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EDiT (article first published : 2005-04-19)

M-Net's EDiT (Emerging Dynamics in Television) competition is back in 2005, seeking entries from non-professional student filmmakers. EDiT is a learner-based initiative created to provide emerging film and television talent with genuine production opportunities within a "real world" television environment. Launched in 2000, the project seeks to identify gifted learners and enhance their production portfolio. Entries close on May 11 2005.

Carl Fischer, Head of M-Net Local Productions, says that the EDiT initiative was launched to nurture grassroots talent. "M-Net has always provided a good mix of top-quality international entertainment and award-winning local content. Initiatives like EDiT, New Directions, and the M-Net Original Movies project aim to develop all levels of the South African film and television production industry. We are committed to ensuring that the industry produces content of the highest quality," says Fischer.

A panel of M-Net production experts will review all submitted proposals, and select ten, each of which will be awarded R40,000 each to produce their programming. This initiative is open to students at tertiary institutions, who are in their final year of study or post graduates. It is also open to individuals who are doing their apprenticeship or are interns at production companies. They need not have produced programming before. The best of these ten will be broadcast on M-Net in South Africa and Africa. Prizes will also be awarded in recognition of outstanding creative talent. All winners will receive a combined cash and learner-opportunity prize.

Entries may be submitted in the following categories: Narrative Drama, Unscripted/Reality and Documentary. Winning submissions will be announced on May 31, 2005.

Commissioning Editor Bongiwe Selane has been particularly impressed with the quality of programming produced over the last few years. "Only 6 submissions were selected for EDiT 2004, and the production values and standards were incredibly high. It seems that the standard of teaching in film and television has improved tremendously. Previously you could almost tell which schools were going to win, but over the past year, every project had that special something about it which gave us great encouragement," she says.

Closing date is May 11. Entries may be submitted to: EDiT, M-Net Local Productions, Magic Centre Reception, 137 Hendrik Verwoerd Drive, Randburg, 2194

Information is also available online at www.mnet.co.za




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