Film Residency for UNAM Students


In today’s information-dependent and information-driven world, film provides an important platform from which to tackle socio-economic challenges.

The role of African film-makers has frequently been compared to the traditional role of the storyteller; film can express and reflect communal experiences, and can play an important role in disseminating the information people need to help themselves into a better life using local languages and narratives.

The Phoenix Project,  Transnationalizing Modern Languages/Global Challenges project at Cardiff University are working with Watch-Africa and the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) Department of Information and Communication Studies as well as the Department of Visual and Performing Arts to set up a competition for UNAM students. The winners will take part in a 10-day residency in Cardiff, Wales. This competition is now closed.

To compete students submitted a short video (between 5 – 10 mins long) they produced and based on the theme of youth culture and multilingualism in Namibia.

The director of the best video will be awarded a ten–day residency in Wales to develop his/her skills under the aegis of TML/Global Challenges and Watch Africa, the association responsible for Wales’ African Film Festival.

Watch-Africa will use it’s strong links with various arts and film institutions in Wales and the UK to facilitate the residency. During this residency, Watch-Africa will provide support and mentoring to assist the winner of the competition in establishing lasting links with the film sector in Wales, connecting them to the African-Welsh cultural diaspora and offering a platform for their work, catalysing discussions, dialogue and exchange.

The residency is comprised of activities designed to teach several essential elements of narrative filmmaking including, but not limited to: discover and develop unique cinematic stories, teach how to direct actors toward true and compelling performances and develop an expanded appreciation for cinematic forms and genres.

The week session will result in a portfolio comprised of at least 1 short film treatment, 1 developed short film screenplay, and minimum 1 edited short film. These productions will engage with themes in line with the wider aim of the TML/Global Challenges and will use language as an important tool to address socio-economic issues.

It’s with great pleasure to announce that Darryn February and Felicia Mutonga  have been selected to take part on a 10-day placement in Cardiff, Wales hosted by Wales African Film Festival and supported by the Transnationalizing Modern Languages Global Challenges project; the Phoenix Project and the School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University, and The University of Namibia.

Following the 10 day residential palcement, below are some of the videos created by our 2 residents.

Darryn’s Final Video

Felicia’s Final Video

Partners and Sponsors

Phoenix Project

Wales African Film Festival