Scriptwriters residency: Realness Institute launches a call for applications

Six African filmmakers will have a unique opportunity to develop their fiction film story ideas and work-in-progress scripts in a three-month residency that includes participation in film industry programs in three countries in publishing 2022 of the Realness Residence of African screenwriters.

The residency program in its seventh year will run from August 3 to November 13, 2022 and is open to any African on the continent or living in the Diaspora.

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This year, the Realness Institute has partnered with the Academy of Filmmakers Locarno (Switzerland) so that these filmmakers can attend the Locarno Film Festival and the Academy’s creative incubation program “BaseCamp”. Additionally, one of the six selected will also participate in the Academy, the festival’s industry development program.

Following this, the cohort will spend six weeks at Nirox and Farm 58 in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, where they will be mentored by story consultants, Selina Ukwuoma and Mmabatho Kau; and Creative Producer, Urucu Media, Cait Pansegrouw. Realness Institute Executive Director Elias Ribeiro will accompany the group to the Locarno Film Festival; while the Director of Development and Partnerships at the Realness Institute, Mehret Mandefro, will accompany the cohort to the International African Film Festival.