Filmit 22

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The Filmit Festival Shop Talk Sessions were hosted by Paul Roos Gymnasium over four consecutive Saturdays between 28 May and 18 June 2022. These sessions were recorded and filmed and are uploaded onto the Filmit Festival YouTube Channel. All 2022 finalists and other interested young filmmakers have free access to the sessions. Thank you to Stellenbosch Academy of Photography and Design, The Animation School, Orms Direct and Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch for supporting the Filmit Shop Talk Sessions ’22. Another thank you to Filmit’s TV partner, Suidooster.

View the Shop Talk Sessions 1- 13 below

Next steps? 

  • Watch Shop Talk Sessions 1-13
  • Refine your script with your team
  • Refine your production plan with your team
  • Produce your film project / start shooting
  • Post-production on your film project / editing & sound
  • SUBMIT your final project
  • DEADLINE: 16 September ’22

Read more about 2022’s Shop Talk industry specialists below

Shop Talk Sessions Industry Specialists 18 June 2022
Shop Talk Sessions Industry Specialists 11 June 22
Shop Talk Sessions Industry Specialists 4 June 2022 (N)
Industry Specialists _ Shop Talk Sessions _ 28 May 22

The Filmit Festival Team is happy to announce the finalists of the 2nd annual Filmit Festival. The finalists for 2022 (in no particular order) are:

Category: Animation*

  1. By Waaihoek, Garsfontein High School, Pretoria

Category: Other*

  1. The antithesis, Dainfern College, Johannesburg

*We only received 1 entry in each of these categories. Our panel of judges will decide how to judge these two entries and communicate the evaluation process when the time is right. In the meantime, thank you and congratulations to the brave learners who are making waves as the first entrants in these brand new Filmit categories. We look forward to seeing these categories grow.

Category: Music Videos

  1. I wish I never, Jan van Riebeeck High School, Cape Town
  2. Hold on, Groote Schuur High School, Cape Town
  3. Together as one, Worcester Gymnasium, Worcester
  4. Endless Sunset, Stellenberg High School, Bellville
  5. I love me, Hermanus High School, Hermanus
  6. Love at first sight, Kylemore High School, Kylemore
  7. Milky Way, Reddam House. Please indicate in which city you are situated.
  8. Colours to the Afterlife, Waterkloof High School, Pretoria

Category: Documentaries

  1. Karen Kronicles, Potchefstroom Girls’ High, Potchefstroom
  2. Action is the foundational key to success, Fairmont High School, Durbanville
  3. Can you hear them, Hermanus High School, Hermanus
  4. Awé: An insight into SA slang, Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch
  5. Seeing Hope, Worcester Gymnasium, Worcester
  6. The Classroom, Paarl Boys’ High, Paarl

Category: Short Films

We received 45 film pitches in the short film category. As in 2021, we can only select 20 finalists in this category. Thank you to every creative team for submitting your wonderful ideas.

The 20 finalists in the Short Film Category are:

  1. Ruling Red, Paarl Girls’ High, Paarl
  2. 1 am, Stellenberg High School, Bellville
  3. I am Cowboy, Paarl Boys’ High, Paarl
  4. Writing on my wrist, Bloemhof Girls’ High, Stellenbosch
  5. Peculiar Boy, Curro Durbanville, Durbanville
  6. Descent, Dainfern College, Johannesburg
  7. Farm market, Charlie Hofmeyr, Ceres
  8. The Giallo Donut Case, Pearson High, Gqeberha
  9. Hit and Mis, Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch
  10. The Husband Stitch, Potchefstroom Girls’ High, Potchefstroom
  11. Mej Kalahari, Kalahari High School, Kuruman
  12. The repetition we follow, Durban High School, Durban
  13. The importance of how you wake up, Home schooled learner, Ceres
  14. Bro-nemies, Watershed College, Marondera, Zimbabwe
  15. Able, Windhoek High School, Windhoek, Namibia
  16. Spring Cleaning, International High School of Cape Town, Cape Town
  17. Burn, Jan van Riebeeck High, Cape Town
  18. Stalker, Rondebosch Boys’ High, Cape Town
  19. Stukkies, New Orleans Secondary School, Paarl
  20. Liyolatha, Alexander Road High School, Gqeberha

Congratulations to all of you! We received so many fantastic film pitches. We hope we see your revised entries next year. Please stay tuned to our YouTube channel. You will have free access to some fantastic learning opportunities which will help you pitch your next best idea to our team for 2023.

We will be launching our Shop Talk Sessions at the end of May. These sessions are open to all finalists to attend in person. It will be hosted in Stellenbosch at Paul Roos Gymnasium on four consecutive Saturdays (28 May, 4 June, 11 June and 18 June) between 09h00 and 16h00. Industry specialists have been invited to address all interested learners in an informal conversation and/or panel discussion regarding various topics of interest in the film making process. We will announce who our guests are and what their respective time slots will be by the end of next week 13 May. By then we will also announce the different conversation topics we will be covering at our Shop Talk Sessions and give you the opportunity to send your questions to be answered by our guest speaker(s).

The good news is that we will be filming and recording these sessions. They will be made available on our YouTube channel where those who are not able to be in Stellenbosch can watch and experience the Shop Talk Sessions at their own leisure. The links will be provided to all finalists as they are uploaded and published. Non-finalists are welcome to watch and learn from these Shop Talk Sessions too. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get regular updates on the free videos to help you improve your skills.

Remember to view our new mentorship video on our YouTube Channel today at 5pm – especially those of you with an interest in making music videos. Johan Nel (cinematographer, editor and director) gives 5 valuable tips on making music videos.

Thank you to our judges Richard Truter (BANG ON Films), Zandré Coetzer + Scharl van der Merwe (Nagvlug Films) and final judge Joshua Bradley (Gambit Films) for selecting the Filmit Festival 2022 finalists.

The Filmit Team
4 May 2022



All film pitches are now in the hands of Richard Truter (Bang On Films), Zandré Coetzer and Scharl van der Merwe (Nagvlug Films). Please see the official notice from the Filmit Festival Team regarding the new announcement date and things to look forward to on that day.

Postponement letter _ Filmit 2022


For those who are participating in the exciting Filmit Festival please note that the closing date for submissions has been extended to Monday 11 April 2022.

Learners can submit their film pitches by completing our Google Form.

Click here to enter: Google Form

Feel free to check out the welcoming video by Mr Jan-Hendrik Opperman (a Filmit team member and Head of Drama at Paul Roos Gymnasium).

Click here to see his video: A message from the Filmit team

The organisers  will be sharing a short video on animation during the course of the week. Do subscribe to the YouTube channel to gain access to free videos by industry specialists.

If you have any questions, please contact Luna Paige or Jan – Hendrik Opperman at or tel +27 (0) 82 859 2420


Filmit 2022 Announcement Letter _ February



Download the new rules for Filmit 2022 here:

Filmit 2022 _ Festival Rules

Thank you to d6  – our communication partner 


Filmit 2021 winners enjoy mentorship from top industry players

Logan Davids from Mitchell’s Plain High School won the Best Actress Award in 2021. She received mentorship from actress Nicole Fortuin in January 2022. As part of her award she will be making a guest appearance in TV soap opera ‘Suidooster’ during the course of the year. Watch this space.

Zia Geldenhuys (Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof) walked away with the award for Best Creativity on Set & Special Effects. She, and nominees Francois Louw (Paul Roos Gymnasium) and Robin Pheiffer (Fairmont High) were invited to visit Special Effects production house, Gravitron for a short course in special effects on 29 January 2022.

The Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof film making team who won the Best Film Award, had the opportunity to visit Gambit Films to receive mentorship on film and series development from producer Bradley Joshua. Zia Geldenhuys (middle) and Luchuané Hechter (right) will also pay a visit to one of Gambit Films’ sets during the March – April holidays. What a treat. Thank you to Gambit Films for creating these valuable learning experiences for the talented participants of Filmit.

Xavier Griqua from Kalahari High School won the award for Best Actor in 2021. As part of his prize he won two mentorship sessions with South African export actor Neil Sandilands. Neil tuned in all the way from New Zealand to spend some quality time and share valuable input with Xavier.

Jaeden Beukes impressed the 2021 Filmit Judges with his documentary “Conflict: a journey to passion”. Besides walking away with the Special Jury Award, Jeaden Beukes (Worcester Gymnasium) won the award for Best Director. He was invited to spend some time with owners and producers of Gambit Films at Atlantic Studios in Cape Town. He will also be invited to join them on set when they film their next series. What a fantastic opportunity!

Theatre and TV actress Antoinette Kellerman spent some time with a group of actresses from Mitchell’s Plain High School. These ladies walked away with the prize for Best Ensemble. Antoinette Kellerman spent two hours with these girls. The energy and excitement was palpable. These aspiring young actresses received valuable tips on ensemble acting and acting for the camera. What a privilege!

Zia Geldenhuys had a lovely Zoom session with screenwriter, director and actress Quanita Adams. The purpose of this session was to talk about screenwriting. Other learners who enjoyed online Zoom sessions were Hope Dliso and Christiaan Heydenrych – who both received mentorship from composer Braam du Toit. Videographer and movie maker Michael Lighton had a creative session with director of photography Fahema Hendricks. Actor Tristan Badenhorst had a great working session with veteran actor Deon Lotz. Riyago Maartens (from Curro Durbanville) will be visiting the Suidooster set and wardrobe department later in March whilst the winning actors and actresses will all be featured as extras in Suidooster. They will be filming in April 2022! How exciting! We will be sure to share some photos of this when the time comes.



Best Film: Zia Geldenhuys, Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof

Best Director: Jaeden Beukes, Conflict: A Journey to Passion, Worcester Gymnasium

Best Screenwriter: Zia Geldenhuys, Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof

Best Cinematography: Michael Lighton, Cascade, Rondebosch Boys’ High

Best Editor: Zia Geldenhuys, Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof

Best Special Effects and Creativity on Set: Zia Geldenhuys, Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof

Best Poster Design: Ian Lubbe, Duwweltjie, Paul Roos Gymnasium

Best Wardrobe: Riyago Maartens, A Magician Never Reveals His Secrets, Curro Durbanville

Best Original Sound: Hope Dliso, Conflict: a journey to passion, Worcester Gymnasium

Best Original Soundtrack: Christiaan Heydenrych: Duwweltjie, Paul Roos Gymnasium

Best Music Editor: Zia Geldenhuys, Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof

Best Actress: Logan Davids, Too bright to shine, Mitchell’s Plain High School

Best Supporting Actress: Isabella Cupido, A Magician Never Reveals His Secrets, Curro Durbanville

Best Actor: Xavier Griqua, Status Bewus, Kalahari High School

Best Supporting Actor: Tristan Badenhorst, The Gingerbread House, Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool

Beste Ensemble: Too bright to shine, Mitchell’s Plain High School

Special Jury Award: Conflict: a journey to passion, Worcester Gymnasium

View the full photo album on Facebook

For media enquiries: Luna Paige,

The first annual Filmit Awards Ceremony live from Atlantic Studios

Thursday 9 December

Grab some popcorn, invite your friends and family to join and experience a bit of the Filmit glamour with us.

How to tune in?

Live on Paul Roos Gymnasium’s YouTube channel

4pm sharp
Tune in at 15:45 to be sure you miss nothing!
We will be streaming behind-the-scenes interviews on our Instagram page from 17:20!
Follow us there and hear what the winners have to say.
We will be posting the Filmit 2022 dates on Monday the 13th of December right here.
But for now…sit back and enjoy…

The Filmit team is proud to announce the FILMIT 2021 NOMINEES

Three nominees in each category have been identified.

The winner will be announced at our gala event at Atlantic Studios in Cape Town on 9 December 2021. Congratulations to the following schools!


Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
Duwweltjie, Paul Roos Gimnasium
Status Bewus, Kalahari Hoërskool


Riyago Maartens, A magician never reveals his secrets, Curro Durbanville
Jaeden Beukes, Conflict: A Journey to Passion, Worcester High School
Bernard Robbins, Cascade, Rondebosch Boys’ High


Mia Erasmus, The Gingerbread House, Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool
Myasah Al-absi, What drove her to madness, Groote Schuur
Zia Geldenhuys, Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof


Pieter Wessels, Philip Ham & Joubert Vivier, Duwweltjie, Paul Roos Gimnasium
Michael Lighton, Cascade, Rondebosch Boys’ High
Zia Geldenhuys, Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof


Robin Pheiffer, Search, Fairmont High
Zia Geldenhuys, Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
Michael Lighton & Bernard Robbins, Cascade, Rondebosch Boys’ High


Duwweltjie, Paul Roos Gymnasium
Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
Search, Fairmont High


Conflict: A journey to passion, Worcester Gymnasium
Duwweltjie, Paul Roos Gymnasium
Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof


The Art of Colour, St George’s Diocesan College
Status Bewus, Kalahari High School
A magician never reveals his secrets, Curro Durbanville


The art of colour, St George’s Diocesan College
Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
Duwweltjie, Paul Roos Gymnasium


Myasah Al-absi, What drove her to madness, Groote Schuur High School
Logan Davids, Too bright to shine, Mitchell’s Plain High School
Luchuané Hechter, Theatre Kid, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof


Kgothatso Kgopa, The Gingerbread House, Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool
Xavier Griqua, Status Bewus, Kalahari High School
Roché Meyer, Duwweltjie, Paul Roos Gymnasium


Mia Erasmus, The Gingerbread House, Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool
Isabella Cupido, A magician never reveals his secrets, Curro Durbanville
Kalia Jordaan, Status Bewus, Kalahari High School


Mark Claassen, Toue en Kloue, Parkdene High School
Tristan Badenhorst, The Gingerbread House, Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool
Gihaan Steenkamp, Toue en Kloue, Parkdene High School


Status Bewus, Kalahari High School
Too bright to shine, Mitchell’s Plain High School
The Gingerbread House, Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool

Your judges were:

Bradley Joshua (Gambit Films), Louis Pretorius and Albert Snyman (Infinity Films), Zandré Coetzer and Scharl van der Merwe (Nagvlug Films), Braam du Toit (composer) and Annie’s Wardrobe.

SAVE THE DATE: 10 December 2021, 15:00 – 18:00


Thank you to our prize sponsors:


We are super excited to announce that nineteen of the twenty finalists completed their movies and successfully submitted it.

Thank you to all the schools for showing interest in Filmit and sharing your stories and passion for film making with the whole of South Africa.

All short films can now be viewed on the Paul Roos Gymnasium YouTube Channel.

Go and like your favourite movie(s) and show your support.

The public vote counts 10% of the overall judging process. Support your school like that!

The public can vote until 5pm on Friday the 5th of November.  Make it count!


The designer of the best film poster will win an online graphic design short course to the value of R16 500 at Red and Yellow Creative School of Business.

“Tell your story and FILMIT”  / “Vertel jou storie en FILMIT”

Filmit Film Competition for High Schools in South Africa and Namibia



Annie’s Wardrobe Rentals have been servicing the entertainment industry (which includes the film industry) for close to twenty years.  “From day one, Annie’s Wardrobe had a firm policy to be an accessible supplier and formal mentor to newcomers who have decided to enter the wonderful world of entertainment. It is a privilege and honour to contribute to the Filmit mentoring programme”, Ernst Seegers (Annie’s Wardrobe). According to Seegers – “over the almost twenty years Annie’s Wardrobe has been in business – many students have become key players in the industry, started their own companies and are now some of Annie’s Wardrobe’s most valued clients”. Investing in the youth is a worthwhile cause and contributes towards the growth of all sectors within the entertainment industry.

Thank you to the Seeger family who prepared feedback documents for the schools who made the effort to submit character and costume moodboards. The advice you gave is priceless and we are lucky to have you on board.



Congratulations to the following school groups for making it to the next round!

A magician never reveals its secrets by Curro Durbanville, South Africa

Behind the Surfboard by CBC St John’s, South Africa

Cascade by Rondebosch Boys’ High, South Africa

Conflict: A Journey to Passion by Worcester Gymnasium, South Africa

Duwweltjie by Paul Roos Gymnasium, South Africa

Gedagtes maak saak by Kalahari High School, South Africa

Interpreter Gone Wrong by Simon’s Town High School, South Africa

Search by Fairmont High School, South Africa

Theatre Kid by Bloemhof Girls’ High, South Africa

The Art of Colour by St Georges Diocesan School, Namibia

The Gingerbread Man by Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool, South Africa

The Key by Paarl Boys’ High, South Africa

Three shades of agony by Jan van Riebeeck High School, South Africa

 Too bright to shine by Mitchell’s Plain High School, South Africa

Toue en kloue by Parkdene High School, South Africa

Trigger on the beach by Charlie Hofmeyr High School, South Africa

U Yolo #happiness by Desmond Mpilo Tutu High School, South Africa

What do you stand for? by Table View High School, South Africa

What drove her to madness by Groote Schuur High School, South Africa

Zombie Blowout by Waterkloof High School, South Africa

Well done from the Filmit team!


Bradley Joshua – Gambit Films

During his time at Gambit Films, Bradley has produced over 1000 episodes of television, the latest being “Blood and Water” (now streaming on giant Netflix) and the much-loved South African daily drama series Suidooster. On the feature film side, he produced the critically acclaimed thriller i.e., Nommer 37 which had its World Premiere at SXSW and received North American distribution with theatrical releases in New York and LA. Bradley’s latest feature, an action film called Indemnity, is currently in post-production with release ear-marked for mid-2021.

Richard September – Suidooster

Richard September is a freelance actor based in Cape Town. He has received numerous awards and nominations for his contributions as a Solo and Supporting actor on the Afrikaans-speaking theatre circuit. He has made a few brief appearances on television but is currently most recognisable as Bennie in the Kyknet soapie, Suidooster, where he is also a trainee- director. Richard graduated from UCT with an Honours Degree in Theatre and Performance.

Moenier Hendricks – Homebrew Films

Moenier Hendricks is a content producer who also works as production manager at Homebrew Films. He has 16 years of experience in TV and production and has been a judge for the SAFTA awards for the last 9 years.

Marcel Spaumer – Suidooster

Marcel resides in Cape Town where he works as a story developer and assistant lead writer for the KykNET soapie Suidooster. In 2017 he obtained his master’s degree in Afrikaans and Netherlands at NWU. His research topic was on the theory and practice of writing an Afrikaans one-person drama. He is also the creator and writer of the popular sitcom-series Lui Maar Op, Belinda. The second season is bound to start soon. He made his debut as poet when his poetry was published in Nuwe Stemme 6 in 2017.


Competition Details

DOWNLOAD the Filmit Competition document here

DOWNLOAD the Filmit Competition Rules here

We had 70 entries.

What a great start to our first annual short film competition.

Please see our revised timeline and prize details below.


The Filmit team would like to welcome the following industry specialists on board. These professionals will act as judges and/or mentors.

Filmit welcomes the popular TV soap opera Suidooster. Actors Marco Spaumer, Dean Smith and Esther von Waltsleben, Jawaahier Petersen and Eden Classens will be mentoring all participating filmmaking teams. Actor Richard September and writer Marcel Spaumer will form part of the judging panel.

Film production companies Gambit Films, Infinity Films and Nagvlug Films all indicated their availability to act as judges and to share their skills and knowledge during the mentoring process.

Paul Roos Gimnasium se Filmit span is ook trots om aan te kondig dat Neil Sandilands, Deon Lotz, Erica Wessels en Jarrid Geduld as mentors vir wenners in die Beste Akteur / Aktrise en Beste Ondersteunende Akteur / Aktrise kategorieë gaan optree. Ons maak binnekort nog name bekend.

Ander industriespesialiste bevestig:

  1. Lloyd O’Connor: Suidooster klankingeneur
  2. Michael Botha: The Workroom, klankingeneur
  3. Fahema Hendricks: Kinematograaf
  4. Eva du Preez: Redigeerder
  5. Nosipha Dumisa-Ngoasheng: Regisseur & Skrywer

We are proud to partner with

A great thank you to Gambit Films, Infinity Films and Nagvlug Films – our judges and mentors


Persverklaring _ FINAAL_ Desember 2021 (002)

Press Release _ FINAL_ December 2021 (002)

Persverklaring 8 _ Filmit genomineerdes aangekondig_Finaal

Press Release 8 _ Filmit Nominees Announced_ Final

Persverklaring 7_ Filmit films nou beskikbaar vir besigtiging_ Finaal

Press Release 7 _ Filmit movies now available for viewing_Final

Persverklaring 6 _ Suidooster-akteurs en Annies Wardrobe sluit Filmit mentorskapprogram af(1)

Press release 6_ Suidooster actors and Annies Wardrobe brings Filmits second round of mentorship to an end(1)

Press Release 5_ Suidooster actors step up as mentors for the youth

Press release 4 _ Top 20 film concepts selected for the next round in Filmit _ 6 July 2021

Press Release 3 _ Filmit takes off (1)

Filmit_ Press Release 2 _ Celebrities on board

Filmit 2021_Press Release

With thanks to d6 – our partner in communicating with schools