International jury for DISCOP Joburg pitching competition

A jury of local and international industry experts will be choosing the winners of the DISCOP Johannesburg annual pitching competition on Thursday, 3 November. The 12th edition of DISCOP Johannesburg, the continent's largest film, television and multimedia content market, takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 2 to 4 November.

Sitting on the pitching competition jury will be experts from Turner Broadcasting, StarSat, Quizzical Pictures, the SABC, Rapid Blue, AfriDocs, Endemol Shine, Viacom International Media Network, e.TV, Animation SA, Cinebar Studios, Restless Global, Rous House Productions, Uhuru Productions, Media 24 VIA Channel and Fremantle Media.

A winner and runner-up in each of 4 categories of popular TV genres - series, documentaries, formats and animation - will be announced at the end of the competition, with the following great prizes up for grabs:

For each of the winners, a Huawei P9 Handset from Huawei Technologies SA.
In the animation category, a US$2 000 1st prize and $1 000 2nd Prize plus mentorship from Turner Broadcasting.
In the series category, a US$2 000 1st prize and $1 000 2nd Prize plus mentorship from Cinebar Studios.
In the documentary category, mentorship from project development to rough cut and distribution for the winner and runner-up from AfriDocs.

In the formats category, use of Rapid Blue's studio for a full day, with lights, four cameras, basic audio and a control room and mentorship for the winner and expert mentorship for the runner-up from Rapid Blue.

Winners and runners-up will also receive complimentary producer market badges and meeting tables for DISCOP Abidjan and DISCOP Johannesburg 2017, along with a host of other prizes including mentorships and international accreditation.

Entry in any/all of the categories is open to all producers registered for DISCOP Johannesburg. The submission deadline is 14 October. Twenty producers will be selected and notified by 19 October, and will receive the following promotional support at the event:

A designated space on for promoting their nominated projects.
Promotion of their projects on all social media platforms associated with DISCOP Johannesburg and the pitching competition.

10 VIP invitations to the pitching competition award ceremony on 4 November.

A "How to Pitch" coaching session at 3pm on 2 November, the day before the pitching competition.
A 10-30 minute, one-on-one preparation session with a pitching professional during the course of the day on 2 November.

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