The Sunshine Cinema Spark Impact Program


Are you ready to make an impact in your community? You can APPLY for the 2023 Spark Impact Program NOW!

As a solar powered cinema network we believe in the power of energy. Young people face great challenges – from rising unemployment rates to the knock-on effects of our incredible energy crisis. At Sunshine Cinema we keep the lights on by working with young people who are inspired, energetic and want to use their voices to inspire action and change in their community.

We are currently accepting applications for 20 young South Africans aged between 21-34 years old in 2023. We are looking for applicants who want to use the power of film to inspire dialogue and join our mobile solar cinema network of over 80 Ambassadors.

This 10-month accelerator programme enables participants to improve their impact facilitation skill set with a 6 month online course with The University of Cape Town’s Centre for Film and Media Studies; access to gig work in the digital marketing industry, experience in hosting free community film screenings, facilitating dialogues, and potentially develop their own media enterprises to become financially independent.

  • Please note this is not a practical filmmaking course
  • A unique media-based practical accelerator programme that runs from 1 April 2023 – 31 January 2024 training you to use films to spark dialogue as an impact facilitator, while accessing gig work as a media entrepreneur. 
  • How to use films to spark dialogue as an impact facilitator
  • Training in audience facilitation, content creation, social media skills, digital marketing and communication skills, and entrepreneurship
  • Tackling youth unemployment, you will particiapate in “learn by doing” entrepreneurial training. Learn how to secure gigs, practise facilitation ad digital media skills and earn a sustainable monthly personal income
  • A Film Impact Screening Facilitator Course certificate from the University of Cape Town Centre for Film and Media Studies
  • Life skills Mentorship
  • Peer to peer learning within an inspiring network of young leaders across South Africa
  • Data and logistic expenses are covered by Sunshine Cinema
  • Young, aspiring media entrepreneur who is committed to building a long-term platform in their community where social issues can be addressed in a way that leads to positive action and social change
  • You have passed Matric or an equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification
  • You are comfortable with public speaking
  • You are interested in learning how to use film screenings to facilitate conversations around important issues to help raise awareness and make a difference in your own community.
  • You are committed to completing a very intensive 10-month apprenticeship program; this requires a minimum of 18-25 hours per week of active participation
  • You have access to a laptop and stable internet to participate in the online class commitments
  • You are between 21-34 years young and live in a rural or peri-urban community in any province in South Africa.

A contract will be signed at the start of the programme

  • Attend the in-person Orientation Bootcamp in the Western Cape from Sunday 26 March 2023 to Friday 31st March 2023 (Expenses covered by Sunshine Cinema)
  • Dedicate 8-10 hours per week to your UCT studies
  • Dedicate 10-15 hours per week to your Spark Impact training commitments
  • Host monthly, free solar powered cinema screenings of African films that spark conversation and engage diverse audiences
  • Attend monthly online check-ins with the Sunshine Cinema team
  • Participate in Masterclasses with media industry experts, collaborate, and share knowledge with the cohort promoting peer to peer learning.
  • You honour your commitment to represent the brand of Sunshine Cinema as a Sunbox Ambassador
  • Access to a network of professionals in the film and impact producing industry;
  • Access to a network of social justice thought leaders and social movements working to create change in communities;
  • Training to host the screenings of a diverse array of over 50 award-winning African films;
  • Training and mentorship by experienced lecturers and presenters;
  • Digital and social media skills;
  • Entrepreneurship and gig work economy skills;
  • Film impact producing skills;
  • Podcast producing skills;
  • Audience facilitation, event organising, and communication skills;
  • Support to create a digital portfolio of work;
  • A ‘Film Impact Screening Facilitator’ Certificate from the University of Cape Town, Centre for Film and Media Studies;
  • A basic monthly stipend, and a data allowance to attend online sessions;
  • On successful completion of the learnership, you will receive a digital marketing starter pack to enable you to continue earning an income from your gig work;
  • This experience will help participants to enhance their practical marketing, and film facilitation skills in an entrepreneurial way.
  • This experience will better prepare participants to facilitate community engagement through dialogue.

Watch this video about Sunbox Ambassador Thabang Thapo based in the Free State to learn more:

What are the Class of 2021 Sunbox Ambassadors saying about the learnership?

‘What I’ve taken away from the course is an understanding of how documentaries actually work. The importance of Impact facilitation and the role impact facilitators play in making sure that documentary films do indeed drive social change in our communities…’

‘One of the things that I’ve learnt is getting a gig, coordinating, and also getting paid for what you do has been the greatest experience for me…’


Apply for a place in the 2023 Spark Impact Program, please complete the application form below: