South Africa’s Showmax Launches Open Call For Live-Action Films From First-Time African Filmmakers  

South African streamer Showmax has partnered with the Joburg Film Festival to launch an open commissioning brief. This is to the African film industry calling for pitches to fill a slate of 10 live-action films.

All submitted proposals must have a first draft screenplay and be set in contemporary Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, or South Africa, with a first-time director attached who is a resident or citizen in those countries.

All official Ghanaian, Kenyan, Nigerian, and South African languages are welcome. The final films should be more than 40 minutes which is in line with the SAFTAs Best Made-for-TV Movie Award category.


Story pitches are required to be in English and recorded as a video that is no longer than five minutes. Showmax said the pitch must also include short bios of the writer, director, and producer. A concise summary of the story, including the ending; an introduction to your lead characters and a discussion of your chosen genre and stylistic approach, with visual references.

Submissions will open on February 1 on Showmax’s website. Entries close on April 1. The selected projects will be announced in the second half of 2023 and screened on Showmax in 2024.

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