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Monday, June 27, 2011


The home of local programming - Mzansi Magic - is calling for project submissions on low budget feature film projects from KwaZulu-Natal to be developed into 60 to 90 minute films and aired on the channel.

With Mzansi Magic’s focus still firmly set on boosting the local film industry, the channel has collaborated with the Durban Film Office (DFO) on this project and the DFO will facilitate the call for submissions. The DFO is the film industry development arm of the City of Durban, operating under the auspices of Economic Development Unit of eThekwini Municipality.

“The DFO has prioritised the development of emerging filmmakers with programmes such as the Producers Lab, which is an incubation programme for film sector SMMES in partnership with the SmartXchange Technology and Innovation Hub. Facilitating this call-out for Mzansi Magic is a continuation of our efforts to develop young filmmakers in Durban”, states Toni Monty, Acting C.E.O of the DFO.

Mzansi Magic will consider commissioning ten projects for development based on the calibre of projects submitted. Mzansi Magic’s Channel Manager, Lebone Maema, and Commissioning Editor, Nirvana Singh, say: “Selected projects will have the opportunity to hone their scriptwriting skills by participating in script development workshops facilitated by Yizo, Yizo 1 and 2 co-creator/writer and Jerusalema associate producer, Mtutuzeli Matshoba and stand a chance to be made into a Mzansi Magic feature movie”.

In order for their projects to be considered, filmmakers should submit a title page, a one-to-three page synopsis. Complete screenplays will be a definite advantage.

The title page of the project must show the Story Title, the name of the author, author's ID and Contact details (The title page must not be decorated)

Submissions must be in Mzansi Magic offices by 16h00 on July 15, 2011.

Submissions to be emailed to and or posted to Magic Centre Reception, 137 Bram Fischer Avenue, Randburg, 2194, Johannesburg.