THE FEDERATION OF AFRICAN SCREENWRITERS

The WGSA will host the inaugural Federation of African Screenwriters Conference and Festival on 22 and 23 November 2019.

WHAT IS THE FAS CONFERENCE?

The Conference is designed to establish the Federation of African Screenwriters. The idea behind FAS is to empower performance writers throughout Africa by bringing them together from all corners of the continent to share and learn from each other. Content discussed over the two days will include working conditions for writers, contracts, rates, and bargaining strategies. Countries that have writers representative bodies will be present, and for those who do not, the Federation will assist them to start their own writers’ guild. Together we are stronger!

The Festival is an opportunity for all attendees to learn and network. It will feature workshops, panel discussions, pitching sessions, and film screenings. It will culminate with the 2019 WGSA Muse Awards ceremony. 

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?

The conference is running three streams concurrently over two days. They are;

STREAM ONE: Federation of African Screenwriters Business

STREAM TWO: The Art of Screenwriting

STREAM THREE: The Business of Screenwriting

THE LINE-UP FOR THE CONFERENCE

FAS SCREENWRITER BUSINESS

An Introduction to FAS

Fighting for Better Working Conditions for Writers

The FAS Vision & Mission – Strategic Session

Forming a Guild in your Country

The FAS Core Strategy – Strategic Session

Capacity Building – Strategic Session

The Election of the FAS Board

THE LINE-UP FOR THE FESTIVAL

THE ART OF SCREENWRITING

Story Telling in Africa

Adapting True Stories

What Sells in Todays’ Market

Multi-platform Challenges

Story-lining Masterclass

Harnessing History & Indigenous Stories

Challenges Facing Showrunners

Creating Enduring & Engaging Television

Audio Description

THE BUSINESS OF SCREENWRITING

How to get/become an Agent

Woman Warriors of the Web

Turning Your Idea into a Script that can Sell

Games & New Media – Funding & Opportunities

Copyright – Creator Rights and Exploitation

How to Take Notes Effectively

Markets for African Stories

MUSE AWARDS ENTRY SCREENINGS

To be confirmed once the Muse Award entries are closed.

PITCH YOUR SCREENPLAY

IN “THE LIONS DEN”

Instead of pitching your story to individuals, you will pitch your story to a panel of producers; all at the same time.  This allows you to concentrate on giving a great pitch and allows the executives to interact and be competitive with one another. If they like your idea, they will give you their contact details for further discussion.

Our “Lion’s Den” Pitch Sessions promise to be the most exciting five minutes you’ll spend at the FAS Conference. It’s your chance to get unprecedented access to producers and representatives of broadcasters, studios and streaming companies. Prepare to make an impression, and you may even sell your screenplay.

See our list of who is expected to be on the panels at each of these sessions.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND?

THE EARLY BIRD PASS – Available before 1st August only

R 1 500.00 (This includes 5 free pitching sessions)

R 2 000.00 (This includes 10 free pitching sessions)

THE STANDARD PASS – Available from the 1st August

R 2 500.00 (This includes 5 free pitching sessions)

R 3 000.00 (This includes 10 free pitching sessions)

HOW DO I REGISTER TO ATTEND?

Please ensure that you have your banking details handy before you click on the link below. Your application will be automatically rejected if you do not pay on submission of the registration form.

REGISTER HERE