“TV is a responsibility, not only in entertaining people, but using this medium of television in positive ways to teach people and enlighten people.”

 

MULTIPLE TELEVISION PROJECTS CAN BE SELECTED EACH YEAR, DEPENDING ON THE QUALITY OF APPLICANTS IN EACH APPLICATION CYCLE AS DETERMINED BY OUR SUPERVISORY BOARD.

How the FILM FUND works for Television Content Origination?

Whether you have a stand-alone TV pilot screenplay or a fully packaged television project seeking production finance, we want to consider it for our film fund.

If your aspirations are solely to become a produced screenwriter, you can rely on The Write Project to package your script with a talented director and in-house production resources with cash financing, judged on a case-by-case basis, depending on each project’s budget and needs as determined by our Expert Committee of industry professionals.

The Write Project is offering production funding twice per year to talented filmmakers for great drama and comedy TV pilots for cable and online streaming platforms. We also accept web series, non-traditional series pilots as well as reality television concepts that display originality, vision and exceptional potential.

Production funding for television series will vary from R10,000 per minute to R25,000 per minute depending on the scale and merit of each project. This includes creative development from The Write Project team and production guidance and resources from associated partners.

“A TV script lives and dies by its concept: The core ideas behind the show that will make people want to watch the pilot and keep watching the series.”

 

 

Applicants have two ways to submit a television project:

 

  • A Spec Pilot — this has to be a completed TV script written on spec for an original show you’ve created from scratch. The most important element is that you bring your voice to the project. Include a one page cover letter that expresses your vision for your project.
  • A Concept — this is only applicable for reality shows. Submit a pitch document in which you communicate the unique and important moments in the show, in a very efficient and original manner. Establish your originality of the format and content proposed.

Know these five words and phrases before you pitch your project;

Self-Contained ▪ Arced ▪ Format ▪ Docu ▪ Hybrid

Use them right and we’ll know exactly what kind of show you’re pitching.

It’s not a good idea to pitch reality concepts if you don’t have something or someone real attached.

Application Fees & Deadlines
Application Deadlines Regular: 15 September 2020 Final: 31 October 2020
TV Pilot (one-hour) R500.00 R750.00
TV Pilot (half-hour) R400.00 R600.00
Reality Concepts R300.00 R400.00
Application Fees & Deadlines
Regular: 15 September 2020
TV Pilot (one-hour)
R500.00
Final: 31 October 2020
TV Pilot (one-hour)
R750.00
Regular: 15 September 2020
TV Pilot (half-hour)
R400.00
Final: 31 October 2020
TV Pilot (half-hour)
R600.00
Regular: 15 September 2020
Reality Concepts
R300.00
Final: 31 October 2020
Reality Concepts
R400.00

Ready to be a part of The Write Project?

We’re looking forward to reviewing your application. Rules and eligibility apply.

Application Guidelines

• The two application periods for the following 12 months are as follows —
• Winter 2020 Funding Cycle opening July 1st, with a regular deadline of September 15th, and a final deadline of October 31st.
• Summer 2021 Funding Cycle opening February 1st, with a regular deadline of April 15th, and a final deadline of May 31st.
• Funding will range in size from R10, 000 per minute for a television project. Funding amount will be determined by the Supervisory Board.
• Applications are accepted via electronic submission only.
• Application fee for each project is from R300 to R500 before the regular deadline of each cycle, and then from R400 to R750 until the final deadline of each cycle.
• Application must include both a spec pilot script and a cover letter from the writer, or a pitch document for reality concepts.
• There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
• Applications must be received on or before the deadlines and application fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission.
• All submissions are final and application fees are non-refundable.
• All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s). Plagiarism is a very serious offence.
• Material must be submitted by the author or owner of the material. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, but all writers must be credited on title page.
• Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are not allowed. Please proofread your script very carefully before submitting.
• Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.

Eligibility

We welcome applications from South African residents only.
• Only complete scripts in English will be accepted.
• The project is open to all writers over the age of 18 years old.
• All material submitted to other competitions and/or grant programmes are eligible for submission.
• There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
• Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
• We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
• Adaptations are eligible, as long as the underlying rights are owned by the writer or director or the work is in the public domain.
• Scripts must be in generally accepted industry-standard formatting as a PDF file. Any popular software may be used for formatting, such as Final Draft, Celtx, WriterDuet or Fade In.
• All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

 

Project selection is twice per year based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) story structure; (iii) characterisation; (iv) visual inventiveness; and (v) overall viability for world-class film festivals and/or online distribution. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the Supervisory Board’s verification of eligibility. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of the Supervisory Board. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.