The 2022 Realness African Screenwriters’ Residency, is set to take place in South Africa and Switzerland, with six young and talented creatives from across Africa the have been selected. The six participants will be mentored and supported to help nurture and develop their skills to thrive in the filmmaking space.
This year, Realness Institute has collaborated with Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, to allow the six participants to attend the creative incubation programme called “Basecamp” from 3 August 2022 to 13 August 2020. The incubator programme combines scriptwriting seminars, research master classes and finance workshops.
Founded in 1946, the annual Locarno Film Festival screens films in various competitive and non-competitive sections, including feature-length narrative, documentary, short, avant-garde, and retrospective programmes.
According to Co-founder and Director of artistic operations at the Realness Institute, Cait Pansegrouw, commented on the programme by saying: “Our programme provides the physical space and time with no pressure for African filmmakers to really dig deep into their craft to develop their story ideas.”
Pansegrouw further explained that as a screenwriter, this is an incredible opportunity to have uninterrupted time to work on a story. Pasegrouw said this cohort is a new mix of film talent representing North, East, South and West Africa, which they believe will present some fascinating insights, as ideas and narratives are discussed and exchanged.
Following their return from Switzerland, the scriptwriters then take up residence at Nirox and Farmhouse 58, in The Cradle of Humankind, for six weeks. Story consultants Ayanda Halimana and Mmabatho Kau and creative producer Cait Pansegrouw, will mentor the participants, as per IOL.
The six talented creatives selected to jet off to Switzerland are Jabu Nadia Newman, Asanda Sandulela, Lara Sousa, Ahmad Mahmoud, C.J. Obasi and Youssef Michraf.