NWFC establishes a Writers Guild and launches a One-Minute Film Festival


The non-profit North West Film Commission (NWFC) has set up a Writers Guild to help to develop the stories and screenwriters of the region and will help assist with the foundation of the film industry in the province – thus be supportive to the North West Film Commission’s work.

The North West Writers Guild will be affiliated to the Writers Guild South Africa (WGSA). The provincial chapter will thus establish branches throughout the province where the branches job would then be to facilitate the workshops for the North West writers on the WGSA’s behalf

The NWFC is launching a One-Minute Film Festival. The NW One-Minute Film Festival will present a provincial competition programme of films of all forms in duration of up to one minute.

NW One-Minute Film Festival is built to generate the largest amount of exposure possible for the one minute filmmakers and the collection of one minute films showcased, shortlisted, and awarded by a national jury and the public.
Film entries of any genre from the following: Online entry only.

– Competition 1 – Feature and Documentary Film
– Competition 2 – Art and Experimental Film
– Competition 3 – Animation
– Competition 4 – Under 20 Youth
– Competition 5 – Schools

The NW One-Minute Film Festival will have build ups from all local municipalities and then proceed to District Levels where upon District Winners compete at Provincial Level.

Closing date for registrations is on the 1 July 2016.

The local festivals will run on the following dates: 9, 16 and 23 July 2016. The District Festivals 30 July 2016 and the Provincial Festival will be on the 6 August 2016 in Rustenburg.

In the five categories the best one-minute film will be chosen. The jury will nominate three films and the winner will be announced at the award show.
The audience award will be chosen by the audience at the festival.

For more information email polani@nwfc.co.za or deon@nwfc.co.za.

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Cera-Jane Catton is a writer and journalist with years of experience in community newspapers, blogging and freelance journalism. She has worked in a cache of capacities, often finding herself behind or in front of the cameras, intentionally and less so. She has been a stunt double in two Bollywood movies, has worked in various capacities on a number of natural history documentaries, and other international productions shot in South Africa. Cera is a former Screen Africa journalist.


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