South Africa’s Next Filmmaker Competition for aspiring filmmakers, in partnership with Quizzical Pictures, Endemol and Ochre Media. Sponsored by Digital Film, Finetune Audio and the Bladeworks.
Are you a talented young filmmaker looking for a break into the exciting world of television broadcast production? Showcase your skills to the wider television community; experience the reality of creating a broadcast standard production under the mentorship of industry experts and compete for the chance to win a coveted paid internship working for one of South Africa’s premier production houses.
Quizzical Pictures has a reputation for being one of South Africa's most innovative and exciting production houses - both a home to independent filmaking and film makers, yet of a size to support large scale production of television and drama series. It produces a diverse range of television programmes including education, documentary, and drama series, corporate communications and commercials much of it amongst South Africa's most admired and popular work.
Endemol is the largest independent television and digital production company in the world. It comprises a global network of more than 80 companies in 31 countries including South Africa, Nigeria and East Africa.
The company annually produces 10,000 hours of content across genres, including entertainment, reality TV, game shows, comedy, drama, sport, docu-dramas, animation, features and feature films. Its credits include international hits such as Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 1 vs. 100, Star Academy, Wipeout and The Money Drop. Its growing drama portfolio includes Isidingo, Hell on Wheels, Hot in Cleveland, Home and Away, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Rush, Nini and Penoza.
Endemol is also one of the world’s largest independent distributors of formats and finished programming, with a growing library of over 3,000 formats and more than 24,000 hours of content. The company’s creative teams around the world are continuously developing new ideas that are shared across the Endemol network.
Over the past decade Ochre Moving Pictures (OMP) has firmly established itself as an award winning producer and developer of quality entertainment and educational television.
Productions encompass many genres from soaps to dramas, reality to actuality, and documentary to children's, youth and educational television, and programmes for specific cultural and ethnic community audiences. Recent productions include home-grown reality formats like In Debt, Made in SA, Relate and Kwanda, dramas like Intsilka and Takalani Sesame. OMP also produces the daily soap Scandal! and the DStv Indian channel, SaffronTV.
South Africa has a wealth of production and post-production talent available. This is born out by the increasing number of international productions being shot in South Africa using local crew and the recent international success of South African films such as Tsotsi, Skoonheid, District 9, Hopeville and Material. If we want to build on this and create a sustainable industry producing quality content we have to develop young talent.
The competition was conceptualized by General Post in 2010 and strengthened by our partnerships in 2011 and 2012 with Quizzical Pictures, Endemol South Africa and Ochre Moving Pictures .
South Africa’s Next Top Filmmaker stemmed from the need to give young filmmakers a platform to showcase their talent and create opportunities for growth and mentoring.
The competition will provide the 3 finalists with the opportunity to produce a professional standard production and the winning finalist with the opportunity to win a 1-year paid internship with a top production company. This is a great opportunity for young filmmakers to get a foot in the door and learn from some of South Africa’s top professionals.