THE APPLICATION

A written application as well as a completed live-action, narrative feature-length film or episodic television pilot script are required (see below for details).

Semi-finalists will be invited to a live (online) interview.

To Apply

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Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application;
  • Must be both a citizen and a current resident the designated African country;
  • Must have professional writing credits in either narrative feature film or narrative episodic television. International credits a plus;
  • Only individual writers will be accepted at this time. No writing “teams”.

Selection Criteria:

  • Each submission will be reviewed by members of the IWL Selection Committee;
  • The top fifteen applicants will be invited for a “live” interview by video with the Selection Committee;
  • The top five applicants will be determined after the interview and invited to participate in the Lab.

Submission Requirements:

  • A fully completed application form (available in the coming weeks through this website);
  • A completed narrative feature-length film or pilot episode script in the English language saved in PDF format;
    • Scripts must be the original work of the applicant and the applicant must be the sole writer. We strongly suggest that applicants copyright their materials with the appropriate authority in the territory (legal consultation recommended);
    • If based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation or rights agreements to the Lab. Neither the Lab nor its partners investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By submitting an application, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights;
    • Scripts cannot be spec scripts for existing programs or have been submitted to other Fellowship programs for either grants or development;
    • Scripts must be unencumbered by option agreements, distribution agreements, co-production agreements, or any other limitations;
    • Each applicant may only submit one script; and
    • No script fragments, treatments, synopses, stage plays, book excerpts, digital series, shorts, animated projects, or documentaries are eligible and will not be accepted.

Please do not submit any additional documents or information not specifically requested. The selection committee will only consider the items requested.

All materials submitted remain the intellectual property of the applicant.

Please submit any questions to: writerslab@iwlafrica.com

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