28 February 2022

Opportunity Description

2022 Queer Writers Incubator Mentorship Opportunity

Queer Writers Incubator, in partnership with Free Film School, and supported by the National Arts Council has opened its applications for its 2022 mentorship programme. 4 writers will be chosen and assigned a mentor with whom they will work closely to develop their short film idea from concept to script over a 6 week process. Writers will also attend in person workshops with Free Film School.

Mentorship starts mid April 2022 and Runs for 6 weeks. Mentees will meet regularly with their mentor either in person or online and be expected to attend once weekly saturday workshops from 9am – 4pm from 30 April until 28 May in Mowbray, Cape Town. All other work can be arranged based on mentees other professional commitments.
Travel to Cape Town and accommodation not provided.

Applications are open to graduates of the 2021 Queer Writers Incubator, or any writer who can motivate their readiness for this opportunity.

NB story ideas must be suitable for a short film, ie 10-15 pages/10-15min maximum.

About the organisations:
Free Film School is a film and arts education co-operative, that aims to provide alternative, accessible and decolonised skills-sharing between established and aspiring filmmakers, writers, artists and activists in South Africa. Since launching in 2019 with a series of screenings and workshops across the Greater Cape Town Area and later transitioning online into “Lockdown Film School” during the pandemic in 2020, in 2022 FFS is re-launching weekly, in-person classes at Bertha House, creating a community hub for ongoing, holistic, sustainable education in the long term.

Follow @freefilmschool on Instagram and view the full programme here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Gdy2ksl5vVmZ9bt-maUyrXrbaQVVJhYI/view

Femmeprojects is a registered NPC that seeks to apply an intersectional and interactive approach to educating and empowering youth with mentorship, upskilling, education and access. We focus on Comprehensive Sexual Education, Sexual Health, Career Choices, Consent, Mentorship and creating an inclusive holistic way of learning in an interactive age appropriate safe space. An all queer and of colour led organisation that is determined to teach, uplift, help empower and continue to create change. Please see www.femmeprojects.org.za for more information.

Made possible by the National Arts Council of South Africa.

How to Apply

Applicant should be:

  • a person of colour
  • identify as queer (LGBTQIA+) and or gender non conforming
  • be under 35 years of age

Submission requirements:

  • CV
  • Bio
  • Story Idea in the form of:
  • Log Line
  • Character/s
  • World of the Story
  • Answer the questions: Why this story now?/ Why me to tell it?
  • A short scene (optional)

Mentees will be given a stipend to allow them to meet the milestones required and engage at a professional level in the programme. Data and transport stipends will also be available on a needs basis.

Deadline for submission is 28 February 2022

The Producers of QWI agree not to use any of your original work in any form without your written consent. These submissions will not be shared beyond the selection panel without your written consent.

Please visit www.queerwritersincubator.co.za to read more about the 2021 programme and to see the kinds of mentors writers can expect to work with.

NB story ideas must be suitable for a short film, ie 10-15 pages/10-15min maximum.

Application Form: https://forms.gle/zgM1FeXS6aBFnsTGA
Deadline for submission is 28 February 2022