WFC could never have achieved its track record of success without the strategic, funding and delivery partners that have been so key to its progress over the past four years. Featured below are some of WFC partners, associated groups and funding supporters. WFC remains grateful to all of them for their support for WFC and their commitment to provision for youth.
The WFC team in South Africa is currently producing daily shows for broadcast on Cape Town Community TV and across social media in the run-up to World AIDS Day. Shot on NOKIA Pure View 800 devices, the films are sponsored by NOKIA.
New Africa Theatre Association
WFC began working with New Africa Theatre Association (see blurb) in 2008 and returned to run a Documentary Film Making training programme in 2009. A number of WFC’s students have gone through training at New Africa, currently the only tertiary arts education institution with an intake exclusively from the townships.
Cape Film Commission
The Cape Film Commission is South Africa’s regional equivalent to the Arts Council and is a grant-making body for film training and film-related projects in the Western Cape. The Cape Film Commission sponsored WFC’s recent up skill programme, teaching 15 young township residents to make broadcast films on cell phones.
Silulo Ulutho Technologies
WFC began their relationship with Silulo Ulutho during the World Cup, when the technology company gave WFC access to its computers to edit.
Ground Glass is an ethical production company, specialising in commercials and run by CEO Janette de Villiers. Janette has been an Ambassador to WFC since 2009, offering continuing support and inspiration. The Ground Glass staff and crew have also generously helped out WFC a number of times.
Street Stories Films
Street Stories is an independent production company that offers training opportunities to previously disadvantaged young people. Street Stories Director, Jo Menell and Producer, Richard Mills taught WFC’s inaugural Documentary Film Making training programme in 2009 and the relationship has continued since then. Last year, the WFC team interned with Street Stories Films and one WFC team member went on to work full-time for the company.
Mxit is South Africa’s most popular mobile social networking site with an estimated 27 million users. It works like Blackberry Chat, except that it charges users small amounts to communicate with each other. WFC co-created a platform on Mxit called Mopix and made 92 films of 1 min in length. These were screened over six-months and over 150,000 people subscribed to the Mopix channel
Gate 7 is a mobile entertainment and content company headed by CEO, Emma Kaye that was WFC’s distributor to Mxit.
Cape Town TV
Cape Town TV is a community-based TV station founded by over 200 non-profit organisations in 2006. Since 2009, WFC has supplied content to CT-TV including films from training programmes, inserts for their World Cup series and WFC’s own 28min series, ‘Elements’. WFC and CTV continue to have a great relationship.
Amy Biehl Foundation Trust
With an 18-year track record of success, Amy Biehl Foundation Trust provides extra-curricular activities for school children from some of Cape Town’s most dangerous townships. WFC ran two training programmes in partnership with Amy Biehl, both in Nyanga township. The young students were enthusiastic and made good films. WFC looks forward to the opportunity to work with Amy Biehl again in the future.