Isivivana cinema

Bertha Movie House paid internship applications OPEN!

Apply before 16:00, 29 December 2017

Paid internship position available:

Bertha Movie House Intern (1 February – 31 July 2018)

Place of work: Bertha Movie House, Isivivana Centre, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Hours of work: 30 hours per week, Monday – Sunday (working flexible, “cinema” hours with some weekend work)

Supervisor: Reports to Cinema Manager

Date written: 05/12/2017

Applications close on: Friday, 29 December 2017 at 16:00


The Isivivana Centre is a hub for social justice organisations, and offers a number of community services. The Bertha Movie House commenced its regular screening programmes in February 2017. The cinema is a community project that is meant to show a wide range of films with a strong focus on local and other African films. It was an official venue for the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival in 2017 and it also hosts schools programmes.

2. TASKS AND Responsibilities

  • Logistics and assistance during screenings and events at the cinema
    • Assist the Cinema Manager in the collection and testing of the films screened at the cinema.
    • Curate and organise one of the bi-annual short film programmes by local filmmakers.
    • Set up and break down of equipment, and keeping venues maintained and unlocked/locked for all screenings.
    • Ensure that the bathrooms are clean and ready for patrons during events and screenings.
    • Liaise with caterers and take responsibility for setting up catering and ensuring it is cleared after events.
    • Make sure equipment is switched off, packed up and returned to the office for safe keeping.
    • Help external customers to set up equipment where necessary.
  • Social media and other marketing for screenings and events
    • Create attractive events on Facebook for the screenings and tweet about these often and appropriately.
    • Share images of the posters and events before and after screenings so that our online presence is distinct and full of useful information.
    • Distribute flyers and posters effectively and timely.
    • Find new ways to advertise our screenings; and come up with ideas of how to attract/inform audiences.
    • Organise and be available for radio and TV interviews, and other meetings to inform communities of our screenings.
  • General support and duties around the cinema and the rest of the building
    • Liaise with Bookings and Maintenance Officers about bookings and maintenance of venue and equipment.
    • Perform general duties in the Isivivana Centre office – this might include answering the phone, and attending to email queries.
    • The Intern might also be required to assist the Building Manager, the Library Manager and the Bookings and Maintenance Officers from time to time. This can include covering the reception areas during security officers’ breaks, cleaning etc.
    • The intern will develop film curation skills and have input into the selection of the films screened at the cinema.
    • The intern should work towards facilitating discussions, Q&A sessions and other events on their own or where they take the lead.
    • The intern will build and maintain relationships with our service providers, the Khayelitsha and surrounding communities and other partners.
    • Time management, organisational skills and writing skills.


  • Candidate must have a passion for film, TV, audio/visual storytelling, and the promotion of this in Khayelitsha and surrounds.
  • Must be willing to be flexible about shifts and must be available for shifts at short notice.
  • Must be driven and eager to learn, share and work very hard. Candidate must come to work with a great attitude.
  • Must have some writing skills and be comfortable on social media.
  • Ability to remain focused when under pressure with a commitment to work long hours at times.
  • Preferably lives within the communities served by the building so that getting to and from work is relatively easy.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and interact with others in the building and outside.
  • Some computer skills, specifically MS Office, email, social media platforms and internet.
  • Some organisational skills, time management skills and prioritisation skills.
  • Must be able to show initiative and be proactive. The BMH intern must have a good, positive, upbeat attitude.
  • Willingness to do some travelling for work (in and around Cape Town) for meetings, screenings etc.

To apply, please send your CV and one-page cover letter in a single .pdf document to the Cinema Manager, Ms Alta du Plooy, at by Friday, 29 December 2017 at 16:00. Applications that do not comply with these requirements will not be considered.

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