Friday, January 26, 2007

Latest round up

Here is the latest round up of scriptwriting and film opportunities.

Previously I omitted DV8 who (apparently) still operate an open-ended online submission scheme for low budget South African feature film scripts. Visit their website
here for more information.

Someone alerted me to another (online) prodco seemingly on the lookout for 'strong, character-driven scripts and novels' set in South Africa. Information is available
here. I have not been able to check them out and they do request a $25 submission fee which is off putting. If anyone has further info - let me know (email address in my profile.)

For playwrights writing in any of South Africa's official languages, there's the Maskew Longman Milller competition for original and unpublished drama manuscripts. The deadline is 31st July 2007 and information is available

Just announced - the Roy W Dean Writing Grant is now open for applications. Co-ordinated via 'From the Heart Productions' a non-profit 501(c)(3) organisation dedicated to funding films that are “unique and make a contribution to society”. This writing grant is open to anyone around the world. The Roy W. Dean Writing Grant takes writers to New Zealand for one month to write anything, book, play film script, etc. Writers stay in a quiet country cottage and airline ticket and funds weekly for food and pub are covered. Full info is available on the website

To receive regular scriptwriting 'work alerts' for current South African TV and other jobs, it is worth joining SASWU (for info click on name in sidebar). For beginner scriptwriters as well as those who want to increase their knowledge, their twin organisation SA Scriptwriting Institute (see sidebar) will be running various interesting courses and master classes over the coming year. Visit the website for information.

Mnet are currently looking for 13 x prime time stand alone 'made for TV 60 minute dramas.' The information is available
here. The deadline is actually 28th February (not March as stated previously)

SABC are also looking for various stand alone dramas, mini series and comedies. Full details are in the latest RFP book downloadable from their
website. There's still plenty of time to submit proposals for many of the briefs. Development finance is available for certain proposals.

There's still plenty of time to submit for the BBC's 10th International Radio Playwriting Competition launched to find the next Pinter, Brecht or Soyinka. Details are available
The deadline is April 30th 2007

Finally for those who may be interested, here's one for documentary filmmakers: ITVS have launched an INTERNATIONAL production initiative. 'This fund is designed to showcase international documentaries that tell powerful global stories that will inform, inspire and connect US audiences to unfamiliar lives, experiences and new perspectives from across the world.' There is one funding round for the IMDF International Call per year, and the deadline will typically be in February. The deadline for the 2007 International Call is February 9, 2007. Please refer to ITVS's website for further information . Click

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