Netflix: Screenplay Writers From Africa Needed—Apply Now!

Netflix: Screenplay Writers From Africa Needed—Apply Now!

Are you an aspiring screenplay writer? South African-based Realness Institute, a company focused on supporting African content, recently announced a partnership with global streaming service Netflix to create an Episodic Content Development Lab for writers in the region.

This partnership is looking to select 6 writers to work on projects that will be developed and commissioned by Netflix. If you make the cut, we will soon be watching your work on Netflix! Pretty cool huh? The lucky writers will be paid a stipend of $2000 per month to participate and will be expected to be available full time for a period of 3 months, from June to September 2021.

Speaking of the partnership, Kenya’s Dorothy Ghettuba who is Netflix’s lead for African Original Series says, “At Netflix, we believe that great stories come from anywhere and can be loved everywhere. We strongly believe that Africa has a wealth of untold stories,” adding, “As we grow our slate of Originals in Africa, partnerships with organizations like Realness will help us achieve our goal of investing in writers who will bring diverse genres of authentic, local stories that cater for every mood and will ensure our members see their lives reflected on screen.”

This opportunity is open for writers with film and TV experience in any film genre and will be open for submissions here.



The Episodic Lab, presented by the Realness Institute in partnership with Netflix, invites writers from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa, with authentic and original stories of all genres, to apply to the Episodic Lab.

The lab will take place online from 1 May – 31 July 2022, where selected writers will work on developing pitch documents for their story concepts.

Six writers will be chosen to spend 3 months in a ‘writers room’ where they will work with a story consultant and a creative producer to fully develop their story concepts into an episodic pitch. Along with creative training, writers will receive feedback from the Netflix team.

A monthly stipend of $2 000 will be paid to participants to cover living expenses as they dedicate their time to the process.  For the last week of the lab, writers will gather at Farmhouse 58, in the Cradle of Humankind (South Africa) to pitch their incubated story to Netflix for possible further development.


  • Open to writers from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa
  • Writers with experience in either film or television
  • If writers is part of a writing team, only one writer - the applicant, will be able to participate if selected
  • Story Concept must be set in Kenya, Nigeria or South Africa
  • The language of the story must be in English and/or a local language
  • Open to all genres
  • No producer / production company attachment necessary


Applicants must complete the online application form at

Applicants will also be required to pay a submission fee of 30 Euros via Paypal

We open for applications on 22 November 2021 and close on 13 January 2022 at midnight Central African Time (CAT).

If you have any questions about the programme or application process, email

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