Realness Residency is a pan-African programme dedicated to developing and supporting the next generation of African screenwriting talent. Realness ensures that projects are given the space to mature sufficiently in the phase such that, once they enter production, they result in films that have the potential to travel and appeal to worldwide independent cinema audiences. Its purpose is to offer talent a nurturing that allows them to stretch their creativity and drive their craft under mentorship from industry experts.

Its aim is to not only nurture and empower filmmakers every year but to foster a Wave of Authentic African Cinema. It is a year round support system to the alumni, helping them to bring their scripts from the page to the screen ensuring that the programme maintains a long-standing impact.

The residency period is a six-week focused incubation where residents write in a inspiring and relaxed but are provided feedback and support at every step of the process. Residents also attend the Durban International Film Festival as participants of the Market (DFM) after receiving mentorship on how to pitch their film projects. This step is designed to get them closer to realising their films by facilitating their proficiency in attracting financial investment/partnership for their work. After the festival participation, residents are given another 6 weeks to finesse their work from the comfort of home. Final deliveries are submitted to our partners for awards consideration.

  • Applicants for the Screenwriters’ programme are required to submit a screenplay in progress.
  • The for entries is open to fiction feature film scripts only. However, there is no restriction on age, script, length or genre.
  • Submission is free, regardless of geographical origin.

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