Only 1 month left to apply for the screenwriters residency Realness

Initiated by Urucu Media in partnership with La Fabrique Cinéma – Institut Français, Realness Residency is a pan-African programme dedicated to developing and supporting the next generation of African screenwriting talent. Each year, the program is hosting 5 young african directors in the Cradle of Humankind near to Johannesburg, and is helping them to bring their scripts from the page to the screen ensuring that the program maintains a long-standing impact.

The residency period is a six-week focused incubation where residents write with the feedback and support of story experts such as Nadja Dumouchel, producer and co-founder of the associative platform La Scénaristerie, and producing experts such as Elias Ribeiro, producer at Urucu Media. 

Residents also attend the Durban International Film Festival as participants of the Market after receiving mentorship on how to pitch their film projects.

After the festival participation, residents are given another 6 weeks to finesse their work from home. Final deliveries are submitted to Realness partners for awards consideration. Each project is eligible for scholarships to attend Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Torino Film Lab Meeting Event, EAVE Producer’s Workshop and La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde in Cannes.

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Who can apply?

  • You have an up-to-date African passport

  • 60 – 70% of your script is filmed on the African continent

  • Your script must be fiction

  • Adaptations are eligible but you must include proof that rights to the book have been acquired with your application.

How to apply?

Submissions are open until January 31st. Download the application form here .
Find all the informations about the residency here.