I have written fourteen feature screenplays and six stage plays to date, as well as numerous short films. I've written and produced six plays (and directed two) and taken each one to the Grahamstown Arts Festival, all with funding from the National Arts Council.
I was supervising producer on two M-Net EDiT Award- Winning Films, Smile (2006) and Commando (2007), written and directed by Johann Hyman and Stephen de Villiers respectively, while lecturing at UKZN.
A full-length feature film I co-wrote, White Lion, premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2009 and was released internationally in February 2010.
My stage play A Matter of Time was unanimously declared the winning entry by all three judges of the Olive Schreiner Award 2008.
I offer an online Scriptwriting Course which has attracted students from across the world.
I have my Masters in English (Cum Laude) which dealt with writing a biographical play, and am currently doing my PhD, entitled Beyond the Biopic through UKZN.
I won the 2011 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award as a Columnist for The Sunday Independent.
I wrote and produced the short of A Shot at the Big Time, after raising funds on Indiegogo.com . Shot the Short was filmed in July 2012, directed by Stephen de Villiers, and premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2013. It has been submitted to film festivals around the world while we raise funds for the feature project.
In November 2013 A Shot at the Big Time, the short was nominated for three eThekwini Awards: Best Short Film, Best Writer/Producer, Best Cinematography. It won for Best Cinematography (Luke Pallett, DOP).
In May, 2014, A Shot at the Big Time, the short was selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner, Metrage. I travelled to France and Shot was screened there. I attended the screening and also pitched my new film project, A Hyena in Petticoats, there. See link below:
The screening of Shot the Short attracted enormous media attention in South Africa which culminated in this excellent article in Business Day in May this year:
Shot the short was also nominated for three Mzanzi Independent Short Film Festival Awards in May 2014: Best Director for Stephen de Villiers, Best Original Screenplay for Janet van Eeden and Best Hair and Make-Up for Blu Gel.
I am travelling to the London Screenwriters’ Festival for the second time in two years this October. Last year I pitched both A Shot at the Big Time, the feature, as well as A Hyena in Petticoats. This year I hope to take A Hyena in Petticoats to a Script Lab for mentoring in writing for TV Series.
Since January 2013, I've been Production Course Administrator and Scriptwriting Lecturer at AFDA Durban, one of the top twenty film schools in the world.
Copyright © 2007 Janet van Eeden.