The Certificate Programme in Filmmaking

The Certificate Programme in Filmmaking is a ten-month programme that focusses on all aspects of filmmaking. Students will receive a clear understanding of what it takes to be a filmmaker and will be able to pass through all the stages in the filmmaking process (pre-production, production and post-production). This will enable them to produce a number of their own short films and final Graduation project during their studies. In addition, students will pass through one month industrial attachment in various production and media houses.

The programme aims to equip students with key skills to understand the whole process of film production. It was established through the collaboration between SOTAMBE Film Institute and ZAMCOM. Classes are therefore offered in both Lusaka and Kitwe.

Apply Online! Kitwe HERE and Lusaka HERE

course structure

The programme is divided into three terms with the courses as follows:

TERM ONE (October – December)
CF 100 Introduction to Filmmaking
CF 110 Script Writing
CF 120 Producing
CF 130 Directing
CF 140 Animation

The first term will help students on how to generate a film idea, turn this into a pitch and a script and then how to plan a shoot, including location and casting. At this stage, each student will develop an idea for his/her film that they will produce in the third term as their Graduation Film Project. Students will also master the craft of film producing and directing.

TERM TWO (January – March)
CF 200 Acting for Screen
CF 210 Cinematography (Camera, Lights)
CF 220 Sound Recording
CF 230 Editing
CF 240 Business of Film

The second term focuses on production itself. Students will learn how to turn their script into a film: directing, camera skills, sound recording and producing. Editing part will unveil how to turn your footage into a finished film.

TERM Three (April – June)
CF 300 Graduation Project

Graduation Film Projects of all students will be submitted to SOTAMBE DFAF in September. All students in their third term are required to submit the Graduation Project for internal and external examination before defending their work during oral defence.

INTERNSHIP (July – August)
CF 300 Internship

GRADUATION (September)

Students that successfully pass through the Final Oral Defence will have their movies screened at the SOTAMBE DFAF under the Student’s Graduation Projects Category. Graduation is part of the Festival’s Programme.

school fees

Registration form: K 100
Tuition Fees: K 4000/ term

Students are required to come with a ream of paper.