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Youth Documentary Project Call for Directors

The Youth Documentary Project is initiating a long-term developmental and production workshop, which will enable young South African filmmakers to direct a collective feature-length film.

Screen grab from My Vote is my Secret
screen grab from My Vote is my Secret

The workshop is open to skilled or emerging filmmakers, born in the late 1980s or later. Documentary experience is recommended but not required.

What is of importance is the applicants’ vision of South African realities and the manner in which they express this.

The filmmakers will proceed by immersion, settling within the different spaces and communities that make up South Africa, close to the heart of the country and its people.

The Youth Documentary Project is a French and South African project initiated by JBA Production (Jacques Bidou & Marianne Dumoulin), with the co-operation of the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the support of Arte France.

The Youth Documentary Project is an extension of the Cinema Direct Workshop (active in Johannesburg from 1984 to 1994) whose filmmakers directed South African Chronicles (1988) and My Vote is my Secret (1994).

The initiative was produced by JBA Production and Arte (the French and German public television channel). Both films won awards in international festivals.

The Youth Documentary Project will be based in Johannesburg, but filming locations are not restricted to the city.
Jean-Loïc Portron, Director, will conduct the project with the support of Producers
Ramadan Suleman, Bhekizizwe Peterson (Natives At Large) and Neville Josie (Jungle Works).

Participation requires fulltime commitment and availability.
Accommodation and transport will be provided.
Details regarding contracts, accommodation, transport and other support will be provided once the participants have been confirmed.

Submission Requirements:
- Applicants must send a one-page synopsis, the theme of which is: “What true story would you tell a stranger living abroad, so they could grasp a South African reality 20 years after the first democratic elections?”
- Applicants must also submit a CV and, if available, a portfolio of previous work as well.
- Selection will be done after an interview process.
- Deadline: 21-07-2014
- Applications should be submitted by email to: Jean-Loïc Portron at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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