UCT Film Impact Facilitator Online Course

Sunshine Cinema has partnered with the University of Cape Town to launch a course in grassroots media facilitation. The aim of this course is to help communities around the world speak up against the issues they face and help others steer themselves to a better future.This innovative, 100% online, short course offers participants a 6-month deep dive into the theory and practice of engaging with audiences on social change issues using documentary and fiction film screenings, discussions and other interventions. The course was born out of the need to address the lack of training opportunities in the growing field of Impact Producing, and is driven by two leading practical and theoretical African partners.

During this course you will engage with activists, filmmakers, award-winning impact producers, and scholars in the field of documentary film and social change strategy. You’ll have access to hand-picked films, case studies, set readings, activities, and special guests. And you’ll receive feedback on all your assignments.

This is a once a year opportunity to meet professional impact producers, learn about the field, and immerse yourself in a network of inspiring changemakers.

You will leave the course with the following:

●  Knowledge about the growing field of impact producing, the impact ecosystem (people, resources and partners)

●  A framework for leading discussions about the film as a work of art and a tool for change

●  An understanding of social change and knowledge about the tradition of non-violent resistance

●  Skills in identifying and researching target audiences, organising and marketing events, and moderating discussions aimed at affecting social change

●  A network of peers, mentors and useful contacts that will give you a differential advantage as you embark on a career in film impact and

●  A certificate from the leading university in Africa

1. Matric/Grade 12 pass certificate or equivalent (matriculation exemption not required)

2. Demonstrable written and verbal English communication skills
(course content currently delivered in English only)

3. Access to a computer for 8 – 10 hours per week.

4. Access to wifi or an average of 4GB of data per week.

5. Demonstrable experience in activism, community organization, film production, organizational communications, or film curation and/or a relevant qualification.

6. Please note that this is not a practical filmmaking course.


6 Months online starting in June 2023 ending in December 2023.

The 6 modules are divided into weekly lessons that include self-paced learning, virtual classes (synchronous online sessions), and practical tasks. The course requires at least 8-10 hours of commitment per week, but additional resources are provided in each module for those who want to go deeper.

Course Costs:

Tier 1: Full course, and assessments for African Nationals R17000

Tier 2: Audit full course no assessments or certificate for African Nationals R13000

Tier 3: Full course and assessments for International Students $1700

Tier 4: Audit full course no assessments or certificate for International Students $1400

Application window: November 2022 – March 2023

For more information contact: hello@sunshinecinema.org