Film Commission

Closing date 31/12/2018

Brief Details

Channel: Zambezi Magic (Channel 160)

Film Duration: 60 - 90 mins



Compact - Zambezi Magic (channel 160) Audience

General Entertainment audience

Primary: 25-35 Age group

Secondary: 25-40 Age group



Culturally relevant and specific to the setting of the story


Editorial Guide

Zambezi Magic (channel 160) is looking for five new film concepts, which depict the authentic African experience. That will allow the audience to escape into a fresh and exciting world.   

The concepts/s 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.


Creative Requirements

Thinking outside of the norm, while staying true to the authentic nuounces of the SADC region: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana.

  1. The characters should be relatable
  2. The themes should cover real life experiences like love, hope, betrayal etc
  3. The proposed drama should have a unique, fresh and exciting treatment of the above mentioned themes. Replicas of ideas/storylines that already exist are not accepted.
  4. The stories should reflect the true authentic stories of the region.
  5. These concepts should be family friendly and inspirational yet remain rooted in story and encourage appointment viewing.


Submission Requirements

  • Brief synopsis of the concept, including a Controlling Idea.
  • Dramatic Question, Premise, Logline
  • A statement of intent 
  • A clear and powerful world of the story.
  • Character biographies for the main characters including their traits, goals, needs and flaws as well an indication of relationships.
  • A summary of the main characters arcs/journeys
  • An estimated budget.


Please note that only submissions from the following countries are accepted: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana.


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