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

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

22 JANUARY 2020, 12h00


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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
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
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.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020


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 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: