KykNET opens film pitching session

By Content Nigeria reporter
May 5, 2023


South African network kykNET, which broadcasts in the Afrikaans language, has announced a pitching session for storytellers at the 11th kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival this summer.

Waldimar Pelser

The festival, to be held from August 23 to 26 at the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town, screens films in any genre, focusing on Afrikaans productions.

In addition, categories exist for films or documentaries in other languages. The festival also offers networking opportunities, topical panel discussions and skills development workshops for industry professionals and newcomers.

Movie makers, film fanatics and storytellers are invited to submit a TV or streaming show concept proposal in a specific category ranging from drama series to documentary, reality and entertainment shows and advertiser-funded programming. The dialogue in the shows must be 100% Afrikaans.

The kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival will also showcase several new local full-length features and 15 short films in various genres.

KykNET is part of M-Net owner MultiChoice and proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the M-Net content hub commissioning editors. The top 15 concepts in each category will then be evaluated by the content and channel heads and the top five participants in each category will take part in a live pitching session during the film festival.

Waldimar Pelser, M-Net’s director of premium channels, said: “The Silwerskerm Film Festival plays a seminal role in the sustainability of the local film and television industry as it’s the launch pad for high-quality films as well as the careers of bright and promising storytellers. We look forward to hosting the festival in August again – the month festival goers have become accustomed to.”

The last day for submission of proposals is June 6. For details on how to apply, click here.