WGSA production, pitch and writer workshop

On 26 Jul 2011, the Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) was proud to announce a special workshop for writers and filmmakers on “How to Make a Successful South African Movie”.

Headlining the workshop is veteran South African producer and executive producer André Scholtz, who is renowned for producing many of the extremely successful Leon Schuster movies, among them “You must be Joking”, “Sweet’nShort”, “Oh Shucks, it’s Schuster”, “Oh Schucks, here comes Untag” and “Panic Mechanic” to “Oh Shucks, I’m Gatvol”, which he co-produced with Schuster. Among his latest releases are “Rainbow Skellums”, Angus Buchan’s “Ordinary People” and “Ek joke net”, which he executive produced for the Film Factory.

Scholz will be joined by Samuel Frauenstein of Phoenix Rising Media, who will give a presentation on product placement and how it works in South African. Product placement is an indirect way of advertising often already selected at script stage, which allows marketers to place promotional ads for real commercial products and services in feature films, television programmes or other media. The money paid for this advertising can then be used by the producers as part finance for their film or TV programme.  

As a crowning glory Scholtz has agreed to an open pitching session, where writers will be given the opportunity to pitch their movie ideas directly to him. Every writer will have up to 10 minutes in an open forum to promote and possibly sell their projects. While his preference lies with Afrikaans comedy, he is happy to consider any South African high concepts ideas which can be made on a reasonable budget.

Writers who wish to participate in the pitching session are requested to book their time by emailing WGSA administrator Thea Aboud (see contact details below) with their name and contact details, as well as the title and genre of the project to be pitched. Every pitch must be accompanied by two copies of a leave-behind – a one page synopsis of the project which also bears the writer’s full contact details. If there is interest in the pitch, WGSA will assist their members in concluding a possible deal.

The WGSA strongly advises all participants to protect their copyright by registering their projects with the WGSA script registry (for members only), as WGSA cannot be held responsible for any breach of copyright in a public forum.

The workshop will be held on Saturday 13 August 2011, 9h00 for 9h30, at AFDA, 41 Frost Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

Light snacks will be served and a cover charge of R150.00 per WGSA member and R300.00 per non-member applies.  Reservations and payments close on the 10th of August 2011.

Contact WGSA Administrator at admin@writersguildsa.org to make your reservation.

AFRIFF 2011: Organisers call for entry

Organisers of this year's Africa International Film Festival
(AFRIFF) have started calling for entries for the 2011 edition of the festival. The entry which opened March 30 will close on 30 August 2011.

The 84th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) has issued a call to South African filmmakers for entries into its “Best Foreign Language Film” category.
The deadline for submissions is 31 August, 4pm.