WOMEN Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ) have called on female writers to submit scripts with strong female protagonists that would be considered for production of films.
BY ARTS REPORTER
The scripts should be submitted ahead of the February 28 deadline.
WFOZ programmes and projects co-ordinator Karen Mukwasi said their endeavour was to empower women to be recognised in the male-dominated film making industry.
“We are calling for film scripts from women film makers in the Southern African Development Community countries like Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi to tell their stories unlike the current situation where most of the films are done by men,” Mukwasi said.
Preference will be given to films with a few characters and locations, while the suitable scripts should be between one hour and one hour 20 minutes long and the sole property of the applicant, she said, adding that successful scripts will be produced for a prominent African television channel.
Founded in 1996, WFOZ operates as the women’s department under the Institute for Creative Art for Progress (ICAPA) which is a merger between WFOZ and its sister company, Nyerai Films.
The organisation aims to bring women’s issues to the attention of the cinema viewing and television watching public, while at the same time increasing the participation and production capacity of women locally and regionally in the audio-visual industry.
WFOZ has over the years engaged in various industry-related activities including founding the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) in 2002. IIFF, the only women’s festival south of the Sahara, has become an integral part of the local and regional film calendars and is a focal point for WFOZ’s activities.