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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AiF FilmArt 2021

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.

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.

Screenwriting selection committee

Akua Gyamfi

Akua Gyamfi has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. In 2012 she founded The British Blacklist a platform that celebrates the talents of British Black creatives across Screen, Stage, Literature, and Sound. She also produces podcasts Your Aunties Could Never (popular culture, and TBB Talks (interviews with Black creatives from around the globe).

Akua is co-creator/co-exec producer and host of the industry round table series The Circle. She is also an executive member of the S.O.U.L. Film Festival, an annual event that showcases the best of Black filmmakers and content creators from the UK and the wider Diaspora. 

Tony Asankomah

Tony Asankomah is one of Ghana’s foremost film critics and contributor to film discussions – a rotten tomatoes accredited film critic, creative writer and Founder for GhMoviefreak.com, Ghana’s premier film review and promo website. He’s also the CEO of startup, Xscape Digital Consult.

Tony is a film aficionado and an astute believer in the prospects of Ghana’s film industry. GhMoviefreak.com was founded on the premise of providing a digital platform that encourages the patronage and growth of film, cinema and theater culture in Ghana. 

Janet Marrett

Janet Marrett is the founder of Mediathirsty Productions, an award-winning writer, director and producer of independent films, with a history of also producing campaign, museum & heritage and marketing films. As well as across the UK, her work has screened internationally in Singapore, Kuwait, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Ghana, the USA & Canada.

Janet is a BFI NETWORK x BAFTA CREW filmmaker particularly passionate about highlighting stories featuring diverse ethnicities; with inclusive talent both in front of and behind the lens. 

Evan Eghan

Evan Eghan is an award winning actor, director, screenwriter and film producer working in Ghana, Nigeria and Germany with over 30 films including feature films, TV shows, Theatre Productions, short films and Radio/TV Commercials.

He is the founding director of Accra Indie Filmfest, an international short film festival held in Ghana. Accra Indie Filmfest is established as a core platform creating opportunities for young and emerging filmmakers across the globe. Evan aims to use film as a tool for social change. 

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AiF FilmArt 2022 screenwriting masterclass speakers

Baby Isako

Baby Isako is a British screenwriter and producer focused on writing for screen, stage and audio. Her first play Love Is A Losing Game sold out 15 show at the Charing Cross theatre. Baby is best known as the creator and writer of the SKY television series Venus Vs Mars.

Baby has worked with Netflix, SKY, BBC, and Lime Pictures just to name a few, she is currently writing an original drama for Sky  and developing her first feature film with Green Door Pictures and, It’s A Lot Productions.

Kiah Elijah Simpson

Kiah Elijah Simpson is a development executive who has worked across several creative sectors including film, TV, theatre & video games as well as for institutions such as Creative UK and MIF. He developed and launched the annual Factory Academy broadcast & film production programme and reads scripts for the BFI.

In early 2021, he joined UK-based production company Buffalo Dragon where he is currently developing a slate of feature film and TV projects with lead producers.

Victoria Thomas

Victoria Thomas started her career as a producer, specialising in international co-productions between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa across documentary and fiction. She is Course Director for the MA in International film Business at London Film School and a visiting lecturer at London Film School, National Film and Television School, Southbank University, University of Greenwich and London Film Academy. 

As a screenwriter, her original screenplays have been shortlisted for the Oscars Nicholls Fellowship, Sundance Screenwriters lab. She is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents and EAVE. She serves on several film juries for a variety of awards and festivals including Sunny Side Of The Doc, Durban International Film Festival, the BIFA’s and sits on the advisory board of Film Africa and the steering committee of ARTEF. She is a voting member of BAFTA Scotland and BAFTA UK.

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AiF FilmArt 2022 screenwriting workshop 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, even if it was originally set elsewhere.
We are looking to disrupt perceptions of what a story set in Ghana can be. Do you think your story has the scope to be set in Ghana? If yes, then apply.
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.

As part of the application process, 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).

Applications close at 6pm on the 18th Feb 2022. We will not be able to accept any late submissions.

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