African filmmakers are invited to submit proposals for the Al Jazeera-Encounters Pitching Forum in Johannesburg on Saturday, 10 June 2017, during the 19th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival.

A maximum of 12 African filmmakers will be selected to pitch to an Al Jazeera commissioning editor. The call is open to projects at any stage of development or production. Each selected filmmaker will have a maximum of seven minutes to pitch their film, with an additional seven minutes allocated for feedback and questions from the Al Jazeera commissioning editor.


Interested parties should send not more than:

  • A one-page synopsis of their film
  • A one-page biography of the filmmaker and producer, including complete contact details (Skype contact, telephone number, city of residence, home and work addresses)
  • One page of further background information and/or visual treatment of the subject.
  • Links to previous works and promo of proposal, if available.

Send To: with Al Jazeera Pitching Forum in the subject line

Submission Deadline: On or before 4pm (South African time), Thursday, 27 April 2017.
*Any submissions that do not follow the strict page limitations will be disqualified.


Projection equipment will be provided for those that have DVDs or other visual presentations to augment their pitch. Selected applicants who cannot attend will be able to participate via Skype.

The Pitching Forum has been highly successful in creating opportunities for filmmakers; last year Al Jazeera commissioned two one-hour documentaries from projects at the forum.

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