Call For Applicants - Creative WhatsApp Residency



Are you an artist? A movie director? A sound engineer? A crazy geek? Or just a creative mind?
Are you ready to experiment and collaborate on a multidisciplinary project?


IFAS is looking for artists from the audio and/or visual fields (cinema, theatre, animation, digital, music&sound, visual arts, spoken words etc...) as well as digital creatives (programmer, geeks etc...) to enter its first artistic residency in new media!
The team of creatives will work during the month of October under the mentoring of French multimedia production experts, to give life to the story of a South African writer. Their collaboration, mixing various fields, will allow to illustrate, animate and give voice to an original story, using WhatsApp as a medium and creative tool, and will lead to the creation of a "WhatsApp book".
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this collaborative residency will happen remotely and therefore participants from any region of South Africa can participate.

This is the second call for application regarding the Creative WhatsApp Residency. The first call for application was aimed at writers and can be found on that link: Innovative Storytelling Residency.
Successful applicants from both calls will work together during the residency.


The residency covers:
- residency allowance of 5000ZAR
- data bundles


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


September 15th. 2020


How to Apply:

Applicants should:
- 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.


Applicants must submit:
- a maximum one-page cover letter,
- a CV
- a portfolio or any links to previous work and project the applicant has been part of

→ Send all the documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "WhatsApp Residency" as the subject.


About Novembre Numérique:
Novembre Numérique, the international festival of digital cultures, is organised 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 professionals. 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.