Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Application to attend the WGSA Train the Trainer course

We have extended the deadline for application to attend the train the trainer course

DUE TO THE FESTIVE SEASON, WE HAVE DECIDED TO EXTEND THE APPLICATION PERIOD!
Application to attend the WGSA Train the Trainer course

The Writers’ Guild of South Africa is looking for 18 experienced writers with an aptitude for teaching/training to be part of our two-week train the trainer course in Johannesburg.

A maximum of two (2) candidates from each province whose mother tongue is representative of that specific province will be considered.

1. Writers’ Guild of South Africa

The Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA) is the only professional association in South Africa with a mandate to protect, empower and develop performance writers in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media (internet – mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries. The WGSA is a registered Non-Profit Organisation
(NPO) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) which is solely
dependent on fundraising. Its mandate is governed by a constitution and a council. All activities are executed by volunteer council members and a part-time Executive Officer.

2. Train the Trainer Course

The Train the Trainer project forms part of the guild’s outreach
programme. The outreach programme, funded by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, falls within the WGSA’s core service delivery strategy, Professional Development Programme. The course will: address the necessary skills required for candidates to become trainers, delivering engaging and compelling basic screenwriting
workshops; cover basic training skills including facilitating, needs analyses, and navigating a culturally diverse environment; address basic screenwriting concepts that the participants will use in facilitating a scriptwriting course.

During the training period, candidates will be expected to
- collaborate and develop the content for a basic screenwriting course in English
- attend the all the classes and complete all the assignments - the course will be scheduled for 21 FEBRUARY until 28 FEBRUARY 2020
- after the training, the WGSA will have the course content
professionally translated into the ten other official languages. Once qualified, trainers will then return to their province to implement skills labs in those specific provinces under WGSA supervision.

3. Eligibility

3.1. Experience / Job Knowledge:
at least two years of screenwriting experience is required;
some training experience - exposed to some form of teaching,
training, facilitation of meetings and workshops, etc.
knowledge of the basics of story development and scripting;
understanding of the difference in scripting for film and for television; script editing - evaluate and edit script and development material; screen credit as a writer is a must.

3.2. Language
must be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English and;
at least one other official South African language.

3.3.Skills and Abilities
computer literacy (proficient in word processing, presentation and screenwriting programmes); exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

4. Application

CLOSING DATE OF APPLICATION EXTENDED TO:
22 JANUARY 2020, 12h00

WE ARE SPECIFICALLY LOOKING FOR APPLICATIONS FROM WRITERS IN NORTH WEST, MPUMALANGA,
EASTERN CAPE, NORTHERN CAPE AND LIMPOPO

Please feel free to share this call out

Please complete the application form below and upload the following documents in English (unless otherwise specified) for consideration in pdf format (THE APPLICATION FORM IS RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS CALL OUT):

1) Identity document or passport
2) A letter of motivation on why the WGSA should consider your application in your home language (the language in which you will be training scriptwriters in your province)
3) A narrative statement in ENGLISH – 5 pages maximum where you can express who you are, your desires to pursue screenwriting training, and how this course will contribute to your goal as a trainer and or screenwriter. Please include the following elements:

your experience and expertise in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media(internet – mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries as a writer and as a trainer.

your experience of working successfully in a culturally diverse
context, with evidence of cultural sensitivity.

your knowledge and understanding of the Writers’ Guild of South Africa.

4) Two screenplays written in professional format – 20 pages maximum each where:
you are the sole screenwriter;
one should be a film script and the other, TV;
you must include a title page with your name and email address;
if the sample is part of a much longer script, please provide a
synopsis (of no more than one page) of the entire script for
reference;
the script and or synopsis can be in any one of the official South African languages (other than English) as long as you provide English translations;
make sure that your script is registered – go to www.writersguildsa.org/script-registry for more information.

5) A CV/Resume that details your professional writing experience;
lists your screen credits and dates received;
outlines your training experience,
any relevant training/education you’ve received to date.

6) Two letters of recommendations
one of the letters can be from a former student;
please provide the names and valid email addresses of your
recommenders;
the recommenders will be contacted from our offices to submit your letter of recommendation;
please make sure you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they have send the letters to us. Your application will be viewed as incomplete and cannot be reviewed without it;
all recommendation letters must be received by 24 January 2020 or your application may not be reviewed;
we will only accept submissions directly from the recommender;
recommendation letters submitted by the applicant directly will not be considered.

APPLICATION FORM
https://forms.gle/VBpModCfzJFScrQFA

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Workshop


Audiovisual Industry LOBBYIST

Audiovisual Industry LOBBYIST
1 year contract
Starting date: 1 March 2020


Job Description
1) Research and information-gathering
- Gather information to formulate strategies that help achieve policy outcomes
- Interview legislators, officials and audio-visual entities about their positions on relevant policies and legislation
- Research, analyse and present existing and upcoming legislation and policy changes. Obtain legal opinion where necessary
- Research, analyse and present relevant political updates and agendas.

2) Advocacy
- Establish and maintain relationships with state-owned - and audio-visual entities
- Attend government, government agencies’ and audio-visual functions, events and meetings, relevant to SASFED
- Simplify and present SASFED recommendations to legislators and officials, including relevant portfolio committees
- Advocate official SASFED position statements and recommendations on policy and legislation with legislators and audio-visual entities
- IP/ Copyright, Residuals

3) Strategy
- Provide public policy plans/positions and political advice to SASFED, including the views of the various legislators and audio visual entities
- Strategise / design campaigns to promote SASFED position statements targeted at both state and grassroot levels.
- Attend SASFED council meetings
- Attend SASFED stakeholder meetings

4) Fundraising
- Research potential funders
- Compile and submit funding proposals

Job Requirements

1) Strong communication skills (persistent, persuasive, assertive, succinct)
2) Negotiation skills to broker compromises and deals
3) Strong understanding of the political system
4) A minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience in the film industry in South Africa
5) A network of strong relationships amongst government officials and audio-visual entities
6) Strong analytical skills
7) Knowledge about current news and events pertaining to the audio-visual industry
8) Cope within a stressful work environment
9) Preference will be given to persons of colour
10) Understand and sympathise with government transformation agenda
11) A Johannesburg based position.
12) Access to transport at own expense to and from the office located in Linden; Johannesburg daily, including for after-hours meetings when required.
13) Ability to travel to Parliament or other important locations, at request of the employer and as possible within funding budget.
14) Manage a part time administrator, legal and research capacities as required and within the funding budget.
15) Access to own laptop.

Desired requirements

1) Bachelor’s degree in humanities or commerce and relevant working experience
2) Proven record of supporting, protecting, and advancing the mission of an industry association is a plus
3) A diplomatic approach, a person who brings cohesion instead of antagonize parties/ people in the various platforms where they lobby, but will stand firm on SASFED issues

Applications should consist of a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, a motivational letter on why you should be appointed and your unique experience you bring to the table, plus two letters of recommendation. Your application must be emailed to admin@sasfed.org not later than 15 February 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.








Monday, January 13, 2020

Ben's Big Break

Hello friends

In 2019 I entered the prestigious FINAL DRAFT BIG BREAK SCREENWRITING CONTEST, an international competition with 8000 entrants, and won my category with my feature script, CANAAN. Amongst other prizes I've been invited to LA to attend the awards ceremony and have meetings with Hollywood execs and talent agents on the 21st January 2020. I'm now raising funds to get to LA. I need to raise $2000 for my airfare so I've started a funding campaign. Please consider supporting GoGetFunding drive. Perhaps you know of a person or a company that would be willing to sponsor me. This South African Writer needs to get to Hollywood! Yikes! Thank goodness my visa is sorted. Here is the link. I would appreciate any help you can give:


 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Application to attend the WGSA Train the Trainer course

The Writers’ Guild of South Africa is looking for 18 experienced writers with an aptitude for teaching/training to be part of our two-week train the trainer course in Johannesburg. A maximum of two (2) candidates from each province whose mother tongue is representative of that specific province will be considered.


1. Writers’ Guild of South Africa
The Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA) is the only professional association in South Africa with a mandate to protect, empower and develop performance writers in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media (internet – mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries. The WGSA is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) which is solely dependent on fundraising. Its mandate is governed by a constitution and a council. All activities are executed by volunteer council members and a part-time Executive Officer.

2. Train the Trainer Course
The Train the Trainer project forms part of the guild’s outreach programme. The outreach programme, funded by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, falls within the WGSA’s core service delivery strategy, Professional Development Programme. The course will:
-address the necessary skills required for candidates to become trainers, delivering engaging and compelling basic screenwriting workshops;
-cover basic training skills including facilitating, needs analyses, and navigating a culturally diverse environment;
-address basic screenwriting concepts that the participants will use in facilitating a scriptwriting course.
During the training period, candidates will be expected to collaborate and develop the content for a basic screenwriting course in English. After the training, the WGSA will have the course content professionally translated into the ten other official languages. Once qualified, trainers will then return to their province to implement skills labs in those specific provinces under WGSA supervision.

3. Eligibility
3.1. Experience / Job Knowledge:
at least two years of screenwriting experience is required;
some training experience - exposed to some form of teaching, training, facilitation of meetings and workshops, etc.
knowledge of the basics of story development and scripting;
understanding of the difference in scripting for film and for television;
script editing - evaluate and edit script and development material;
screen credit as a writer is a must.

3.2. Language
must be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English and;
at least one other official South African language.

3.3.Skills and Abilities
computer literacy (proficient in word processing, presentation and screenwriting programmes);
exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

4. Application
CLOSING DATE OF APPLICATION: 31 DECEMBER 2019, 12h00
Please complete the application form below and upload the following documents in English (unless otherwise specified) for consideration in pdf format:
1) Identity document or passport
2) A letter of motivation on why the WGSA should consider your application in your home language (the language in which you will be training scriptwriters in your province)
3) A narrative statement – 5 pages maximum where you can express who you are, your desires to pursue screenwriting training, and how this course will contribute to your goal as a trainer and or screenwriter. Please include the following elements:
-your experience and expertise in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media (internet – mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries as a writer and as a trainer.
-your experience of working successfully in a culturally diverse context, with evidence of cultural sensitivity.
-your knowledge and understanding of the Writers’ Guild of South Africa.

4) Two screenplays written in professional format – 20 pages maximum each where:
-you are the sole screenwriter; one should be a film script and the other, TV;
-you must include a title page with your name and email address;
-if the sample is part of a much longer script, please provide a synopsis (of no more than one page) of the entire script for reference;
-the script and or synopsis can be in any one of the official South African languages (other than English) as long as you provide English translations;
-make sure that your script is registered – go to www.writersguildsa.org/script-registry for more information.

5) A CV/Resume that
-details your professional writing experience;
- lists your screen credits and dates received;
-outlines your training experience,
-any relevant training/education you’ve received to date.

6) Two letters of recommendations

-one of the letters can be from a former student;
-please provide the names and valid email addresses of your recommenders;
-the recommenders will be contacted from our offices to submit your letter of recommendation;
-please make sure you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they have send the letters to us. Your application will be viewed as incomplete and cannot be reviewed without it;
-all recommendation letters must be received by 2 January 2020 or your application may not be reviewed;
-we will only accept submissions directly from the recommender;
-recommendation letters submitted by the applicant directly will not be considered.





Friday, November 8, 2019

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! IDC Media and Audio Visual SBU Presentation.

Due to unforeseen circumstances on the side of IDC, the presentation has been re-scheduled for 19 November 2019, 16h30.
We also received an overwhelming number of RSVP's; NFVF auditorium is now too small and we are making arrangements to either host the event at Atlas Studios or AFDA.
We will inform you as soon as we have confirmation.

IDC Media and Audio Visual SBU would like to share a brief presentation on their funding with the Film Industry and engage thereafter.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at 16h30 Johannesburg.
Please RSVP by Friday 15 November 2019

RSVP to admin@sasfed.org

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

IDC Media and Audio Visual SBU presentation

IDC Media and Audio Visual SBU presentation

IDC Media and Audio Visual SBU would like to share a brief presentation on their funding with the Film Industry and engage thereafter. The presentation will take place on Tuesday 12 November 2019 from 16h30 at NFVF, 87 Central St, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg.

Please RSVP by Friday 8th November 2019 at admin@writersguildsa.org

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

ANXIETY & DEPRESSION TALK 26TH OCTOBER 2019


JOIN SAGA IN THIS IMPORTANT SESSION DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND THE HELP AVAILABLE. THE SCOURGE OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION NEEDS TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED AND ADDRESSED. 





Wednesday, September 18, 2019

SELF-TAPE SEMINAR

JHB are you ready to learn how to submit a professional self-tape audition? RSVP now at admin@saguildofactors.co.za Free for SAGA members and R200 for non-members. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Toronto International Screenwriting Competition

The Toronto International Screenwriting Competition


Standard Deadline: 19/09/2019
We are a team of artists and professionals who are passionate about filmmaking and about nurturing, developing, and supporting the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from Toronto, and around the world.

We want our competition to be a bridge between up and coming artists and the talent agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of studio executives in both Canada and the US. We are also passionate about introducing them to the various producers and production teams that call our city their home!

ENTER THROUGH FILMFREEWAY

Whether you’re writing the next epic blockbuster, hip indie, or laugh out loud romantic comedy, we want to read it. We love supporting great cinema and great writers!!!
-The Toronto International Screenwriting Competition Staff
Q&A - Inroads Screenwriting Fellow Justin Moran

Justin Moran is a playwright, screenwriter, and one heck of a nice guy currently residing in Los Angeles.
Justin won the 2019 Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship competition with his gritty “Space Western” pilot aptly entitled “Rust”. We sent Justin a few questions after his win, and he was nice enough to respond.....

READ MORE HERE!

Call for Television Pilots and Webisodes:

Our TV PILOT Competition is open to teleplays and webisodes of all lengths.
Cash, prizes, press, and producer distribution.
All Finalists and Winners will be announced by November 15, 2019. Make us laugh!!!

Thanks to our sponsors: Script Reader Pro, Screenwriting Staffing, Filmmatic, Monday on Main Street, The Script Coverage Co., and Jungle Software!
Enter through Coverfly

Enter through Filmfreeway
 
Enter- Competition HQ

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

IPO 2019 / 2020 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

The new IPO Executive members elected at the AGM held on the 30th of July 2019.


IPO 2019 / 2020 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

  1. Nimrod Geva - Co-Chairperson
  2. Sisanda Henna - Co-Chairperson
  3. Thandi Davids - Deputy Chairperson
  4. Neil Brandt - Secretary General
  5. Leanne Kumalo - Treasurer
  6. Rehad Desai 
  7. Zikethiwe Ngcobo 
  8. Michael Auret 
  9. Katleho Ramaphakela 
  10. Thierry Cassuto 
  11. Marvin Saven
  12. Dylan Voogt 

Profiles of the Executive Committee will be included in the next IPO Newsletter.

Sub-committees have a mandate to ensure that stakeholders are engaged and actions are taken, and report to the Executive Committee. Sub-Committee Members are as follows:

  • NFVF Committee – Michael Auret, Neil Brandt, Zikethiwe Ngcobo, Rehad Desai
  • Dti Committee – Michael Auret, Marvin Saven, Rehad Desai, Nimrod Geva, Thierry Cassuto
  • Broadcast Committee –Thandi Davids, Zikethiwe Ngcobo, Luke Rous, Sisanda Henna, Vanessa Jansen, Jane Lipman, Nimrod Geva, Katleho Ramaphakela (chairperson)
  • Legislation and IP – Laura Colucci, Rehad Desai, ZIkethiwe Ngcobo
  • Membership and Communication - Nimrod Geva, Sisanda Henna, Thandi Davids, Leanne Kumalo (Chairperson),