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
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 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


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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019



Wednesday, September 18, 2019


JHB are you ready to learn how to submit a professional self-tape audition? RSVP now at 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!


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.....


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


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


  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),

Premier’s First Thursday Event

Monday, August 19, 2019



Professor Adelle Gascoyne has been elected to the Council of the Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA) in the portfolio: Professional Development for Eastern Cape and Free State. Gascoyne kicks off her portfolio this month with a workshop titled, “Acing emotion in screenwriting,” on Saturday, 31 August, in Despatch/Uitenhage.

JOHANNESBURG, 19 August 2019, 12:00: The Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA) is pleased to announce the election of Professor Adelle Gascoyne to the Council and her acceptance of the portfolio Professional Development: Eastern Cape/Free State. Gascoyne became a full member of the WGSA earlier in 2019 as she is a produced performance writer.

The WGSA is a full member of the International Association of Writers' Guilds (IAWG) and has five (5) tiers of membership: Full member – for produced performance writers; Candidate member – for aspiring performance writers who does not yet have work produced; and, Student Member – students enrolled at educational institutions; Friends of the WGSA and Corporate Members.

The field of performance writing covers both traditional and new media: screenplays (for film and television), stage plays, radio, and new media (such as webcasting and gaming). The WGSA is committed to helping performance writers through a wide range of services, including:

· advocacy and lobbying: ensuring writers receive legal protection (statutory law) and fair wages;
· professional development: hosting courses facilitated by local and international trainers;
· the guilds’ international affiliation: allowing for discounted rates on screenwriting software;
· the script registry: protecting the intellectual property of our writers.

Gascoyne is the first Council member for years specifically dedicated to the needs of writers in the Eastern Cape and Free State. Her 1st workshop is scheduled for 31 August from 9.30am-4.30pm with the title “Acing emotion in Screenwriting”. The workshop will cover a wide range of human emotions and how to successfully bring this to screenwriting. The workshop will benefit both existing writers and aspiring writers. Anyone with a dream to write for the screen is invited to attend.

The cost is R150 for WGSA members, R200 for non-members and R50 for students.

For inquiries please contact
To make a booking click HERE, or
WhatsApp Adelle on 0815670640.


Friday, August 16, 2019



Bookings essential:  Bookings close on 27 August at 12h00
DATE:     Uitenhage:  31 August 2019
TIME:      9h00 to 16h30
To be announced

Successful movies break the 4th wall by engaging the audience emotionally. Understanding the components of emotionality and its impact upon behaviour is thus crucial to master to be successful as a writer and screenwriter.
This workshop will look at the following topics:
  • The function of emotion;
  • The components of emotion;
  • The core and range of human emotions;
  • The 5-fold impact of selected core emotions;
  • Methods for evoking emotion in screenplays;
  • Practical: Writing a 'golden' emotional scene.

Participants are encouraged to bring a 1-2 page scene to the seminar to work on using the emotional tools learned.

Short Trainer Bio:

Adelle Gascoyne has a PhD in Behaviour Modification (specialising in emotion in conflict) and is a Professor of Theology and Social Sciences. Since 2007, through her charity, she provides educational and therapeutic services for the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to correct the behaviour of violent offenders and she is recognised as a specialist in this field, achieving the status of accredited service provider to DCS.

Her work on emotion is studied by conflict students at esteemed academic institutions such as the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (USA). Adelle is herself a published author and produced playwright now venturing into radio and screen.

She is the WGSA Council Member for Professional Development for Eastern Cape/Free State and a 2019 Muse Awards Judge.
WGSA Student members - R50 
Members / Students with valid student card / Affiliated organisation:  R150
Non-Members:  R200 

To secure your booking:  Please pay the required cover charge to our bank account:
WGSA Current Account
Standard Bank, Melville
Branch No: 006105
Acc No: 300082444
Acc type:  Current
Please use your name and surname as reference

After payment, BOOK HERE 

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Opportunity Description

The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), in partnership with the Department of Culture, Sports and Recreation in Mpumalanga and the Arts & Culture Trust invite all visual arts practitioners to a workshop on the following topics:
  • Writing: Artists biographies and statement;
  • Artists (self)presentation and professional conduct; and
  • How to sell in and outside your city

The workshop will be presented by Chepape Makgato, a Joburg-based independent artist and arts writer, contributing formerly to ART AFRICA and The Journalist online publications. He works at the Royal Art House studio in Johannesburg and is the founder of Samanthole Creative Projects & Workshop, a community-based art organisation focusing on arts and literacy youth programmes. He is a multi-award winning visual artist who has exhibited on three continents of Africa, Europe and North America in solo and group exhibitions including art fairs. His work is collected by various global and local corporates including JP Morgan. His inaugural theatre production was Man Alone in Polokwane, Limpopo province. Amongst his accolades, is a library named after him in his home province of Limpopo which is called Khehla Chepape Makgato Youth Library at Ngwamorei Secondary School. He is presently studying towards Masters Degree in Fine Arts at Wits University.

Workshop details:

Date: Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Venue: KwaMhlanga Government Complex, Solomon Mahlangu Drive
Time: 12:00 – 14:00

Date: Thursday, 22 August 2019
Venue: Ermelo, Regional Library
Time: 11:00 – 13:00

Date: Friday, 23 August 2019
Venue: Archives Building, Mbombela
Time: 11:00 – 13:00


21, 22 & 23 August 2019


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Stunt for Actors Workshop

Please find our new times for the workshop and we apologize for any inconvenience caused. 

JHB: Saturday 10 August
14h00 – 17h00
Address: Saint Columbus Church, 45 Lurgan Road, Parkview

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wesgro’s Film and Media Promotion in partnership with Film Cape Town, FNB Foreign Exchange and Silwerskerm Fees cordially invite you to our next Film Finance Workshop

Wesgro’s Film and Media Promotion in partnership with Film Cape Town, FNB Foreign Exchange and Silwerskerm Fees cordially invite you to our next Film Finance Workshop.

The workshop intends to build an ecosystem for all Western Cape film and media role players with specific focus on the finance leg of the production. It will also inform attendees of other opportunities that could add value to their company and how to go about securing

FNB’s in-house Exchange Control team together with other key financial players and stakeholders will provide insights to help grow the industry, while Wesgro will provide a brief update on the current film and media landscape.

Attendees can also expect presentations by the kykNET/M-Net, NFVF, IDC and other industry experts.

Date: 22 August 2019
Time: 09h00 – 14h00
Venue: Workshop venue: Rotunda, The Bay Hotel, 69 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Hot desks venue: Silwerskermkamer, The Bay Hotel

rsvp: by 14 August 2019
(Please specify dietary requirements as each guest will receive a lunch pack)

Monday, August 5, 2019

Press Release


Press Release:


5th  August 2019                                                                      For immediate release


CAPE TOWN/ JOHANNESBURG/POLOKWANE:  Women’s Power fuels new sexual harassment awareness campaign set to premiere this Women’s Day 

Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) partnered with MNET to produce six public service announcements on sexual harassment for the second consecutive year. All six one minute films were written and directed by  women as a means to empower female filmmakers who often go overlooked in their male dominated industry. 

Following the success of the first series the second instalment is highly anticipated with six new directors and young women at the helm of production.

The launch will take place simultaneously in Cape Town and Johannesburg and will be livestreamed on UCT TV on 8th August 2019.

Cape Town: Cape Town TV, UCT Television Studio , Baxter Theatre Centre ,Cnr Main Road and Burg Road, Rondebosch

Johannesburg:  8th August 2019, 6:30pm to 9pm. Atlas Studios, 33 Frost Avenue, Braamfontein Werf 

The project was filmed in Gauteng, Limpopo and Western Cape empowering cast and crew in all provinces.  The #THATSNOTOK VIDEO SERIES covers a range of scenarios that depict inappropriate behaviour perpetuated by both men and women in the film industry dealing specifically with the grey areas of abuse - the not so obvious ways in which abuse manifests.

and aims to generate conversations about solutions and services available.  

The directors of the PSAs are:

Joyce Nkgapele
Genevieve Akal
Western Cape
Londeka Mazibuko
Maryann Madishona
Rea Moeti
Noma Khumalo


SWIFT (Sisters Working In Film & Television) is a registered NPO run by film industry

volunteers with the main objectives to empower, enlighten and connect female

filmmakers across South Africa.

SWIFT conducted an anonymous survey in 2017  and the disturbing revelations indicated that over 66.7% of womxn in film & TV feel unsafe at work. Thus, SWIFT continues to exert industry pressure and  take tangible action against sexual harassment through a campaign called #ThatsNotOK

The Goals of the video campaign - based on REAL-LIFE stories of sexual harassment submitted


● To help womxn & men in the industry recognise what harassment is.

● To let them know that they are not alone or imagining harassment.

● To help womxn & men recognise that their abusive behaviour is “NOT OK”.

● To make womxn aware of the resources and legal assistance available to them

via SWIFT membership


Funding and Sponsorship

The funding from MNET ensured that  SWIFT was­­­ able to pay crew & cast for their creative and technical contributions.

It also facilitated film trainees shadowing crew members on all shoot days in all three provinces.


Plans for the videos

● As with the previous set of Public Service Announcements released in  2018. We want to have the new videos used as AWARENESS/TRAINING VIDEOS to educate crew &

cast at the beginning of every new production. The aim is to get as many Broadcasters & Production Companies to make this a mandatory procedure.

● To create a sustainable MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME for upcoming female

filmmakers, working with real content.

● To offer the video concept to Government & the Corporate Sector to highlight

sexual harassment within their own industries.



The style of the video campaign is heavily influenced by the #ThatsHarassment

campaign, produced by Segal Avin, David Schwimmer & Mazdack Rassi and we are

thrilled to have their endorsement for our #ThatsNotOk video campaign.


SWIFT hopes the campaign will impact the entire Film and TV Industry across the African continent creating safer workplaces for everyone.


Issued by SWIFT:


Facebook: SWIFT – Sisters Working in Film and Television

Twitter: @swiftsa

Instagram: @swift_safrica

YouTube: SWIFT – Sisters Working in Film and Television




SWIFT Chairperson Sara Blecher

SWIFT Spokesperson Zoe Ramushu  073 454 8887

SWIFT Sisterhood Committee Chairperson: Flavia Motsitsi : 083 309 0365