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FILM 4 Offenders skills training programme 2019 & Pollsmoor documentary

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The purpose of the video is to characterise the role the SA FILM Academy plays and the successes achieved as a non-profit company, an accredited skills development facilitator and training provider – providing a vital transformation bridge between education and employment in the film and TV industries, via in-service training to people from disadvantaged communities, for juveniles, parolees and former inmates re-entering society and the economy.

Dorette Potgieter in agreement with the SA FILM Academy launched the FILM 4 Offenders pilot skills training and development programme at Pollsmoor on 26 March 2019.                     

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The biggest challenge offenders face, once they complete their prison term and re-enter society is to participate meaningfully and productively in sustained, legitimate economic activity to earn a living and support their families. The academic entry level for film and TV production is historically low and success relies primarily on raw talent, creativity, passion, application, persistence and rigorous self-discipline. The FILM 4 Offenders programme provides a unique opportunity for offenders and parolees to be reintegrated into society and the economy through this vital sector.

FILM 4 Offenders is a training programme in Life, Occupational & Entrepreneurial Skills Development for offenders and Correctional Services personnel in an accredited, structured learning process and will deliver knowledge and expertise in creative script writing, on camera performance with film, electronic and digital media production, through experiential ‘Learning-by-Doing’ on local and international film and television series and in production companies once released, with a view to becoming crew and management.       

FILM 4 Offenders will set up basic film schools in Correctional Service Centers, train young offenders between the ages of 18-30, six months prior to release and train interested DCS personnel to support the sustainability of this initiative founded by Dorette Potgieter in agreement with the SA FILM Academy (SAFA). 

As a trained relationship facilitator with more than 30 years’ experience in front and behind the camera, Dorette Potgieter together with Seton Bailey from the SA FILM Academy aim to make a significant contribution with the FILM 4 Offenders skills training and development programme, assisting the rehabilitation and reintegration of young offenders back into society and the growing economy.

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  • Jan 21, 2019 - R 3 300.00
  • "Blessings!" - T en N

  • Jan 15, 2019 - R 10 000.00
  • "Soap" - Silent

  • Dec 22, 2018 - USD $ 102.48
  • "Good luck with this! Best, A.S." - Anonymous

  • Dec 12, 2018 - R 5 000.00
  • "break a leg" - Des

  • Dec 12, 2018 - USD $ 27.88
  • "Good luck!" - Minnie

  • Nov 28, 2018 - USD $ 71.83
  • "Vardeteatret in Norway is greeting you and wish you all the best" - Vardeteatret

  • Nov 27, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Great project. All the best" - Ella

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R 500 000.00

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R 100 000.00

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The SA FILM Academy (FILM) is an educational, life, occupational and entrepreneurial skills development and training programme.