Deadline: April 14, 2017 12 midnight Harare time

Are you working on a feature film script? Are you working on a short film script? Are you interested in adapting an African story for the big screen?

If you answered yes to at least one question, then this could be your opportunity. Applications are invited for a bilingual (English and French) scriptwriting residency to be held in Senegal in May 2017.

Applicants should apply with a CV (maximum 250 words), a motivational letter (maximum 200 words) and ONE of the 3 listed below:

  1. A first draft of the script and a one page synopsis


  1. A treatment for the screenplay and a one page synopsis


  1. A one page synopsis for a screenplay based on a short story. The short story must be chosen from the stories at the following links;

Applicants who choose option three should include a 200 word motivation for your choice of story.

Successful applicants

  • Should be in a position to spend 4 weeks in Dakar in May 2017.
  • Will have the opportunity to take either French or English lessons during the residency

Both Franco-phone and Anglo-phone applicants are welcome and women are encouraged to apply and men are welcome.

The residency is part of the The African Women Film- Maker’s Hub, a network of African women film-makers in West, East and Southern Africa.

This is joint initiative between the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA) and Writivism.

Applications should be sent to projects@icapatrust.org and copied to Africanwomenfilmmakershub@gmailcom

All applications in French should be copied to Karonika Productions at karoninkaprod@yahoo.fr.

Deadline: 31 March 12 midnight Harare time



  1. […] The roots of the script-writing residency can be traced to writer, filmmaker and ICAPA Director, Tsitsi Dangarembga’s key note address delivered at the 2015 Writivism Festival in Kampala. During the festival, she stressed the need to collaborate among African arts initiatives. In 2016, she chaired the panel of judges for the annual Writivism short story prize and that is when the idea of the script writing residency was hatched. Mr. Kyomuhendo A Ateenyi, Director of Writivism, and CACE co-founder comments: This is yet another opportunity to widen the consumption of literature on the continent, this time round exploiting other media. We believe these initiatives are very good for the development of literature and the arts as a whole. We are thankful to ICAPA for this opportunity. Ms Dangarembga comments: When I started asking films back in the last millennium, it soon became clear to me that one of the biggest barriers to filmmakers learning and sharing was language. I wanted to relearn French to address that challenge in my personal career, but did not have the opportunity. Serving on the Grand jury at FESPACO in 2015, I realised that while more Africans are making films – a good thing – this increase in content is not necessarily accompanied by an increase in the quality of story-telling. It occurred to me that there was a win-win opportunity waiting to be exploited in adapting our literature with its well-developed characters, plot and structure to film. This workshop, possible through the visionary support of the Ford Foundation, is the first step in what I hope will become a movement bringing African literature to Africans and the world through film and consequently increasing readership of the literature. The deadline for receiving applications is March 31, 2017 and the full call for submissions is available here. […]


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