Swazi Observer - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Ayanda Dlamini

HERE’S your time to shine, film­mak­ers.

Zam­bezi Magic, which is on chan­nel 160 on the DStv bou­quet, is look­ing for five new film con­cepts, which de­pict the au­then­tic African ex­pe­ri­ence that will al­low the chan­nel’s au­di­ence to es­cape into a fresh and ex­cit­ing world.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued to this pub­li­ca­tion yes­ter­day, the con­cepts of the films should touch on in­ter­est­ing uni­ver­sal themes, pos­i­tive African ex­pe­ri­ences, while stay­ing true to the spe­cific world it de­picts. “It should touch on so­cial com­men­tary with­out be­ing too di­dac­tic. This con­cept should de­liver laugh­ter, tears and cre­ate an un­par­al­leled emo­tional con­nec­tion with the au­di­ence. At the core of our new films should be unique and new sto­ries, dif­fer­ent from our cur­rent slate,” reads the state­ment. The African chan­nel is look­ing for film mak­ers from the King­dom of Es wa ti ni, Zam­bia, Zim­babwe, Malawi, and Botswana. The film should be 60 to 90 min­utes with cul­tur­ally rel­e­vant and spe­cific to the set­ting of the story.

Also, the themes should cover real life ex­pe­ri­ences like love, hope, be­trayal to men­tion a few in­ter­est­ing top­ics.


“The pro­posed drama should have a unique, fresh and ex­cit­ing treat­ment of the above men­tioned themes.

These con­cepts should be fam­ily friendly and in­spi­ra­tional yet re­main rooted in story and en­cour­age ap­point­ment view­ing,” reads the state­ment.

Char­ac­ter bi­ogra­phies for the main char­ac­ters in­clud­ing their traits, goals, needs and flaws as well an in­di­ca­tion of re­la­tion­ships are also needed.

Pro­pos­als should be no longer than 10 pages and an es­ti­mated bud­get. Dead­line for sub­mis­sion is on Novem­ber 19 and sub­mis­sion por­tal is:


Zam­bezi Magic, chan­nel 160 on DStv, is a hy­per chan­nel that of­fers a mix of African pro­duced con­tent for six mar­kets in South­ern Africa (Zam­bia, Zim­babwe, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, and Eswa­tini).

Since the birth of the chan­nel in 2015, Zam­bezi Magic has grown from strength to strength in its con­tent by of­fer­ing fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment that show­cases the best in lo­cal movies, mu­sic, soaps, sit­coms, life­style shows and doc­u­men­taries.

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