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Book today! Documentary Filmmaking Workshop with SJ Van Breda

On July 6, the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival is proud to present an exclusive Documentary Filmmaking workshop hosted by the internationally acclaimed and multi-award-winning filmmaker SJ Van Breda. This event offers aspiring filmmakers a unique opportunity to learn from one of the industry's most accomplished professionals.


Meet Your Tutor - SJ Van Breda


SJ Van Breda, from Durban, South Africa, has established herself as a prominent documentary filmmaker. Her films have been screened at prestigious festivals such as the Whistler Film Festival, Oxford International Film Festival, and Chilliwack Independent Film Festival.


Filmmaking Awards:

  • Best Cinematography and Best Editing with her documentary Freeflow, the 2023 SMart Fone Flick Fest (SF3)

  • Top Prize, Mini-Docs category, 2022 Zhiyun-Tech Mobile Film Challenge

  • Mini-documentary prize at the Moment Invitational Film Fest 2021

  • Documentary Prize at SMart: The London International Smartphone Film Fest 2021

  • Documentary Category Winner, Filmic Fest 2019

Professional Roles:

  • Head of Post-Production, MiPix Media

  • Director and Editor, FBDF Production Company

  • Worked with: WWF, UNFPA, UNICEF, FairTrade Africa, Mercedes Benz, Xiaomi Studios


Additionally, SJ has served as a festival selection judge for Blackbird Film Festival and OXIFF and as an instructor and jury member for the inaugural MMOCA Film Festival in Cape Town. She was a speaker on mobile filmmaking at the FilmicPro Creator Summit 2020.





Documentary Filmmaking - What will you learn


Participants of the documentary filmmaking workshop will gain invaluable insights and practical skills, including:


Writing, Shooting, and Editing:

Essential techniques for creating documentaries using a smartphone.


Organising Documentary Shoots:

Best practices for planning and executing your shoot.


Filming Techniques:

Tips for getting the most out of your equipment, including using a gimbal to add drama to your footage.


Camera Placement and Framing:

Strategies for reinforcing your story through visual composition.


Capturing Audio:

Techniques for recording high-quality audio on set and in various locations.


Insights from Current Projects:

An inside look at SJ's current projects and her approach to shaping stories.




Book Now


This workshop is a rare opportunity to learn from SJ Van Breda, who is in Dublin for a limited time. Take advantage of this chance to enhance your filmmaking skills and gain inspiration from a celebrated professional.


Places limited. For more information and to book visit Eventbrite

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