Thursday, July 10, 2014

NFVF free scriptwriting and editing course open for applications

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is offering candidates interested in TV and film script editing and feature film script writing, free training through its Sediba Spark Screenwriter’s Training Programme, which runs for five months in Johannesburg. Participation will be part-time as a workshop will be held once a month during weekends. 

Selected editing participants will be required to attend a compulsory induction to the programme, which upon commencement; will place them with a writer to develop engaging concepts with wide audience appeal.

Script editor requirements and application:
  1. Relevant tertiary qualification or extensive experience in the film and television industry
  2. Experience in writing intellectually challenging and coherent reports, articles or essays for a degree programme, creative/ professional writing programme or publication.

  3. A satisfactory understanding of storytelling based either on one of the following:

    • Study of drama, film, television or literature in a university honours degree course
    • Completion of a screenwriting or script editor’s professional development programme or,
    • Experience as a published short story writer, novelist, storyline writer, script writer or script editor for a television drama series or feature film screenplays
    • Vision for making a big impact on South African film and television drama
  4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  5. Articulacy in at least one of the indigenous African languages of South Africa as well as English
  6. Work efficiently and effectively to tight deadlines
  7. Enjoy engaging in collaborative working relationships
  8. Ability to act on his or her own initiative

Though not required, a knowledge and understanding of trends in contemporary fiction, theatrical films and TV drama as well as possessing a creative imagination will be advantageous. Good negotiation skills and experience working under pressure and in teams within the production industry will also be beneficial. 

To be considered for this opportunity candidates will need to email the following documentation to Pretty Mthiyane by no later than 21 July 2014:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Curriculum Vitae – including an indication of the entrant’s level of English proficiency and the indigenous African languages which they speak, read and can write in professionally. 
  3. A 1-page motivation letter in which candidates must provide a summary of their passion for the kind of film and television dramas they want to make and why as well as knowledge and experience of the theory and practice of writing for the novel or the dramatic form in theatre, radio, television or the cinema. 
  4. Two report, article or essay writing examples.

Feature film script writer requirements and application:

Applicants must be script writers who have experience in the industry and have a feature film concept that may appeal to the local and international market. 

Preference will be given to applicants who are indigenous language speakers. 

To be considered for this opportunity candidates will need to email the following documentation to Pretty Mthiyane by no later than 21 July 2014:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Curriculum Vitae – including an indication of the entrant’s level of English proficiency and the indigenous African languages which they speak, read and can write in professionally. 
  3. Two page outline of your film (Up to three project submissions will be accepted). It is recommended that entrants make use of the provided template from NFVF website. 
  4. Ten consecutive pages from a script written by the candidate.

Travel and accommodation: 

For those based outside Gauteng, travel and accommodation will be arranged and paid for by the NFVF. 

Contact:
Pretty Mthiyane
Email: training@nfvf.co.za
Tel: 011 483 0880
Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Workshop dates will be communicated to successful candidates.

Visit the NFVF website for more information. 

Original article from: Screen Africa