Entries for South Africa’s Next Top Filmmaker 2012 closed in August, and over 250 entries and more than 70 proposal submissions of proposals later, a winner has been selected by the independent panel of judges, who shortlisted 15 semi-finalists, and eventually 3 finalists, who were selected and sent off to develop their pilots with their mentors.
Skip ahead to today, as reported by ScreenAfrica, Nompumelelo Tshabalala (photo above, center & photo left) has been named the winner of the South Africa’s Next Top Filmmaker 2012 competition, for her reality show pilot, Look At Me Now! described as a humorous series in which a “Fashion Police Officer” walks the streets looking for individuals guilty of fashion crimes.
For her efforts, Tshabalala has won a year’s internship with Quizzical Pictures.
The winner was announced by at a function held at Keystone Productions in Johannesburg on October 11.
Launched 3 years ago, the competition’s creator (Kirsty Galliard) said her reasons for creating it are because…
“I always get loads of calls from youngsters wanting to get jobs in the industry. So I started begging my clients to take interns and in 2010 initiated the SA’s Next Top Editor competition. Last year we changed the competition to SA’s Next Top Filmmaker. I approached Quizzical Pictures as they already had an internship programme and are regularly flooded with CVs.”
And later Endemol, the world’s largest independent production and distribution company, with subsidiaries and joint ventures in 23 countries, came onboard.
As far as criteria for the competition, entrants should have less than three years of experience in the entertainment industry.
The theme changes from year to year, and this year’s theme for the competition was “reality” given how popular that brand of entertainment has grown to become.
The panel consisted of Mariki Van der Walt and JP Potgieter from Quizzical Pictures, Anton Burggraaf from Ochre Moving Pictures and Tracy-Ann Van Rooyen and Bev Ditsie from Endemol South Africa.
The other 2 finalists were Mondli Magenuka and Tebogo Kgakoa (photos above).
Congratulations to the finalists and of course the winner of the competition; all 3 names are now officially on my watch list, as we may be hearing more about, and seeing more work from them in the future. So remember their names.