The Courage to Make a Film

The Pitch at Cannes 2014 - Janet van Eeden

Award-Winning Screenwriter, Playwright, Journalist, Lecturer and Producer

Represented by Julian Friedmann, Literary Agent and Editor, BlakeFriedman Literary Agency, London, UK.

I've written sixteen feature screenplays as well as numerous short films, edited an educational TV series, worked on Big Brother Africa and wrote a TV series for Skeleton Coast.  I've written and produced six stage 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 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 and continues to do so.

I have my Masters in English (Cum Laude) which dealt with writing a biographical stage 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 . Shot the Short was filmed in July 2012, directed by Stephen de Villiers, and premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2013. 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 where Shot was screened. I also pitched my new film project, A Hyena in Petticoats, there. See pitch below:

The screening of Shot the Short attracted enormous media attention in South Africa which was documented in this excellent article in Business Day in May 2014, amongst many others:

Shot 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 pitched A Hyena in Petticoats at the London Screenwriters' Festival in October 2014 and formed a partnership with a UK producer for this project.  Read more about the successful trip here:

I was the Production Course Administrator and Third Year Scriptwriting Lecturer at AFDA Durban, from January 2013. I am currently the Head of Post Graduate Studies at the same institute.

In 2015, the Writers' Guild of South Africa nominated three of my plays for the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Produced Stage Plays. I was given the Award on 28th April 2015 for A Matter of Time. 

I am currently producing A Shot at the Big Time, the feature. I raised R100 000.00 on in January 2016 which will be put towards the production of the film in October 2016.

I am currently working with UK producer Catherine Vettere of 4 D Films to produce my new feature script A Hyena in Petticoats.





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