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Call for Writers - Innovative Storytelling



Have you ever heard of a WhatsApp Book?
Are you ready to experiment and collaborate on a multidisciplinary project?
All you need is a story!


Description :

IFAS is looking for an original idea for a story/scenario to be developed in order to create a WhatsApp Book.

The selected story project will be developed in collaboration with other artists of various fields (visual art, film, sound, theatre, digital art) during a creative residency that will take place in October 2020. Due to the COVID-19 crisis this collaborative residency will happen remotely and therefore participants from any region of South Africa can participate.

The successful applicant will see his/her project developed by a team of creatives under the mentoring of french multimedia production experts. The successful applicant will receive a compensation fee as well as a fee for the story copyright.

The WhatsApp Book will be presented to the public in November 2020 during the Novembre Numérique programme.

How to Apply:

Applicants should:

    have their work published at least once (book, newspaper, blog, TV series or film)
    be English-speaking,
    be South-African citizens or permanent residents
    be willing to work with digital mediums.
    open to collaboration and mentorship
    be available to develop the project during the month of October 2020.


Prospective writers must submit:

  •     a maximum one-page letter of motivation,
  •     a CV
  •     a script sample in English of no more than a combined 5 pages, preferably demonstrating an ability to write for teenagers in the action, comedy or romantic comedy genre.
  •     certificate of authenticity (click here to download the form)

→    Send all the documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Innovative Storytelling” as subject.

Deadline : 1 September 2020


Any Questions? - look at this FAQ video!


About Novembre Numérique:

Novembre Numérique, the international festival of digital cultures, is organized by the Institut Français and the French cultural network abroad, on all five continents. In Johannesburg, Novembre Numérique is a series of creative events to connect French and South African artists, experts, young talents and professionnals. For this second edition IFAS decided to program 1 writing residency about new media and literature, 1 Animation Jam and 1 Game Jam.


About IFAS:

The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is the cultural agency of the Embassy of France in South Africa, one of 96 French institutes in the world. It comprises three departments, operating in the cultural, audio-visual and research sectors. IFAS notably organizes and supports artistic events at different venues and festivals throughout the country, thanks to strong local partnerships. IFAS is a platform for cooperation, which encourages cultural diversity and exchanges between South Africa, France and the rest of the African continent. From performing arts to visual arts, from digital to literature, all aspects of culture are covered.

At the French Institute of South Africa, we strive to share the best of French and Francophone culture with South Africans and to promote South African artists on the international scene.

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