Atlas Studios has hosted the First Wednesday Film Club (FWFC) since it's inception in 2004. What started as an initiative aiming to encourage young filmmakers to share their work, be exposed to films of different genres, network and be creatively inspired has, five years later, grown to become an institution.
Initially the target group was professionals in the film and TV industries, but over time the film club has grown to reach a broader group of film lovers who are interested in watching specific films that are not available on the local film circuit and who value the easy going and inspiring atmosphere of this monthly event. With one screening per month - the first Wednesday of the month - the FWFC exposes and explores different countries and themes. Food that matches the theme or country of the evening and music by well-known DJs contribute to give the audience an artistic and culinary experience in addition to a creative boost. The films are followed by vibrant and interesting discussions and Q&A sessions with attending filmmakers.
While being inclusive and continuing to attract a growing audience, the FWFC has managed to remain intimate enough for the patrons, many of them well known profiles in their respective fields, to feel so at home and at ease that they come back every first Wednesday of the month.



by, Angus Gibson and Miguel Salazar

April 2nd     7:30/8:00 pm

Free Screening

"SUR: Colombian Film Showcase"

Studio 4

COUNTRY:   Colombia, South Africa
DIRECTORS:   Angus Gibson and Miguel Salazar
DURATION:   88 min



On the 6th of November 1985, heavily armed members of the M-19 guerilla movement stormed the Palace of Justice in Bogotà - home to the Colombia Supreme Court. Hundreds, including most of the judges of the court, were taken hostage. The 27-hour battle that followed saw close to a hundred people dead and twelve missing. Twenty-five years later the family of Carlos Rodrigues joins forces with other families of disappeared to find out what happened to their loved ones. The highly charged court case became a touchstone the integrity of justice in Colombia and beyond.

- Film courtesy of ICARUS Films and Colombian Film Showcase
- FREE SCREENING, REFRESHMENTS. Limited seating, come early


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First Wednesday is a casual networking forum, a platform for exposure, and an opportunity for the South African TV/Film industry to grow. Each First Wednesday event has a theme for the evening that carries through to the film chosen, food served, entertainment, and special guests. We encourage all filmmakers to send their short films, animations, documentaries and feature films for exposure and feedback at these monthly gatherings, held on the First Wednesday of Every Month at Atlas Studios from 7:30pm. The First Wednesday Film Club @ Atlas Studios is brought to you in proud association with The Gauteng Film Commission South Africa.
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