Realness Institute In Partnership With Netflix Calling For Screenwriters

Realness Institute in partnership with Netflix is excited to open the submissions for the Episodic Lab and Development Executive Traineeship (DET) 2022. This is the 2nd edition of the program that was launched last year.

The Episodic Lab is a development program that accords Kenyan, South African, and Nigerian screenwriters in any genre with an opportunity to develop their original story ideas. DET on the other hand is curated for mid-career industry professionals who are looking to enhance their skills as story consultants.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Realness Institute for the 2022 edition of the Episodic Lab and Development Executive Traineeship (DET). The development, nurturing, and support of talent pipelines gives new voices a chance to be heard. This is key for Netflix as we contribute to the growth of the film and TV industry and honor our commitment to the African creative community.” Noted the Netflix Manager for Grow Creative Africa Allison Triegaardt.

According to Realness Institute, 425 and 79 submissions were received for the Episodic Lab and DET respectively in the inaugural edition. Just like last year’s program, this edition will select 12 participants (six per program). They will receive a monthly stipend of USD 2,000 during the incubation period to cover living expenses as they focus on their concept development while being mentored.

While there is no guarantee that any proposal will be developed further by Netflix, this opportunity will allow them the opportunity to pitch to Netflix executives. 2021 Episodic Lab alumnus Kudi Maradzika (Zimbabwean-South African) pitched an idea for a comedy-drama that has been selected for further development.

Submissions are ongoing, click here to register. For information on eligibility are available as follows:

Are you up for the task? Hurry and make your submission before 14 January 2022.

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