding and mastery of the whole process. Producers, cinematographers, editors and writers with narrative experience who are considering working in non-fiction filmmaking are also encouraged to enroll. This workshop is ideal for working professionals who want to develop important skills, which will allow them to work with other filmmakers.

Students will learn all aspects of the process including the importance of the still image, HDV camera, compact lighting methods, field sound, field editing and how to weave the story. To view an extended version of the course description, visit our website at
This is one of many workshops that Barefoot will be running in 2009. In addition to the Cape Town, South Africa, check out our website to learn more about our other workshops and how you can participate.

Tuition: $4,200.00 (includes tuition, housing and food)

Instructors: Chandler Griffin, Alison Fast and Teddy Symes.

Past Equipment Sponsors: Apple, Canon, Tekserve, B&H, Bogen, Gitzo, Kata, Tiffen, Sennheiser, Glyph, G-Tech, Litepanels, Anton Bauer, Lowel, D&M Professional

Barefoot Workshops is a New York City-based not-for-profit 501(c)3, founded by Chandler Griffin in 2004, that offers short, intensive workshops around the world in narrative and documentary filmmaking. We assist organizations and individuals to use media, music and the arts, to accelerate progress and program goals in areas such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, conflict resolution, resettlement, youth empowerment, civil rights, and democracy building. We have worked with partners as diverse as UNESCO, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, The U.S. State Department and The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), to pioneer new formats and "media templates" that reinforce citizen-led, community-owned solutions to these challenges.

The main goal of Barefoot Workshops is to equip students with the knowledge and confidence to use sophisticated equipment while having a foundation that allows a person to create beautiful images regardless of the tools. At Barefoot, growing and learning as a filmmaker means growing and learning as an individual.

Source - UK Documentary Network

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