The submission deadline – 31 January – for the 2019 Realness Residency is less than a week away. All emerging African filmmakers who wish to apply for this opportunity to develop their scripts in the idyllic setting of the Cradle of Humankind with Nirox Foundation need to submit their applications asap.
Realness alumni have gone on to be selected for the Sundance Directors and Screenwriters labs, Biennale Cinema College and TorinoFilmLab Script Lab among others, while also receiving grants from prestigious funding institutions, such as Hubert Bals.
“Realness has given me the creative freedom and nurturing an artist can sometimes only dream of. It has pushed me forward and in greater depths by precise and brilliant mentoring, tailored to the specific needs of my project. Realness has also given me a trusted network that I can always go back to for advice and support and has already opened multiple doors for me,” Kantarama Gahagiri (Rwanda), 2018 Realness alumnus.
Realness is an initiative by Urucu Media in partnership with Nirox Foundation, Berlinale Talents, Durban FilmMart, The Durban International Film Festival, Durban Talents, Institute Français, The French Institute of South Africa, TorinoFilmLab, EAVE Producer’s Workshop, Locarno Filmmaker’s Academy, CNC (Le Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée), Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Filmmaker Lab, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Cocoon Productions and Deuxieme Ligne Films.