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04 August 2011

WGSA Workshop


Dear WGSA Members, -Fans and –Friends

You are hereby invited to attend the WGSA workshop on 13 August 2011, 9h00 for 9h30, at AFDA, 41 Frost Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg. (Map attached)

The WGSA is proud to announce a special workshop for writers and film makers on “How to Make a Successful South African Movie”. Headlining the workshop is veteran South African producer and executive producer André Scholtz, who is renowned for producing many of the extremely successful Leon Schuster movies, among them “You must be Joking”, “Sweet’nShort”, “Oh Shucks, it’s Schuster”, “Oh Schucks, here comes Untag” and “Panic Mechanic” to “Oh Shucks, I’m Gatvol”, which he co-produced with Schuster. Among his latest releases are “Rainbow Skellums”, Angus Buchan’s “Ordinary People” and “Ek joke net”, which he executive produced for the Film Factory.

He will be joined by Samuel Frauenstein of Phoenix Rising Media, who will give a presentation on product placement and how it works in South African. Product placement is an indirect way of advertising often already selected at script stage, which allows marketers to place promotional ads for real commercial products and services in feature films, television programmes or other media. The money paid for this advertising can then be used by the producers as part finance for their film or TV programme.

As crowning glory to an already fantastic workshop, André Scholtz has agreed to an open pitching session, where writers will be given the opportunity to pitch their movie ideas directly to him. Every writer will have up to 10 minutes in an open forum to promote and possibly sell their projects. While André’s preference lies with Afrikaans comedy, he is happy to consider any South African high concepts ideas which can be made on a reasonable budget.

Writers who wish to participate in the pitching session are requested to book their time by emailing our administrator Thea with their name and contact details, as well as the title and genre of the project to be pitched. Every pitch must be accompanied by two copies of a leave-behind – a one page synopsis of the project which also bears the writer’s full contact details. If there is interest in the pitch, WGSA will assist their members in concluding a possible deal.

The WGSA strongly advises all participants to protect their copyright by registering their projects with a reputable company or mailing a sealed, registered copy to themselves before they do a public pitch, as WGSA cannot be held responsible for any breach of copyright in a public forum.

Bookings are essential and close on the 11th of August 2011.
To reserve your place, send an email to
Payments can be made at our offices or direct transfer to the WGSA bank account (internet or cash payments).
WGSA members – R150.00 per person, and Non-Members pay R300.00.

WGSA banking details:

WGSA-General Account
Standard Bank, Melville
Branch No: 006105
Account No: 203745612
Please use your name and surname as reference

Kind Regards,

EJ (Thea) Aboud
Writers' Guild of South Africa

Mobile: 082 575 6901
Office: 011 888 4349
Email: /
Office Address: 125 3rd Street, Linden
NPO registration: 081-261

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