Solanke to work on local film adaptations

THE Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (Icapa) Trust is inviting talented writers to submit applications for the Film Adaptation workshop to be held from August 18 to 22 as part of the annual International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF).

Tinashe Sibanda

As part of ongoing efforts by Icapa to raise the standards in film development, they are urging Zimbabwean playwrights and storytellers to take this opportunity to develop their adaptations intensively under the guidance of Nigerian world-class screenwriter and story analyst Adeola Solanke.

“This is a much-needed skill that we hope will inject new life to our locally produced screenplays and give rise to a new generation of writers,” said Women Film Makers of Zimbabwe public relations officer Charmain Mujeri.

Adeola Solanke is the founder and creative director of Spora Stories, developing and producing high-quality, entertaining, socially engaged plays and films about the African Diaspora.

Her first stage play Pandora’s Box, which had its world premier at London’s Arcola Theatre in May 2012, was nominated best new play in Off West End Theatre Awards.

Pandora’s Box buzzes with life and the tensions of real people struggling to make the best of their lives, while dealing with the legacies left from the choices made by a previous generation.

Solanke is a former Hollywood script evaluator who was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California (USC) where she gained an MFA in Screenwriting from the Film School, and also holds a post-graduate diploma in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College, London, and an honours degree in English Literature from the University of Sheffield.

“With an impressive CV to her name we hope the workshop participants will fully utilise this opportunity and contribute to the enhancement of our local arts sector,” said Mujeri.

She added that the objectives of the five-day workshop were to equip filmmakers with a set of skills to allow them to approach adaptation with confidence and expertise as they move forward in their careers.

Mujeri said recent adaptation works include the successful film Half of A Yellow Sun, authored by Chimamanda Adichie and adapted into screenplay by Biyi Bandele.

To apply, interested participants must submit:

A summary of the literary work they want to adapt for
the screen. They should include the name of the author, the nationality of the author and the publication history if the literary work is published. Unpublished works for adaptation may be accepted.

Reasons for wanting to adapt work for the screen (250 words), Curriculum Vitae and a summary of literary writing, screen-writing and filmmaking experiences (250 words)

Applications should be submitted to projects Enquiries may be directed to 04- 862355 or 0772335451. Interested participants should source material covered will include short stories, novels, news and deadline for submissions is July 15 July.


  1. CraaP,Everything Matching to Nigerian standards is craap,I’m one writter who is fighting to write way off nigerian highway…..3million movies same old story….I hate nigerian Films

  2. Its quite awesome to know that the film industry needs to be elevated maybe our Media will become vibrant again. Also hopefully positive messages can be conveyed rather than merely Entertainment, but they must not be pedagogic also rather the two combined, its quite a good initiative

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