In South Africa’s television commissions-challenged environment, it’s encouraging to hear that free-to-air channel e.tv has called for the submission of scripts for its one-hour feature film strand, eKasi: Our Stories. Twenty-six films will be produced in this new season and a whole new crop of writers, directors and film practitioners will be trained in the process.
To date e.tv has produced 18 dramas under the eKasie brand, all filmed in various locations in Johannesburg townships, ranging from Soweto to Westbury to Leeuwkop. eKasie’s popularity is attributed to the fact that the films reflect life in the townships, thereby connecting directly with the target audiences. The stories are focused on the pragmatic, yet humorous aspects of gritty township life. In 2010 four production teams were roped in, all drawing on the expertise of young fresh players in the industry from different regions in South Africa.
Familiar faces such as Backstage’s Katlego Ramaphakela (who played Neo) and Charl Timotheous (who played Ziggy) are some of the young writers involved.
Big names leading the production of these dramas: director and Tribecca Short Film award winner, Bheki Sibiya; Jika Majika director, Neo Matsunyane; and actor, director, and entrepreneur, Thokozani Nkosi of Eclipse Productions and veteran writer, director and producer, Vusi Twala of Seleke Communications.
WHO MAY ENTER:
The Programme is open only to scriptwriters of South African nationality who are 18 years and older.
Sponsor and Completion Films, along with their directors, officers and employees, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents or
representatives (collectively “Promotion Entities’) and the immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to apply
for or be awarded the contract.
Anyone – from first time writers, to professional writers – may submit. All applications must be typed and applicants must have access to the Internet and a computer. The
script must be a contained story based in the township, or urban areas of South Africa. Selected submissions will be notified and are expected to attend at least 3
days of workshops.
SUBMISSION DOCUMENTS CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM http://www.etv.co.za/pages/submissions
SUBMISSION DOCUMENTS ARE:
1. Submission form
2. Disclaimer form*
3. 2 page synopsis/summary of the plot, characters, world of the story (i.e. the
4. 10 – page sample script
5. Your CV
SUBMISSION DEADLINE – DEADLINE IS THE 3rd OF MAY 2011
Submissions may be sent to
Or dropped off, in a clearly marked envelope at the headquarters in the various
5 Summit Road
Cape Town 8001
214 Ninth Avenue