Encounters/Al Jazeera Pitching Forum: call for proposals

The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival will partner with media network Al Jazeera in hosting the 4th Al Jazeera Pitching Forum in Johannesburg on 10 June.

A maximum of 12 African filmmakers will be selected to pitch to Al Jazeera's commissioning editors during the Forum, which takes place during the Encounters festival.

Encounters and Al Jazeera have called on African filmmakers with projects at any stage of development or production to submit proposals for the Forum.

Selected filmmakers will be given seven minutes in which to pitch their film, plus seven minutes for feedback and questions from Al Jazeera's commissioning editors.

Projection equipment will be provided for those who have DVDs or other visual presentations to augment their pitch. In addition, Encounters is offering a limited number of travel grants to enable selected African filmmakers from outside Johannesburg and South Africa to attend the Forum.

Filmmakers chosen to pitch will be required to attend a one-day pitching workshop the day before the Forum, where they'll be able to discuss their pitch with an experienced filmmaker who will help them hone their pitch and give them inside knowledge on working with Al Jazeera.

Encounters will also host an Al Jazeera information and networking session before the Pitch program begins.

Interested filmmakers should limit their proposal to:

  • A one-page synopsis of their film;
  • A one-page biography of the filmmaker and producer, including complete contact details (telephone number, city of residence, home and work addresses);
  • One page of further background information and/or visual treatment of the subject;
  • A brief motivation for a travel grant to attend the Pitching Forum, if applicable; and
  • Links to previous works and a promo of the proposal, if available.

Proposals should be sent to festival@encounters.co.za on or before 4pm (South African time) on Tuesday, 2 June 2015. For further info, e-mail festival@encounters.co.za or call +27 (0)21 461 5962.

Source: staff reporter

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