South Africa's next top filmmaker competition

General Post presents ...

South Africa’s Next Filmmaker Competition for aspiring filmmakers, in partnership with MTN Last Muso Standing. Sponsored by Quizzical Pictures, Nates Audiovisual Hire and the Bladeworks. Supported by Ochre Media. Media partner: Screen Africa

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 renowned SA director, Tim Greene and compete for the chance to win a coveted internship working for Quizzical Pictures as well as a VIP experience at the MTN8 match final.

MTN8 and MTN Last Muso Standing
South Africa’s MTN8 football competition features the top eight teams from the previous season’s league standings competing on a knockout basis.

The history of the competition dates back to 1972 – it has featured various formats and title sponsors down the years and has evolved into its present guise as the MTN8, featuring quarterfinals, two-legged semifinals and final played at a neutral venue.

The quarterfinal pairs are chosen according to the previous season’s league standings, so the league champions play the eighth-placed team, the runners-up play the seventh-placed team and soon.

The title holders are Moroka Swallows, who won the competition for the first time in over 30 years last season by defeating SuperSport United in the final, though it is their fellow Soweto club Kaizer Chiefs that has traditionally dominated the competition, winning it no less than 14 times.

Last Muso Standing sees 8 of SA’s top emerging musicians competing for their track to become the official MTN8 2013 anthem. Vote for your favorite here.

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 partnership in 2011 with Curious Pictures (now renamed Quizzical Pictures). 2012 saw us partnering with not only Quizzical Pictures , but also with Endemol SA and Ochre Moving Pictures (a subsidiary of the AVUSA group) as mentoring/partner companies. Screen Africa, the definitive film industry publication came on board as our official media partner.

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 an aspiring filmmaker the opportunity to produce a professional music video under the mentorship of top SA director, Tim Green as well as a 1-year paid internship with top production company, Quizzical Pictures.

The runner-up will get the opportunity to work on the EPK of the music video & competition as well as a VIP experience to see the MTN8 final.

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.