Commissioning of Feature Length Films for Zuku TV’s Swahili Movies Channel

Commissioning of Feature Length Films for Zuku TV’s Swahili Movies Channel

Zuku TV seeks to commission feature length Swahili films for broadcast on Zuku Swahili Movies,  the only TV channel dedicated to showcasing the best of Swahili films 24/7. 

Zuku Swahili Movies is a premium movie channel tailor made for all audiences within the East African region. The channel seeks to respond to strong consumer demand for Africa-produced and Africa-themed programming and prides itself on the quality of its output. 

We are looking for submissions that are bold, ambitious, unique, original and bring a fresh outlook to East African television content. 

The concept should have a broad viewer appeal and possess the ability to travel across the continent. The cast must be fluent in speaking the Swahili language and may include characters from across Africa. 

CONTENT

The Feature Length Swahili Film must: 

  1. Have a strong theme 
  2.  A significant, realistic story 
  3.  A compelling plot
  4.  Seamless continuity 
  5. Unforgettable characters 
  6. A well-chosen setting 
  7. An appealing visual style 
  8. Be unique, original and fresh 
  9. Be entertaining 
  10. Have a strong, unique selling point 

PROPOSAL

Proposals can target either a family or mature audience and should contain the following information:

1. A Synopsis 

2. Full Script 

3. Character/Cast Biographies 

4. Detailed Treatment and Approach 

5. Production Schedule 

6. Key Production Personnel 

7. A Preliminary Budget  

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

LANGUAGE: Kiswahili. To be subtitled in English 

DURATION: 90 – 120 minutes per film 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Broad international appeal 

GENRE: Feature Length Film 

 

PROCESS OF EVALUATION

1 Once you have successfully submitted your proposal, you will receive a notification via email acknowledging receipt. 

2 Your proposal will then by evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Commissioning Editor.

3 If your proposal meets the requirements, your proposal will be shortlisted for further evaluation. At this point you may be requested to come in for a pitching session. 

4 The judges will further short list further on your pitch and draw up the final list of successful proposals for development. 

5 You will then receive an email informing you whether or not your proposal has been selected for development. 

 

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION 

DELIVERY FORMAT: File Delivery via FTP or Hard Drive, Aspect ratio 16:9 

COMPANY ADDRESS: Physical and postal address of the company 

CREDENTIALS: Detailed CV of key personnel who will be assigned to this project 

REFERENCES: Films produced within the last 3 years 

CONTACTS: Name and phone number of key contact person 

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 17th April 2014 

FINAL DECISION DATE: 30th May 2014 

BROADCAST DATE: January 2015 

SUBMISSION DETAILS: 

 

Proposals should be addressed to: 

 

The Commissioning Editor 

Wananchi Programming Ltd 

Gateway Business Park, Block E, Mombasa Road 

P. O. Box 10286-00100,Nairobi, Kenya 

Email: zukuswahilimovies@ke.wananchi.com 

 

Submissions from the wider East Africa region are accepted.