AiF FilmArt 2022

ACCRA INDIE FILMFEST X MEDIATHIRSTY

AiF FilmArt 2022 is a film incubation program, supported by the British Council, for those already in the business of filmmaking who need supported opportunities to develop their craft.

This Accra Indie Filmfest and Mediathirsty Productions partnership will give 30 underrepresented emerging screenwriters in the UK the opportunity to collaborate with young filmmaking teams in Ghana. 

At the end of the program, two short films will be produced and premiered as part of Accra Indie Filmfest 2022 to a live audience. These films can also be submitted to other film festivals to increase their visibility beyond Accra Indie Filmfest.

This program is designed to foster cultural and experiential exchanges and birth new narratives.

AiF FilmArt 2021, courtesy of Accra Indie Filmfest ©

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UK screenwriting workshop hosted by Mediathirsty

  • This is an open call for underrepresented emerging screenwriters residing in the UK to submit synopses of completed short screenplays of no longer than 10 pages. 
  • We are looking for stories that address or represent issues relevant to present day Ghana. We are specifically looking to challenge traditional stereotypes and tropes associated with the presentation of Africa or Africans on screen. Stories should feature one or two characters and have one or two locations. 
  • Our judging panel will select 30 screenwriters to attend the workshop.
  • The workshop will take place online over two days, with masterclasses taught-by industry screenwriters and development executives.
  • Ten shortlisted writers/writing teams will receive tailored feedback and asked to submit a full script of their story.
  • Two screenplays will be selected for production by the Ghanaian filmmaking workshop participants.

Full details of the filmmaking workshop in Ghana are available on the Accra Indie Filmfest website https://accraindiefilmfest.org

Screenwriters timeline

24 January 2022
Open call.
18 February 2022
Submission deadline.
28 February 2022
Selected participants notified.
16 & 17 March 2022
Workshop (2 days).
11 April 2022
Ten shortlisted writers (writing teams) announced.
25 April 2022
Two screenplays selected for production in Ghana announced.

FAQ’s

Who can apply?To take part in AiF FilmArt 2022, you need to have an idea for a short film, and some experience (for example, you’ve had at least one short film produced or you have at least one year’s experience working in film/TV industries).
You also need to be over 18, live in the UK and from a Black, Asian or multicultural background.
Do I need to submit a full script to apply?To apply for the workshop you will need to have a completed short script of no more than 10 pages. The actual application form requires a synopsis of this script.
What if my story is set in the UK?Your story should be relevant as a Ghanaian narrative and easily adaptable if was originally set elsewhere.
How many participants will be selected for the workshop?From submissions, our judging panel will select 30 screenwriters to attend the workshop.
Where will the workshop take place?The workshop will take place online over two days in March 2022. Masterclasses will be taught-by industry screenwriters.
How many scripts will be shortlisted?Ten shortlisted writers or writing teams will receive tailored feedback and asked to submit a full script of their story.
How many scripts will be produced?Two screenplays will be selected for production in Ghana.
Will there be a formal agreement in place for use of my script?Option agreements will be provided for selected screenwriters to sign prior to final scripts being forwarded to the filmmaking teams in Ghana.
Can a team of writers apply?
A maximum team of two writers for a single project can apply. Each writer will need to apply separately.
Will there be an opportunity for me to receive tailored feedback about my story idea?
The ten shortlisted screenwriters will have the opportunity to receive tailored feedback.
As a shortlisted screenwriter, will there be a chance for me to develop my story?We encourage screenwriters to develop their scripts in light of  the knowledge gained during the masterclasses. Shortlisted screenwriters will be invited to re-submit full scripts by the 4th April 2022.
How much will the screenwriting workshop cost to attend?
The screenwriting workshop is free to attend.
Will it be safe to discuss my ideas in the workshop?All selected participants are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to the workshop.
If selected, will I be able to communicate directly with the filmmaking team in Ghana?
Selected screenwriters will meet virtually with the filmmaking teams to fully develop ideas in pre-production. Screenwriters will need to be available for these calls.
Can I apply for the filmmaking workshops?The filmmaking workshop is only open to Ghanaian residents. Recordings of the filmmaking workshops will be made available online at a later date.

Apply

As part of the application below, you’ll be providing information on your creative background and why you would like to be a part of this workshop. 

This workshop is for UK residents only. There are limited spaces available, so please only apply if you’re able to attend both workshop dates (16th & 17th March 2022).

We will not be able to accept any late submissions.

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Application Form