Cape Town Film Market: The WGSA Pitch Program – Entries Open

In its second year, the Writers’ Guild of South Africa in collaboration with the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival will once again present a scriptwriting pitch program. A two-day pitching forum for feature film scripts and projects will take place at the Cape Town Film Market, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, October 10-13.

After the success of the WGSA Pitch Program 2017, the Writers’ Guild is again seeking developed and production-ready projects from both experienced and emerging South African writers. The forum is open to both WGSA members and non-members.

Selected projects will be pitched to local and international experts over two sessions. Pitches will be narrowed to a final round, where international festival programmers and consultants will award prizes, including production sponsorship to the value of R200,000, script and project consultancies and international festival strategy consultations.

Writers of the selected projects must take part in a WGSA Pitch Readiness Session, which will be held in major cities prior to the Market. This session is external to the Cape Town Film Market and carries a nominal cost of R300 for non-members and R150 for WGSA members. All attendees of the WGSA Pitch Readiness Session will receive two complimentary Cape Town Film Market Badges, worth R1000.

Applicants must submit the following materials to have their project considered for selection for the Scriptwriting Pitch Program:

  • Motivation / Introduction of the project (300 words)
  • One Page Outline, including title, logline and synopsis.
  • Full feature film script
  • WGSA Script Registration number (recommended). See more information HERE
  • Biographies of writer and any key attachments: director, producers, production companies, etc.
  • WGSA Membership details (where applicable)
  • Budget top sheet and production schedule (where applicable)

Materials are to be submitted via email to
Deadline 14 September.
Projects selected for the WGSA Pitch Program will be  announced on 21 September 2018.

The WGSA and the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival are committed to transformation and empowerment within the industry.

Applicants may apply for a waiver of payment for the Pitch Readiness Workshop, which will be considered on a case by case basis.  Please supply a one page letter of motivation for the waiver.

From 10 -19 October, 80 Feature Films, 20 documentaries and 66 short films will be screened at various venues at the V & A Waterfront. Full schedules and ticketing information can be found  on the the website,

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is proudly hosted by the City of Cape Town.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: Instagram: IMDb: