Launched in May 2014 Restless Talent Management is the first global management company to focus exclusively on African talent.
At a time where actors and directors of African descent are resolutely grabbing the headlines in Hollywood, Restless is focused on identifying the next Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, or Andrew Dosunmu. As the world is witnessing the emergence of a New African Cinema, Restless’ mission is to nurture and support the pioneering talents who are redefining creative content both on the continent and beyond.
Registered in the UK and with a presence both on the continent (Cape Town, Nairobi) and in the world’s largest film markets (Los Angeles, London), Restless provides development services such as image-building and positioning, project packaging, PR, and also advises on film sales, distribution and promotion.
Marie Lora-Mungai is a media entrepreneur and producer, and the co-founder of Restless Talent Management. She also founded and heads Buni Media, a multimedia production company with offices in Nairobi and Los Angeles, and Buni.tv the leading African video-on-demand platform for high quality content.
Marie is the Executive Producer of THE XYZ SHOW, Kenya’s top political satire show followed by more than 10 million people every month and winner of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards for Best TV Series, and of OGAS AT THE TOP, a similar, viral political satire program in Nigeria. She has created or co-created various TV programs, and currently develops several feature film projects.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Marie had a first career as an award-winning television journalist, working across 3 continents and 15 African countries for CNN, Reuters TV, AFP TV and the BBC World Service.
In 2013 she was named a Rising Talent by the Women’s Global Forum, and one of the “30 Women Who Matter” by L’Express magazine.
She was educated in France and holds a masters in Political Sciences from Sciences Po and a masters in Marketing and Communication from ESCP Business School.
Tendeka Matatu is ones of Africa’s most prolific film producers and co-founder of Restless Talent Management.
Tendeka produced his ﬁrst feature film, MAX and MONA by Teddy Mattera, in 2003 through Dv8 Films in South Africa. In 2008 Tendeka founded his own production company Ten10 Films.
Tendeka’s credits include the award-winning “Abyss Boys”; the South African box ofﬁce hits “Material” and “Crazy Monkey”; and the action-drama epic “Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema”, which was South Africa’s ofﬁcial entry for the Academy Awards Foreign Language category in 2008. Other titles include “Cold Harbour” by Carey McKenzie and “Tiger House” starring Dougray Scott and Kaya Scodelario.
Ten10 Films is an award winning production company based in London with offices in Cape Town, South Africa, the company is built on a wealth of experience and is driven by a strong desire to develop and create inspired, compelling and entertaining African cinema for a world market.
As the world is witnessing the emergence of a New African Cinema, our mission is to nurture and support the pioneering talents who are redefining creative content both on the continent and beyond.
We believe that the African film and tv industry is the most exciting and potentially rewarding place to be at the moment.
Restless represents writers, directors and actors from across Africa and the diaspora, and assists them by providing the following services:
We help our talents manage all aspects of their creative business. This starts with building a long term career strategy and helping talents make the right business and creative choices.
We help our talents identify their strengths and weaknesses and leverage both to build a marketable personal brand. We assist talents in creating impactful reels, one-sheets, head shots and other branding materials.
We track potential projects or career opportunities for our talents and provide them with the freedom to focus on their creative work by handling all deal making and contract negotiations.
We help promote our talents and their projects to directors, producers, financiers, film festival curators and distributors. We also generate quality, timely and relevant press coverage. Furthermore we develop and maintain our talents social media presence.
We help our talents realize their personal projects by providing assistance throughout the project’s life cycle, from the development stage to sales, marketing and distribution. We introduce our talents to our own network of trusted producers, guide the fund-raising process, and bring other top talents on board, in order to give the project’s its best chance of success.
We advise on the distribution strategy for our talents’ projects, maximizing both reach and revenue.
We organise and hosts workshops, talks and panels at film festivals, markets and conferences around the world on topics such as Personal Branding, the African Film Market, Film Finance in Africa, Distribution and Marketing of African Films, and more. We are also available to work with organizations to design custom training or informational sessions.
The Restless Pitch is an open, dynamic and fun-pitching session held at various film festivals in Africa and Europe. In front of a live audience, filmmakers are randomly invited to present their best creative ideas for film or TV in front of a panel of industry experts.
“Wing it” or leave anything to chance or you’re likely to stumble under the spotlights. Seriously, don’t.
Write your pitch down, time yourself, learn it by heart, and keep rehearsing it until you know it so well it flows naturally. DON’T Get lost in details or ramble with no clear aim.
Start with a clear 1-2 line logline.
Forget to mention whether you’re talking about a feature film or a TV series, and what the genre is. Eg: [PROJECT NAME] is a 13 x 45min episode sci-fi buddy comedy series about 2 drunk space troopers looking though the universe for their lost wallets.
Know the difference between plot and story. We want to hear about the story. For more, read this: http://nofilmschool.com/2014/07/martin-scorsese-difference-between-story-plot/
Rush. 3 min is both short and long. After the logline, give us a short synopsis of your project which includes quick character descriptions, inciting incident, major plot points and resolution.
Read a piece of paper. Keep your pitch punchy and conversational.
Overstay your welcome. Stick to your 3 minutes.
Leave on a high note. End your pitch with a one sentence conclusion about the type of audience you think your project can attract, and why you think they would love it. Good luck!
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?
If you are a writer, director or a producer then The Restless Pitch offers you a unique opportunity to engage creatively with industry experts around your idea and pitching style. The experts will give immediate and honest feedback on your concept and your presentation. Even if you don’t pitch on the day it is a great opportunity learn about the pitching process, to develop your creative instincts and to network.
WHO IS THE PITCHING SESSION OPEN TO?
This usually depends on the festival event that is hosting The Restless Pitch. Typically it will be open to all registered festival delegates. In some cases it may also be open to the public. Please check with the festival organisers, as the may also require attendees to pre-register.
DO I NEED TO SUBMIT MY PITCH FOR PRE-SELECTION?
No. In order to maintain fairness The Restless Pitch works on a lottery system. If you are interested in pitching you will need to place your business card in the fish bowl provided at the event. Cards will then be randomly selected by a member of the panel, if your card is selected you will then be invited up on stage to pitch to the panel.
WHAT KIND OF PROJECT CAN I PITCH?
You can pitch feature films, short films, animation, scripted television, documentary or transmedia projects. Projects can be at any stage, from early concept to fully developed.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE TO PITCH?
Each pitch is limited to 3 minutes. You will be asked to briefly introduce yourself and then the clock starts. The stopwatch will be on display and the host will indicate when you have 30 seconds left.
CAN I USE VISUAL AIDS (e.g. a power point presentation or trailer)?
No. We like to keep it old-skool. Because of the time limits and in order to maintain a level playing field, we insist on verbal pitches only.
WHO ARE THE PANEL OF EXPERTS?
Typically the panel is made up of 6 to 8 industry experts. Generally speaking there will be a balance of creative and financial experts. We will announce the panel online no less than 24hrs before an actual pitch event, this should give you lots of time to do your homework on the experts and work out who you need to schmooze.
ARE THERE ANY PRIZES TO BE WON?
Yes. The prizes differ from event to event and are designed to help you further your project in a meaningful way.