In collaboration with Netflix, the Realness Institute has extended the deadline for submissions for the 2022 Episodic Lab and Development Executive Traineeship (DET) programmes due to increased interest from filmmakers from Africa and the Diaspora.
According to the organisers, applicants will now have until January 21, 2022, to submit their applications.
The Episodic Lab is for screenwriters from South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria to explore story concepts, while the DET is for African producers to refine their story development skills. These courses are aimed at intermediate-level television and film professionals.
Both programmes are closely monitored and mentored by highly skilled and experienced Story Experts and Creative Producers, as well as the Netflix team’s expertise and recommendations.
The Episodic Lab and DET will be held online from May 1 to July 31, 2022. Each of the twelve selected participants (six each programme) will receive a monthly stipend of US$2 000 to cover living expenses for the duration of the programme, allowing them to focus on the development of their story concept.
Thandeka Zwana, a DET participant from the inaugural 2021 edition, has joined the mentoring team as a Story Consultant. Thandeka has worked in the African film industry since 2004 and has held positions as a producer, line producer, script editor, and development and production executive for several films and organisations.
Executive Director of the Realness Institute, Elias Ribeiro, said it’s exciting to receive many applications for the traineeship in 2022. “We are ecstatic to have received so many new proposals, with several filmmakers requesting that the deadline be extended owing to the proximity of the festive season and so many holidays.” As a result, we invite everyone interested to submit their proposals as soon as possible. In addition, Thandeka Zwana, who has a wealth of experience in development, production, and distribution, will join the mentorship team, and we look forward to collaborating with her to help the projects and writers succeed.”