Wednesday, September 23, 2015

8 - 10 OCTOBER 2015

This year sees yet another exciting addition to the shnit International Shortfilmfestvial weekend: the inaugural ELEMENTS SHORT FILM LAB.

An initiative running concurrently to the shnit Expanded Talent Focus programme for Playground Cape Town in 2015. 

Over the festival weekend filmmakers will participate in a series of workshops, discussions, conversations and engagements that will further their paths in creating world-class short films. Panelists include among today’s most exciting storytellers and producers in South Africa, and this all access workshop weekend promised to enlighten and inspire filmmakers from all levels of industry.

The first Elements Film Lab will be hosted at the historic Cape Town Club on Queen Victoria Street, a short walk from the festival hub at the Labia Theatre - the oldest independent theatre house in Cape Town.  

Tickets are available on a limited basis, and include a full weekend pass to shnit International Shortfilm festival, lunch every day, and networking functions.  Events are scheduled to compliment the festival schedule – expanding skill sets in the day time, celebrating the art of the short at night. 


In Conversation with Fly on the Wall

South African actor Anthony Oeseyemi sits down with Bryan Little and Filipa Domingues to talk about the duo’s film and art making collective, Fly on the Wall. Bryan, a producer, and Filipa, a director, discuss everything from the creative process and finding inspiration to what progress means in an ever-evolving industry and what filmmaking might look like in the future.

Panel Discussion: That Big Bang

There’s an old cliché that reads, ‘You can make a bad film from a good script but never a good film from a bad script’. Three of the most exciting filmmakers working in SA, Jenna Bass, Sibs Shongwe-la Mer and Jahmil XT Qubeka discuss the inception of stories and the importance of scripts. The discussion will break down the writing process; explain what makes a good story and how to craft great film experiences, as well as mastering visual storytelling and highlighting the unique opportunity short films offer for story telling.

Panel Discussion: The Science of Shorts

Our panel of experts Bridget Pickering, Thandeka Zwana and Steven Markovitz focuson the elements needed to bring a great short together and take it to the world. This panel will discuss the challenges and advantages of short film making; including financing short films, finding great stories, making festival connections and marketing short films.

Producer’s Workshop

Producer Elias Robeiro shares his experiences on making short films and the importance of showing them to the world. Using real-world examples, Elias delves into the benefits of making short films, how to budget properly, some tips on how to get them seen and how to develop a festival strategy for maximum exposure.

Writers Workshop

Anthony Silverston, Head of Development at SA’s leading animation studio, Triggerfish, shares the nuances of crafting good characters and how to place them in real-world stories in this must-attend workshop called How To Write a Hero. Having spent years creating internationally acclaimed animations such as Zambezi, Anthony guides aspiring screenwriting with practical advice on what elements are required for great storytelling and how they fit together.

Networking Events

Elements Film Lab offers filmmakers the opportunity to network over the course of the weekend with a welcome drinks and lunches. Come meet industry experts and other filmmakers in a relaxed and creative environment. And with a full weekend pass to the Shnit International Short Film Festival there are plenty of films to watch too.

Round Table Conversations

The best way to meet industry members and form partnerships is to meet people face to face. The Round Table Conversations provide a platform to do that by connecting writers, directors, producers and performers. It’s a casual way to meet like-minded individuals, chat to experienced filmmakers, and open up opportunities.

Drone Workshop

The impact that drones have had on film and cinematography is tremendous and with drone technology now more affordable than ever it’s a tool that can give amateur and low-budget filmmakers an extra dimension. In this workshop, Juanne Whyte from Orms Digital, talks about how to make drone footage work for your film, gives an update on drone-flying regulations and introduces us to the various drone options available to take your filmmaking to ‘new heights’.

Virtual Reality Workshop

How do filmmaking and virtual reality combine? It’s a question for the not-too-distant future. Tyrone Rubin from Sense Virtual talks about the latest developments in the world of virtual reality and how interactive technologies will shape filmmaking and the entertainment industry of the future. There will also be a must-see demo on the latest in the virtual reality field.


Tickets available through Webtickets . Prices, tickets and full line up available at  

The lab takes place 8-10 October. Concession tickets are available on a limited basis. Information available online.

Tickets are R550  and include:
Access to the opening Lab Talk and welcome drinks, a 2 day Lab pass - including lunch, an invitation to Opening Night and a shnit Film Festival Weekend Pass.

As part of the Inaugural Elements Lab a limited number of SPONSORED TICKETS are available. To apply for a sponsored ticket please e-mail your CV and a 1 page letter of motivation to: SPONSOREDTICKET@ELEMENTSFILMLAB.ORG

Successful candidates will be notified by the 2nd of October 2015

Join the Elements Lab team by emailing your CV and telling us why you would make an excellent volunteer.

For information about the Lab, contact

More on shnit International Shortfilmfestival at

Information supplied by WGSA member: SEAN DRUMMOND