Monday, February 17, 2014

My Hood Short Documentary Film Project - Close Encounters Laboratory 2014

Public Call for Directors for MY HOOD, a Short Documentary Film Project of the Close Encounters Documentary Laboratory Funded by the (NLDTF)

The Encounters Documentary Laboratory, Close Encounters, has received funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) to produce a series of short films. 

The MY HOOD project will include a Close Encounters Documentary Laboratory Workshop and the films will première at Encounters in June 2014.

This call is open to talented, experienced emerging and established female directors and black directors.

The Brief:
Something happens on every street, in every hood and in every community. We are looking for filmmakers who can reflect on the intimate details, the connections, the inter-actions, the play, the politics, the landscape and the characters of their street. We are also looking for unique voices and points of view in terms of story and form.

The MY HOOD project is an opportunity for filmmakers to turn their lens on a reality that is part of their daily life and experience and to find a story in everyday occurrences, or to portray the lives of those who inhabit their space.

The intention of the project is to develop and produce 6 x 8 minute short documentaries that have global appeal, that can be screened independently or as a body of work.

Only 6 (six) Directors will be invited to take part in a workshop during which their documentary ideas will be refined and developed to ensure strong, conceptual film scripts.

A guest facilitator will lead the workshop phase, providing script tuition, mentorship and support throughout. 

Applicants must be available to attend the full workshop phase, which runs in Cape Town from: Monday 17th to Friday 21st March 2014

Flights, accommodation and per diems will be provided. Successful candidates must bring their own laptop.


  • Synopsis and Story outline (1 page)
  • Directors Treatment and Vision (1 page)
  • CV detailing relevant experience and referees who may be contacted by Close Encounters Documentary Laboratory (2 pages)
  • Proposed team, names and role (1 page)
  • Budget outline of no more than R60,000.00 (1 page)
  • Copy of recent film work – this should include complete short films. No clip show reels will be accepted. These may be submitted on DVD, or as a Vimeo or Youtube link.

DEADLINE: Monday 24 February by 4pm – no late submissions will be considered.

Please send email submissions to:

Post submissions to:  
My Hood Producer
PO Box 2228
Cape Town 8000
Courier / by hand: My Hood Producer
1st floor, 27 Caledon St
Cape Town 8001

Successful applicants informed: 3 March 2014

Workshop in Cape Town: 17 -21 March 2014

Films to be completed by: 30 May 2014

Applicants need to be a South African citizen or have permanent residence permit.