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Chance to pitch your film idea

The N.E.W Pitch

The N.E.W Pitch short documentary pitching competition is aimed at discovering the next generation or nature, environment, wildlife and adventure conservation filmmakers, and is one of the key sessions at the Nature Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) taking place from July 16-18 at Durban Botanic Gardens and surrounds.

In the picture: NEW Pitch Winners 2017 with their winning concepts selected by a judging panel of industry professionals at last year’s event. Left to right: Shivan Parusnath: Illegal Trade in South African Reptiles, a focus on the Sungazer Lizard; Fidel Tshivhasa: Seeking Giants, a story about Humpback whales along Durban’s coastline; Thembelihle Ngidi EnviroChamps):  Edendale…Valley of Flowers, Birthplace of Rivers; Mikhale Singh: Leap of Faith, A story about the endangered Pickersgill’s Reed.

The deadline for applications for this year has been extended to June 10 to include as many hopefuls as possible.

During the congress, the eight finalists will be invited to participate in a pitching session before a live judging panel. From these four winners will be selected to win R50 000 to develop and produce their documentary short film.

Emerging and student filmmakers

The four winners will have access to mentorship during the production of their shorts. The films need to be completed within a year, and the four films will be combined into a once-off 48-minute TV documentary, which will be broadcast on national television.

The N.E.W Pitch is targeted towards emerging and student filmmakers to provide them with pitching experience and the opportunity to win a production grant to produce a short documentary film in this genre.

To pitch for your documentary – register on the NEWF online portal and enter the N.E.W Pitch competition with all the necessary supporting documentation.

Visit to enter, for submission requirements, guidelines and more information or visit the NEWF Online Portal to enter now. Deadline is 10 June.

Registration is now open for this year’s Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers congress. Visit for more info. Delegate passes can be booked and paid for later.

For more info email or contact Pragna on 064 294 0669.


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