This November we continue with our sessions with award-winning writers! We tried our best to fit all their work in the short bios of each presenter (below the schedule), but had to stick to nutshell size. If you want to know more then grab this opportunity to learn and interact with these amazing television,stage and film writers!
RSVP for sessions, by latest noon, two (2) days before the session you want to attend so that you can receive the Zoom link, which is sent 24 hours prior to the event.
The classes are FREE for members. Non-members must pay R50.
Non-members: you can pay via EFT or SnapScan. All details are on our RSVP form.
Please, remember to use as reference: Your name and surname / PDP when you do an EFT.
Sean is a screenwriter, producer and occasional director, for the South African and international industries. His debut feature film FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, continuing to a 2 year festival run and multiple awards together with five African Academy Movie Awards (including Best Film).
His most recent short, Apocalypse Now Now, won the SAFTA for Best Short Film. A feature version is in development.
Sean is the former founding manager of the Cape Town chapter of the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival, celebrating and awarding South African and international short films annually. He spent ten years on the festival’s international executive committee, pushing artistic collaboration and exchange between filmmakers from all around the world. He continues to be active in film festival planning and programming on an independent basis.
He has served multiple terms on the the Writers Guild of South Africa’s executive council and hosted panels on finance, distribution and development across South Africa.
Please RSVP for his session by noon on Thursday, 12 November in order to receive the Zoom Link, which will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the session.
“DEATH OF A QUEEN” Television Drama Series With writer-creator Marina Bekker
Marina Bekker is an award-winning screenwriter working in both local and the international Television and Film industry for the past 20 years.
Known for her bold and authentic work, she started writing for Stage and Youth Television while still at University. She has 15 series, of which 8 she created and ran as Head-Writer, plus 6 Features for cinematic release under her belt as well as visionary work for the stage, writing 3 Plays, 4 Cabarets and 6 Marionette Productions for Stage and Television where 3 were musicals with ‘The Rain Queen’ headlining as featured production, representing South Africa at the International Marionette Festival in Denmark.
A Pretoria University graduate (Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts), Marina comes to screenwriting via 19 years on set as Script Supervisor and Continuity. She has written in a wide variety genre covering Magic Realism, Thriller, Drama, Comedy, Action, Historical, Adventure, Youth, Soap, Telenovela, and Edutainment.
Marina’s forte is African Magic Realism, tapping into her extensive African cultural knowledge as well as drawing on her strong connection to and understanding of African cosmology and the soul of African storytelling. She’s known for her edgy and rebellious comedy when driven there by the state of the world.
Marina’s groundbreaking hit mini-series DEATH OF A QUEEN was chosen to represent South Africa in Warsaw, Poland, at INPUT 2009, the International Television Festival. 2018/2019 found Marina working with Sony International and ELTV on the series she co-created and co-wrote THE DAHOMEY WARRIORS for the global market.
Marina is a multiple SAFTA and Muse Awards nominee and winner. 2020 / 2021 brought development to another one of her mini-series she created when she landed a South African co-Production with Canada’s Caribbean Tales Media Group (CTMG) as part of the sought-after Cinefam Africa – The Accelerator Incubator Program.
Inspired by her fervent belief that filmmakers / screenwriters are the modern-day prophets and can truly change the world, Marina makes time to find and mentor fresh talent to help them fly.
The pandemic brought home a core truth to all artists: "We need to find a new way to live with each other, animals and the planet… the responsibility of especially Film-and-Television-makers." This drives Marina to deeper truths and higher joys.
"There is no greater potential force for good than Film & Television. Making it so is our responsibility!"
RSVP for the session with Marina by noon Monday, 15 November in order to receive the Zoom Link, which will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the session.
WRITING FOR THEATRE
with Ian Bruce
Saturday, 20 November
RSVP for Ian's session by noon Monday, 22 November in order to receive the Zoom Link, which will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the session.
OBSERVATIONAL DOCUMENTARY with Shameela Seedat
Wednesday, 24 November
Shameela Seedat is a former fulbright scholar who worked in law for over 10 years before turning to filmmaking.
Her first feature-length documentary WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER won multiple awards, including from Hot Docs Int. Film Festival, FESPACO , the Luxor Afrcan FF, Jozi Film Festival and from the African Studies Association.
Her second feature length documentary AFRICAN MOOT is currently in post-production.
Shameela has also directed several programs for local and international television stations, as well as a series of ten short films on social justice activists in South Africa.
She was the 2019 Film Resident Activist at the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, and served on the documentary film jury at the Sydney Film Festival in 2018, on the Documentary Film Association (DFA) Citizen Journalists Jury in 2020 and on jury for Adiah Awards in 2021.
Shameela has also published widely on law and social justice in various journals, newspapers and book chapters.
RSVP by noon on Monday, 22 November if you want to attend her session.
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