After a year of successful running, Gramophyx College of Film Production and Editing and Animation will host its first-ever graduation ceremony for its pioneer students on July 27 at the Ster Kinekor theatre in Harare.
A total of 20 pioneer students will graduate with certificates in the two courses they which they were tutored in for a period of six months.
“During the six months we taught students various subjects like cinematography, directing, lighting and sound, amongst others,” said one of the two college lecturers and local filmmaker, Donald Mabido.
He said as part of their final project, the students were divided into four groups, each producing a complete film which would be screened at their graduation ceremony.
Mabido said the school had only started a year ago. At its inception, there were only 20 students who all passed. There are two lecturers at the college — Mabido and Cosmas Kamoto.
Mabido said the college was based in the central business district at Margolis Plaza and its directors were two Nigerians, Onyebuchi Emanuel and Nwafor Alphonsus, and a Zimbabwean, Kamoto. The aim of the college is to promote upcoming filmmakers.
“We are trying to give the young ones a networking platform to popularise their work and market themselves to the industry,” Madido said.
Mabido said the college would in August begin another enrolment exercise for next year and they would this time increase the number of students as the outgoing class had been so successful.
He said although they would increase the number of students, they would stipulate numbers they would be able to deal with as the institution was still fairly new.
“We are happy to give the new college an avenue for graduation as they are part of our industry.
We will do everything in our power to promote their endeavours,” said Ster Kinekor complex manager Godfrey Ngwenya. Ngwenya said he hoped that the students would in future produce films that would make it big in the local film industry.