Storytelling has been an African tradition for generations. So one would think the transition from oral to screenplay would be seamless. However, screenwriting is a disciple lacking in South African film industry.
It is encouraging to see companies like Urucu Media investing in African screenwriting talent. A press release from Urucu Media calls for submissions for REALNESS: “A Pan African screenwriter’s residency which aims to provide the continent’s most promising emerging writing talents the necessary time, space and support to develop their unique cinematic vision.”
Investment into African storytelling is needed to finally get our scripts onto the international screens.