I. Nigerian Director’s 30-Second Trailer Contest
The first and only Nigerian film festival in the Francophone world, NollywoodWeek Paris, is holding a competition (nollywoodweek.com/30-second-trailer-contest/) to find an up and coming filmmaker to create its festival trailer for the next edition of the festival to be held in June 2015.
NollywoodWeek Paris is a four day film festival that showcases feature films from Nigerian directors and producers, subtitled in French, to an international audience to give these films a broader exposure in this new market. Past guests included Rita Dominic, OC Ukeje and Chris Attoh and notable directors such as Kunle Afolayan, Mahmood Ali-Bagoon and Tunde Kelani. Now its your turn to be among the pros!
Before March 15, 2015, please submit a storyboard or script of your proposed trailer for the festival’s third edition to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winning proposal will be announced and the producer will turn their script or storyboard into a 30-sec trailer which will be posted to the festival’s website, youtube channel, Facebook page, on French television and shown before each screening during the festival. This is a great opportunity for filmmakers to get noticed by the top directors of Nollywood and the French media industry.
II. Forecast Mentorship Platform Call for Artists
Skills e. V., a cultural association based in the German capital, Berlin and that promotes international talents of various disciplines–artists, curators, designers, composers, architects, performers–is inviting applications for its Forecast 2015/2016 mentorship platform from creative talents based in any part of the world.
“We want to invite talents to participate at our Forum and Festival at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, which will take place in August 2015 and in February 2016. Here, renowned mentors like the curator Catherine David or the architect Jürgen Mayer H. will promote the participants and help them showcase their project for an international audience. The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as the Goethe Institute support Forecast,” says Freo Majer, Artistic Director of Forecast.
Referring to the initiative as a “unique opportunity for talents of all disciplines”, Majer says “Artists, curators, designers, composers, photographers, performers or architects from all over the world are invited to collaborate” with one of their six renowned mentors.
“Whether you’re studying, starting your career or exploring new methods that need an open space, inspiration and encouragement – tell us what you have in mind! Forecast does not impose any restrictions on the application process: No matter your age, education, gender, cultural, religious or national background – what counts are your ideas alone. As an admitted participant of Forecast you will benefit from a travel allowance and a production budget to realize your project. Your advancement being the core of our interest, we will do our utmost to support your individual career,” Forecast says.
While details on the project are on the forecast-platform.com website, the deadline for application is March 31, 2015.
III. University of London Scholarship for Students from Conflict Zones Available for Application
The Cultures of Resistance Network is excited to announce the second year of the Cultures of Resistance Scholarships at SOAS: 2015-16 (culturesofresistance.org/SOAS-scholarship).
This scholarship is designed to give a chance to students from war-torn countries to study for a Masters degree at the University of London, SOAS. Through this program, we hope to allow students who have been affected by civil wars and foreign military occupation to return to their home countries in the future as leaders in the fight for human rights and the promotion of grassroots democracy.
The online scholarship application form will become available on February 16, 2015.
The application portal will open on February 16, 2015 on the SOAS scholarship page.
The deadline for applications will be March 20, 2015.
Thanks to a collaboration between the Cultures of Resistance Network and the American Friends of SOAS (AFSOAS), two postgraduate scholarships will be available in 2015 – 2016 at SOAS, University of London. Each scholarship is valued at £15,000 in total. Fees will be deducted from this amount and the remainder will be used toward maintenance.
In addition, each scholar will benefit from a 20% reduction in their tuition fees, from free accommodation at International Student House (ISH) and food vouchers to be spent in the ISH restaurant.
The scholarships will benefit people from countries that have been affected by conflicts and extreme poverty. This program embodies the values of the Cultures of Resistance Network, which seeks to empower and enrich communities—especially those that have been affected by civil wars and foreign military occupation—through the promotion of human rights, justice for victims of war crimes, and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.
Security conditions permitting, scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply their knowledge and skills for the betterment of their societies. In the case of refugees or those fearing repression and censorship in their home countries, we expect that they will seek employment/work/study abroad toward the aim of improving the future of their home country and that of its citizens. We hope that scholarship recipients will pursue careers that, among other things, promote universal human rights, international law, equal justice for all, and the enrichment of civil society and robust grassroots democracy.
NOTE: To apply, interested students must first submit a complete on-line application to their chosen course as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship. Both of these are actually contained within the same on-line form/process, but it is important to note that the deadline for submission of applications to the scholarship is 17:00 GMT on Friday, March 20, 2015. Full details about the process can be found on the SOAS scholarships pages here.
Although priority will be given to students resident in Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Kashmir, Kurdistan, the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tibet, Western Sahara, Yemen, West Papua and Papua, the scholarship programme is also open to students resident in the following countries/territories:
Algeria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chechen Republic, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, East Timor, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Golan Heights, Georgia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
We encourage applicants from countries that are not on the priority list to explain how their experience of conflict in their home countries contributes to their application and how their anticipated program of study reflects the mission of the scholarship.
In addition to holding (or being expected to obtain) an undergraduate degree at the first class degree level or country equivalent, eligible candidates must have applied to pursue one of the following degree programs at SOAS, University London, preferably four weeks before the scholarship closing date but no later than the scholarship application deadline:
· MSc in Development Studies with Special Reference to Central Asia;
· MSc in Globalisation and Development;
· MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development;
· MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development;
· MSc in Development Economics;
· MSc in Political Economy of Development;
· MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies;
· MA in Dispute and Conflict Resolution;
· MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development;
· MA in Human Rights Law;
· MA in International Law;
· MA in Law, Development and Globalisation;
· LLM in Dispute and Conflict Resolution;
· LLM in Environmental Law;
· LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice;
· LLM in International Law
· Part-time programmes are not eligible.
Candidates must have an offer of admission to pursue a full time eligible programme by the scholarship closing date. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirements as soon as possible.
An Advisory Panel consisting of three academic members will assess candidates on academic merit. The assessment of each application will be based on degree results and also on academic references, statement and other relevant information.
· You must submit a complete online application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
· Applications must be received by 17:00 GMT on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
· Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Notifications of Results
Successful candidates will be notified by the end of July. If you have not heard by the end of July, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.
The application portal will open on February 16, 2015 on the SOAS scholarship page.
Please note: Due to limited staff and resources, we regret that we will not be able to respond to email requests about the scholarships. For general inquiries about applying for postgraduate programs at SOAS, please contact the SOAS postgraduate admissions office. For specific inquiries about the scholarship, please refer to the application portal.
IV. Lola Kenya Children’s Screen Call for Short Movies
Lola Kenya Screen invites short (maximum 30 minutes) animation, fiction, documentary and experimental films from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, eastern Congo-Kinshasa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia for her screening, discussion and networking forum that runs at Goethe_Institut in Nairobi every last Monday of the month. Creatively packaged music videos and video games are also acceptable.
Details on the lolakenyascreen.org website and social media (Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Flickr) @LolaKenyaScreen
V. Berlinale Residency 2015/2016 programme Call for Applications
Writer/Director teams from around the world have till March 16, 2015 to aply for the Berlinale Residency programme.
The Berlinale Residency programme supports writer/directors from around the world, who have already enjoyed their first festival and cinema successes, in developing their new fiction, documentary film or cross-media projects.
The three-month Berlinale Residency programme will take place from September 1 to November 30, 2015.
The Berlinale Residency offers the filmmakers a great working atmosphere, monthly sessions with renowned script mentors and social events with fellow filmmakers. Their producers receive input from widely experienced industry professionals and support in preparing and packaging the selected projects for the international market in a workshop towards the end of the Residency programme. The filmmakers and their producers return to Berlin in February for the Berlinale Co-Production Market where they present their project to potential co-producers and financiers.
The Berlinale Residency gives three filmmakers the opportunity to maximize the potential of their projects and to find their audiences, without limiting the creative qualities of the stories they want to tell. The writer/directors receive three monthly grants of 1.500 Euro each, enabling them to live and work in Berlin for the duration of the programme.
The selected writer/directors commit themselves to living in Berlin for these three months. The attached producers commit themselves to participating in a workshop in Berlin from November 20 to 22, 2015, and to present the project at the Berlinale Co-Production Market in February 2016.
Eligibility criteria include:
You are a writer/director
· who has already directed a feature-length film which screened in the official selection of a renowned major international festival (such as Berlin, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice etc. )
and / or
· who has finished a film which – was presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market; or – participated in Berlinale Talents’ /Talent Campus’ Script Station, Doc Station or Talent Project Market; or – was supported by the World Cinema Fund.
· The project with which you apply is a new feature-length project for theatrical release (fiction, documentary, cross-media) in advanced stages of development (a second or third draft of the script must be available in English).
· The project is written and to be directed by you.
· A producer is already attached to the project.
· Your producer has to commit to join you for a workshop in Berlin, including preparation work.
· You and your producer have to commit to presenting the project at the Berlinale Co-Production Market in February 2016.
· The content, topic and setting of the project are entirely open.
· You are fluent in English.
Details on berlinale-residency.de
VI. 2nd Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies Conference Call for Papers
The Department of Literature of Makerere University in Uganda and the Department of English of South Africa’s Stellensbosch University are Calling for papers from literary and cultural studies researchers and scholars, artists and journalists interested in the greater Eastern Africa to reflect on the forces of nationalism, trans-nationalism, regionalism, trans-culturalism, globalism, geo-politics, mobility and other cultural processes that have been evolving in the region over the last millennium.
The 2nd Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies Conference that is scheduled for August 20-22, 2015 in Makerere University, is a follow-up of the East Africa at 50: A Celebration of Histories and Futures, held at the University of Nairobi in Kenya in September 2013 and shall be held on the theme, “Textualities of Space: Connections, Intricacies, and Intimacies.”
The conference seeks to challenge state-led cartographies of the region and provoke discourses that render borders more porous.
Among the topics to consider include:
i). Eastern Africa in the global arena
ii). Transculturalism, transnationalism, regionalism
iii). Identity and hybridity
iv). Miscegenation and the mixed-race
v). Anomalous groups: diaspora, migrants, refugees or exiles
vi). Nationalism, autochthony, city, cultural productions
vii). Travel: sea, rail, land and air
viii). Life or self-narrative
ix). The language question
x). Citizenship, belonging, legitimacy
xi). Print culture: magazines, literary journalism and cartooning
xii). Popular imaginaries: music, film and orature
xiii). Experiences of war.
Abstracts of no longer than 250 words for papers that engage with the topics and issues above and related concerns are invited for consideration. Preference will be given to those with strong Eastern African themes. Abstract are to be emailed to email@example.com by January 31, 2015.
VII. Durban FilmMart 2015 Call for Project Submissions
The annual Durban FilmMart (DFM), that has just celebrated five years as a leading film co-production and funding market in Africa, is calling Africans to submit their film projects for 2015 DFM selections.
“We look forward to the submissions for next year’s DFM and encourage African filmmakers to take a chance and put themselves out there,” says Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty.
DFM has worked with 95 official projects making their debuts at the four-day event in Durban over the past five years. Many DFM alumni have secured further funding grants and screened at film festivals around the world, establishing DFM as a key platform for budding African filmmakers to propel their filmmaking careers.
DFM 2015 will select 10 fiction feature and 10 documentary feature projects in development to participate in the 6th DFM taking place July 17-20, 2015.
Interested African filmmakers are encouraged to submit their projects by February 15, 2015. It is important to note that all projects must have a producer and director attached.
Details on DFM 2015 project submission criteria and how to submit one’s project is available on durbanfilmmart.com and further inquiries could be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
VIII. Youth Groups Wanted for International Young Performers’ Tours
Creative Connections, a US organisation, is looking for quality dance, singing, instrumental music and theatre/drama youth groups from around the world, who would like to be selected for upcoming International Young Performers’ Tours.
Successful applicants are given the opportunity, over a 10 -18 day USA tour, to share the richness of their dance, music, storytelling and culture with thousands of elementary, middle, and high schools students and teachers in New York and Connecticut. The groups give school performances and conduct classroom workshops at schools and art centers.
During the tour youth performers and two adult chaperones live with local families in their homes in Fairfield County, CT. Creative Connections provides air and land expenses, including medical insurance, for each member of the group.
Troupe members will be ambassadors for their country during their US tour. The International Young Performers’Tour furthers Creative Connections‘ mission to connect young people in the US with their peers around the world to foster greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of one another’s cultures.
To view highlight videos of recent touring troupes, go to creativeconnections.org/art-collection/iypt-videos.php