Encounters Project Development Programme 2020

Encounters Project Development Programme 2020

Prospective and hopeful filmmakers-in-the-making are encouraged to submit a ONE page Proposal for a short documentary film (20 minutes maximum length). Successful candidates will be tutored in the art of documentary scriptwriting, preparing a budget and writing funding proposals. All submission details and requirements are included in this document.

In order to identify and develop new entrants in the documentary industry, and with a key objective of transformation, Encounters in partnership with the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, will host a Project Development Programme. The aim of the programme is to inject the filmmaking skills and knowledge necessary for increasing opportunities, business growth and ultimately access to global markets.

The initial Workshop, led by filmmaker Riaan Hendricks, will accommodate up to six participants to develop their short documentary projects in preparation for securing development funding and to advance their careers. A second mentorship programme is designed to support and guide beneficiaries in finalising their project proposal (script, budget and funding proposal). Participants must attend Encounters Industry Programmes during the Festival taking place from 4-14 June 2020.

The programme is aimed at documentary filmmakers at the beginning of their filmmaking careers and whose projects show great potential. Two team members per project may participate. Only residents of the Western Cape may apply. The Workshop will take place from Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 February 2020 (4 days).

Post-workshop participant-led group sessions are encouraged – for mutual support and the fostering of important professional relationships for the future. In the period March – May, leading up to the Encounters Festival, participants will be assigned Mentors for advice and guidance as they finish their scripts and develop budgets and funding proposals. These will be presented during Encounters.

The selection committee will comprise of appointed representatives from the Industry and Encounters. Applicants will be notified by email at least a week before the workshop.

The course includes:

  • course materials
  • meals (teas, coffees and lunch)
  • mentorship programme
  • invites to Encounters industry programmes and functions
  • transport allowance (if necessary)

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 12 February.

Applicants must submit:

  • 1-page synopsis
  • 1-page biography for each of the two key project team members, e.g. Producer(s), Director
  • Complete Contact details

Incomplete applications will not be considered. For further enquiries please contact Nazeer Ahmed (021) 418 3310

For submission requirements please visit: https://www.encounters.co.za/

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