Realness Institute Celebrates Sundance Win And Extends Call For 2020 Applications

Prestigious Win for Realness Alum

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s (Realness 2017) THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION, produced by Urucu Media’s Cait Pansegrouw and Elias Ribeiro competed in Sundance Film Festival’s World Dramatic Competition section to critical review.

Realness Partners Cait Pansegrouw, Mehret Mandefro and Elias Ribeiro, with Realness Alum Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho) and Fanyana Hlabangane (South Africa) at Sundance Film Festival.

“Delicate and strong, this director told a little story of resistance and made it universal,” said the World Dramatic Competition Jury. “The composition of images, the visual phrase and the story of this film moved us. One of the most beautiful films of our Sundance 2020.”

This is the first film produced from Realness African Screenwriters’ Residency and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Visionary Filmmaking.

Realness Institute Programs’ Deadline extended to FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Realness Institute has been designed as a platform that caters to the full spectrum of the production line in a way that can push the African film industry forward. Core to the program’s development is the view that African cinema is a central market in the new sphere of the global cultural economy.


The Realness Screenwriter’s Residency is dedicated to providing African film projects with the support and resources needed at the critical development stage of a film. The programme ensures that talent is given the space to mature their work, such that they develop films that can compete in the international film finance market, travel and appeal to international audiences.

Realness offers a natural environment that allows filmmakers to stretch their creativity and drive their craft under mentorship from industry experts. The residency takes the form of a six-week stay at the Nirox Foundation situated in the scenic Cradle of Humankind in South Africa.

Who is this for?

Filmmakers with distinct voices and perspectives, who are devoted to their craft and have a steadfast passion for cinema. Filmmakers with feature fiction film treatments and/ or scripts that are at least 60% filmed on the African Continent.

Creative Producer Indaba is a year-long professional development programme, providing emerging producers with the necessary tools and leadership skills to pursue their craft, as well as capacity to operate sustainable businesses at a strategic level.

Who is this for?

Producers (with and without projects) from Africa; producers from North America and Europe with an interest in co-producing with Africa,

Film Professionals from other disciplines such as distribution, international sales, funding bodies, institutions, broadcasters and development executives with a stake in the African marketplace.



TO APPLY, submit your completed application to [email protected]

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:

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