Input 2008 host, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, with the CBA-DFID Broadcast Media Scheme, the UK Documentary Filmmakers Group, the Thomson Foundation and Mosaic Films have announced that they will host a two day workshop for documentary filmmakers.

Made in Africa is a unique training project aimed at giving international broadcast production opportunities to new and emerging documentary filmmakers across the continent of Africa. The initiative will be launched at INPUT 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa with a workshop.

The aim of the workshop is to give up to 300 documentary filmmakers the following:

  • A better understanding of the editorial and creative requirements of UK, European and International broadcasters, in terms of short documentaries, longer format factual programming and news/current affairs pieces
  • An understanding of international documentary feature film finance, including editorial and creative requirements and funding schemes/opportunities that are available
  • An improved understanding of what global broadcasters and funders really want to know about programme projects and the people making them
  • An opportunity to learn how to make a written proposal more sellable and to better understand the importance of the pitch - and how to avoid some of the more common pitfalls
  • Explore the rich history of African storytelling and locate its relevance in the 21st century Broadcast environment
  • To enhance the development of personal marketing skills and core business skills for programme makers.

This workshop is aimed at emerging filmmakers from all over Africa who wish to acquire or develop their skills with regard to international production of documentaries, storytelling, and how to develop and pitch ideas internationally. According to the organisers this invitation is extended to all directors and producers of documentary films who feel they may benefit from this workshop.

For more information please download the attached brief.

Download the Made in Africa brief 96kb