The Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA) has announced its inaugural “Great Idea’ Competition. According to its website, South African screenwriters are invited to submit original ideas in the following categories:
- A 90-minute motion picture.
- A primetime family drama series.
- A primetime comedy series.
Writers can submit as many ideas as they want.
The competition is aimed at professional writers and designed to find top local content with strong international sales appeal. Ideas may be submitted by “non-writers’, but they have to team up with a professional writer to qualify for the competition.
The writer of the winning entry in every category will receive a developmental deal with the Skills Lab of the WGSA. The completed project will be marketed on behalf of the writer to funding organisations, independent South African producers as well as the commissioning editors of the different broadcasters by WGSA in conjunction with The Script Shop, an independent script agency.
The overall winner chosen from the three category winners will be based on originality, cost efficiency and entertainment value and will win the latest version of Final Draft Screenwriting Software, apart from all the other prizes.
Entry to the competition is free and closes on 15 January 2013.
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