Friday, November 6, 2015

Opportunity for African Screenwriters – Call for Submissions

Urucu Media under the mentorship of Berlinale Talents, in partnership with Nirox, Durban FilmMart, Restless Talent Management, The French Institute in SA and Francais’s Cinemas du Monde proudly present REALNESS, a screenwriters residency for a new generation of African cinema.

From June to August 2016, 5 screenwriters will be invited to a 7 week residency to develop a new draft of their next screenplay.

Here is what you can expect:

Week 1

The residency kicks off on 16 June 2016 with an introductory week at Durban FilmMart. Residents will have the chance to watch films, attend seminars and present their projects to industry professionals for feedback. Each resident will prepare a public presentation of their project at the end of the week.

Week 2-6

Residents will be transported to the Nirox artists residency at the Cradle of Humankind where they can work on their screenplay in tranquillity. Top international script consultants will help them. They can also expect workgroups with fellow writers, curated film screenings, producer-led case studies and discussions with industry speakers.

Week 7

Residents will be debriefed and have follow up Skype sessions with their consultants. After leaving the residency writers will be invited to submit a new draft of their screenplay by 30 September 2016. The most promising project will be invited and funded to participate at the prestigious La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde in Cannes, 2017.
Residents will receive a stipend of R15 000 and all food and accommodation will be covered during their stay.  Residents will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from the residency. Efforts will be made to help with sponsorship from country culture desks and other interested institutions.


Deadline 31 January 2016 or until 120 applications have been received whichever comes first.

Applicants must submit 1 PDF dossier containing:
A motivation for wanting to participate in REALNESS (1 page)
A synopsis of the proposed feature project (1 page)
A treatment of the proposed feature project (6 pages)
A draft of the screenplay
A writer’s note of intention (1 page)
A short biography (1 paragraph)
2 links to samples of previously produced work uploaded to Vimeo. If selected residents will be required to donate one copy of their previous work to the Nirox film library.

All submitted work must be in English.  The call is open to screenwriters from across Africa.

Please submit dossiers to

This edition by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton 

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