2016 Africa Movie Academy Awards calls for entries

Having recently wrapped up the activities marking the 11th anniversary of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, the organisers of the continental awards have called for entries for the 2016 edition of the global reward system for filmmakers of African descent all over the world.

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Luxor African Film Festival calls for entries

The 5th Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), which takes place from 17 to 23 March 2016 in Luxor, Egypt, is accepting film submissions. The deadline for submission of the application form, two DVD copies of the film, along with relevant promotional material (posters, flyers, stills, and synopsis) is on 15 December 2015.

Submission guidelines:

Submitted films should be directed by an African filmmaker, the story should take place in Africa, or the plot must be related to Africa

Submitted films should be 2015 productions

The selection committee is to decide on the films which participate in competition

Participating films should not have been screened in Egyptian cinemas before the festival

Material will not be used in any commercial activities

LAFF management will announce the selected films by 1 January 2016

Participating filmmakers should send the final screening copy, subtitled in English, to LAFF prior to 10 February 2016

LAFF will handle one-way shipment of copies: participants will handle the cost of sending the film to Egypt and LAFF will handle the return shipment. In case of loss or damage of the copy, LAFF will cover its insurance

Films will be screened three times during LAFF s edition except for the winning films which will be re-screened in non-profit cultural centres after LAFF

For more information, visit the LAFF website

African screenwriters residency REALNESS calls for entries

Urucu Media, under the mentorship of Berlinale Talents, in partnership with Nirox, Durban Filmmart, Restless Talent Management, The French Institute in South Africa and Institute Français's Cinémas du Monde, proudly presents REALNESS, a screenwriters residency for a new generation of African cinema.

From June to August 2016, five screenwriters will be invited to attend a seven-week residency to develop a new draft of their original feature screenplays. The aim of REALNESS is to provide the necessary time, space and support to help the continent's best emerging writing talents hone their unique cinematic vision.

Week 1

The residency will kick off on 16 June 2016 with an introductory week at Durban Filmmart, Africa's top co-production market. Residents will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in films, attend seminars and present their projects to industry professionals for feedback. Each resident will prepare a public presentation of their project at the end of the week.

Week 2 to 6

Residents will be transported to the Nirox artists residency in the Cradle of Humankind, where they will spend six weeks working in a tranquil and nurturing living environment. During the first week, top international script consultants will conduct workshops and one-on-one sessions with the residents. Thereafter, residents will work at their own pace, with ongoing support in the form of workgroups with fellow writers, curated film screenings, producer-led case studies and discussions with visiting industry speakers.

Week 7

In the final week, residents will have a debriefing and follow up Skype-sessions with their consultants. After leaving the residency, writers will be invited to submit a new draft of their screenplay by 30 September 2016. The most promising project to emerge from REALNESS will be invited and funded to participate in the prestigious La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde in Cannes, 2017.

REALNESS recognises the real-life demands of most writers and that taking time to develop a screenplay is not always economically viable. To this end, residents will receive a stipend of R15 000 and all food and accommodation expenses will be covered for the duration of their stay. Please note that residents will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from the residency. We will assist in efforts to obtain sponsorship from country culture desks, embassies & other interested institutions.

While the residency will be conducted in English, REALNESS facilitators are also able to do the training in French and/or Portuguese if participants are from Francophone or Lusophone African countries.


Please note, the submission window is from 1 November 2015 to 31 January 2016 (or until 120 applications have been received, whichever comes first)

Applicants must submit one PDF dossier containing:

• a motivation for wanting to participate in REALNESS (one page)
• a synopsis of the proposed feature project (one page)
• a treatment of the proposed feature project (six pages)
• a draft of the screenplay
• a writer's note of intention (one page)
• a short biography (one paragraph)
• two links to samples of previously produced work, uploaded to vimeo.

If selected, residents will be required to donate one copy of their previous work to the Nirox film library.

The call is open to screenwriters from across the African continent and selection will be based on artistic merit. REALNESS will hold no legal claim over the work once the residency is completed.

All submitted material must be in English. A committee appointed by Urucu and their partners will read the project entries and conduct interviews with a shortlist of candidates early in March 2016. The REALNESS selection will be announced at an event hosted by the pavilion Les Cinemas du Monde in Cannes, 2016.

Please submit dossiers to realness@urucumedia.com