The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) of South Africa is offering free part-time training opportunities to individuals who wish to train as script editors in the film and television arena. The successful candidates will go through an intensive Sediba “Spark” Screenwriter’s Training Programme where they will be required to team up with a writer in developing concepts which are engaging and have wide audience appeal.
This part-time training programme runs for five months, comprising of one workshop per month held during weekends. Workshops will be held in Johannesburg. Travel and accommodation for those based outside the Gauteng Province will be arranged and paid for by the NFVF. Selected individuals will be required to attend a compulsory induction on the 22nd June 2012. The first workshop takes place on 23 and 24 June 2012.
Relevant tertiary qualification or extensive experience in the film and television industry.
Experience of writing intellectually challenging and coherent reports, articles and / or essays for a degree programme, newspaper or magazines, a web blog, a creative or professional writing programme.
A satisfactory understanding of storytelling based either on one of the following:
- Study of drama, film, television or literature in a university honours degree course
- Completion of a screenwriting or script editor’s professional development programme or,
- Experience as a published short story writer, novelist, storyline writer, script writer or script editor for a television drama series or feature film screenplays.
A satisfactory understanding of storytelling based either on the study of drama, film, television or literature in a university honours degree course or through completion of a screenwriting or script editor’s professional development programme or experience as a published short story writer or novelist or as a storyline writer, script writer or script editor for a television drama series or feature film screenplays.
Vision for making a big impact on South African film and television drama:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Articulacy in at least one of the indigenous African languages of South Africa as well as English
- Work efficiently and effectively to tight deadlines
- Enjoy engaging in collaborative working relationships
- Ability to act on his or her own initiative
- Broad knowledge of current trends in contemporary fiction, theatrical films and TV drama
- Experience of working under pressure, time keeping, administrative situations and working in teams gained through working in a crew or support role in a film or television production team.
- A creative imagination
- Excellent computer skills
- Good negotiation skills
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAMME:
The following information should be sent in with your application to be considered for the programme:
- A completed application form
- Curriculum Vitae – please ensure that you identify the level of your proficiency in English and the indigenous African languages that you speak, read and can write in professionally.
- A 1-page motivation letter in which you provide a summary of your passion for the kind of film and television dramas you want to make and why, and of your knowledge and experience of the theory and practice of writing for the novel or the dramatic form in theatre, radio, television or the cinema.
- Two examples of your report, article or essay writing.
Please email your entire application on or before TUESDAY, 22ND May 2012 to:
Tel: 011 483 0880 Ext 206
To download the application form, visit http://nfvf.co.za/document/application-form-trainee-script-editor
To view the Sediba Course Outline, visit http://nfvf.co.za/document/sediba-course-outline
Faxed applications will not be accepted.