Shore Scripts Names 2020 Film Fund Winner

Lindiwe Makgelemele's The Town has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2020 Shore Scripts Short Film Fund Competition. The script is about a seven year old girl who believes she's responsible for a car break-down in an anonymous South African town.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

THE TOWN (AWARDED $15,000 CASH GRANT)

LOGLINE
A car breaks down in an anonymous South African town.

SYNOPSIS
Seven-year-old Lesedi spends her days waiting and hoping for something to happen. She begins her morning as she has many others: chasing and throwing stones at the cars that are passing through the centre of her isolated town. Hitting one, she returns to Marta’s, a middle-aged shopkeeper and her best friend, to wait out the rest of the day. Waiting flows through Marta’s daily routine, and she is content and well accustomed to it. Lesedi is restless, expectant, and yearns for movement.

A car similar to the one Lesedi threw stones at breaks down introducing Naledi to the community, and leading Lesedi to believe that she caused the breakdown. Though Lesedi is wary of being discovered, she is enamoured by Naledi and an unlikely albeit transient connection is formed.

WRITTEN BY LINDIWE MAKGALEMELE
Lindiwe is a graduate of Harvard University where she majored in History and minored in Romance Languages and Literature.

Her work both within the archive and as a filmmaker seeks to tackle the continued erasures, misrememberings, and disappearances one has to confront as one-pieces together stories — particularly those of black and African women.

2ND PLACE WINNER

LADY & LUCK (AWARDED $5,000 CASH GRANT)

LOGLINE
Sue must re-enter the world and pay her debts. But is luck on her side?

WRITTEN BY BORIS VYMENETS

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Updated: 06/07/2020

Additional Contest Info: Shore Scripts - Short Film Fund