Showmax Commissioning Open Movie Brief

Closing date 09/06/2022

Showmax is a streaming service that offers a variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, Showmax Originals, kids shows & Sport. We continuously strive to grow the film and TV industry by developing talent in front of, and behind the camera, and propel the launch of local and international careers.

What we are looking for:

Showmax is seeking exciting movie proposals from Kenyan filmmakers with a refreshing creative take and with a strong commercial edge. Ideal genres are mystery/thriller/crime. Not Action.

We are accepting proposals for a feature movie that will be 90 minutes in duration and in these languages: English, Swahili.

Proposal Requirements:

  • Logline: summary of the story (no more than 30 words).
  • Plotline (Ensure the highlights all the key plot points from the beginning to the end)
  • Character bios of main key characters – NOT MORE THAN 4. (Their goals, needs, desires and weaknesses)
  • Mood-board: Picture collage that gives us a glimpse on how your film will look like in terms of cinematography and production design, mood, and tone.
  • Company profile &Team: Who are the filmmakers behind the project? What have you done previously? Who will be doing what?
  • Preliminary Budget: How much will it cost to produce the movie at each stage?
  • Showreel: A link to your showreel or sample of your work, no longer than 3 minutes.
  • References: Please include contact details for three references. References cannot include M-Net personnel.

Any complete scripts will only be requested from shortlisted filmmakers.

Presentation must not be more than 15 slides.

Technical and editorial standards required will be set out in the production agreement.

Showmax will have the final editorial and creative control over all aspects of the Commissioned Movie.

The Evaluation/Selection Process:

Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email notification. Only shortlisted applications will be invited for pitches.

Our selection process will take roughly 12 weeks. If you don’t hear from us within 75 days after submissions deadline, consider your application unsuccessful.


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