Nab’Ubomi (This is Life) is an Inter-School Short Film Competition that introduces young South Africans to the world of Film & TV. Discovering & developing talent & stories; validating young lives, hopes & dreams; Nab’Ubomi also offers a taste of the social and economic potential of film activity to empower individuals & communities for growth & transformation.
Easily aligned with the National Curriculum learning in Languages, Literacy and Life Orientation, and Performing Arts this Youth Film Development Programme works within the school system to introduce learners, educators & entire school communities to what remains in South Africa as a largely inaccessible creative space – digital story telling.
Nab’Ubomi ran in the Eastern Cape from 2007 to 2013 during which time the project produced 90 short films & 3 TV series that were broadcast on SABC, on community TV channels in Germany, and at various Film Festivals. Each year DVDs were produced and the films were screened to school audiences of 4000 – 6000 learners.
Online the Nab’Ubomi films continue to attract between 30 000 and 40 000 views a month on our youtube channel
In 2015-2017 the founders of Nab’Ubomi, Bryony and Mark Roughton, created and ran a similar project called the SAY FILM PROJECT under another organisation with funding from the national lotteries commission. Athough Nab’Ubomi was not an official partner this project created another 18 short films made under the same model with learner crews working under the same training & production model.
Many past Nab’Ubomi participants have gone on to careers in film and are granted easier access to bursaries, study & internship opportunities. We anticipate the same will be true for SAY FILM participants. All involved take their film experience and new found skills into their lives, communities, workplaces and careers.
The Inter-School Short Film Competition will run again with the new the South Peninsula Inter-School Film Festival & Competition, launching in June 2018.
We hope to recommence the programme in the Eastern Cape, and introduce it to any region of the country that can provide the resources and partnerships needed.