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12 Week Documentary Filmmaking course


We regret to announce that no applications for the DOCi 7 course which begins this month, January 2022, can be accepted.  The class was full before we could even get started.  For the previous DOCi 6 course, we had more than 180 applications and only had space for 16 filmmakers.  The upcoming DOCi 7 students were selected from the applications we received for DOCi 6.  

We are working hard to expand the course, for both the beginner’s course as well as more advanced courses.  We are also working on providing shorter courses on more specific subjects.


Thank you for your interest.  We are working to create an opportunity for all those of you who are looking for an introduction to documentary filmmaking.


Emerging filmmakers programme

The Documentary Institute of South Africa offers a community-oriented, full-time, fully immersive, programme run over twelve weeks.  The course is an introduction to documentary filmmaking, equipping our students with all of the necessary skills of scripting, camera operation, lighting, sound recording, producing, directing and editing.  During the course, students produce their own broadcast-quality 15-minute programmes about issues affecting their lives.

The course is free to students and is supported by direct sponsorship of the US Consulate at the American Corner Cape Town.

In addition to covering the cost of tuition and equipment, the course provides a stipend to cover transport and lunch.

The course is supported by DOCi – Emerging Filmmakers Programme and the US Consulate and the American Corner, Cape Town.



This 12-week program is located in Cape Town, South Africa.  Its vibrant mix of peoples, outstanding natural beauty, and rich cultural heritage - from surfing to world-class galleries, music and restaurants, make Cape Town a top global destination. 


The course is designed to provide international students with a hothouse experience of practical filmmaking. You will learn all aspects of the craft - writing, camera, sound, production, and editing, resulting in a 15-minute broadcast-quality documentary film. The creative focus lies within this fusion of cultures and peoples at the nexus of North and South.


Our permanent staff are all trained internationally with extensive film industry experience and highly-regarded academic credentials. Master classes are hosted by visiting lecturers and industry experts, all designed to help develop specialist skills and provide a context in which the films will be made.

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