Johannesburg: South African alumni, Sheetal Magan, was one of 5 applicants selected for a South African Screenwriters residency called “Realness”, she was selected from 175 applicants from across 29 countries.
The much awaited announcement of the selection took place at ‘La Fabriques des Cinemas du Monde’ at Cannes 2016. The residency was created by fellow Johannesburg AFDA alumni Elias Ribeiro. “Realness” is backed by Institut Francais Berlinale, Torino Film Lab,Durban Filmmart and Restless Talent.
Sheetal is known to be an emerging South African talent who has completed four years of study at AFDA, graduating amongst the top of her class. South African City Press earmarked her as one of 5 creatives to watch in 2016. And she has not disappointed.
One of her films, The Fall Of Ganesh, is no stranger to South Africans, a 24-minute short film that centers on the desire of a young Indian woman to host a Diwali dinner to mark a turning point in her life. Click here to watch ‘The Fall of Ganesh’
She has completed several short films including a ‘God Dank vir Klank’ (2011) a mockumentary exploring ‘Zef culture’ and the rise to youtube fame of South African rap duo “Die Antwoord” and ‘City of Ashes’ (2014) a dystopian nativity story set in Johannesburg in the year 2042 and ‘The Fall of Ganesh’ (2015) which premiered at the Durban International Film Festival where she was selected as one of forty African filmmakers to participate in the Durban Talent Campus.
Sheetal is presently in development on her first feature film ‘The Day and Night of Brahma’ and an eight part mini- series entitled the ‘Acts of Man’. Sheetal is interested in cultivating a lens that articulates contemporary African problems.