Last month we invited IPO members to apply towards the IPO’s five nomination slots offered to us by Film Independent for the 2024 Global Media Makers Residency in LA – an incredible opportunity!
Since its launch in 2016, Global Media Makers has become a significant filmmaking network, connecting visual storytellers from around the world with leading USA entertainment professionals, through specially tailored mentorships, workshops and master classes. The Residency programme has brought more than 150 film, television and new media makers to Los Angeles from 21 countries across Africa and Asia. GMM-supported projects have been produced and premiered at top international film festivals including Cannes, Tribeca and TIFF.
We received an impressive selection of quality pitches from filmmakers around the country, and thank each of you for your submissions. After careful review we are proud to announce we nominated the following members to Film Independent, who will now undergo the full application process through GMM during September. We are delighted to have been able to offer this opportunity to our valued IPO members!
Lungile Mayindi (Writer/ Director/ Producer)
Project title: CANCELLED, Genre: Psychological thriller
Devon Delmar & Jason Jacobs (Writer & Director team)
Project title: PLANTJIES, Genre: Creative documentary feature
Stephen Nagel& Morgan Morris (Writer/Director & Producer team)
Project title: MURDER CAPITAL, Genre: Neo-Noir murder mystery
Dineo Lusenga & Karabo Lediga (Producer & Writer/Director team)
Project title: COCONUT, Genre: Coming-of-age drama
Eric Says (Producer/Director
Project title: THESE ARMS, Genre: Feature Documentary
Dineo Lusenga responded to the nomination, saying, “It would be a huge honour to be a participant at the 2024 Global Media Makers Residency program, as I believe that the experience, mentorship, networks, and opportunities of collaboration will go on to benefit not only this project, but many others which we will embark on in the future. This opportunity does not only present itself as a development program for one project, but it is truly an investment in building long careers in film. It is a great privilege to be nominated for such a wonderful opportunity. ”
From Stephen Nagel; “to the incredible individuals at the IPO behind this nomination, we’re grateful that you saw something in this story worth rooting for. It’s validation of our passion for storytelling and filmmaking. We believe in the power of cinema to impact lives, and we’re grateful for this nomination that may enable us to further contribute to the art that we hold dear.”
Lungile Mayindi said, “This project means a lot to me and being nominated by the IPO is just beyond amazing, I am really honoured and super excited!“
Further IPO members nominated by a previous Residency fellow include;
Thami Ngubeni & Jeffrey Fidelis (Producer & Director team)
Project Title: WOLF OF SUNNYSIDE, Genre: Episodic Crime Series
Lauren Clifford-Holmes & Luthando Tshaya (Producer & Director team)
Project Title: MASTERS OF MUTHI, Genre: Investigative Documentary Series
Kudi Maradzika (Writer)
Project Title: DEATH AND ALL ITS FRIENDS, Genre: Comedic Drama Feature
Mark Engels (Producer)
Project Title: MASINGA, Genre: Crime Thriller Feature
We wish you all best of luck and hope to see you on the final selection list!