Janet van Eeden (PhD)

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

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

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Dr Janet van Eeden has written over 20 feature-length screenplays as well as numerous short films, written and produced six stage plays (and directed two) and taken each one to the Grahamstown Arts Festival, with funding from the National Arts Council. She writes and script-edits many feature films for the KZN Film Commission, amongst others.

A full-length feature film she wrote, White Lion, was released internationally in cinemas in February 2010. She won the 2011 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award as a Columnist for The Sunday Independent.

She wrote and produced the short of A Shot at the Big Time, directed by Stephen de Villiers, and premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2013. In May, 2014, Shot, the short was selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner, Metrage.

In 2015, the Writers’ Guild of South Africa nominated three of her stage plays for the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Produced Stage Plays. She won the Muse Award for A Matter of Time. She is currently producing A Shot at the Big Time, the feature.

She has her Masters in English (Cum Laude), and graduated with a Doctorate  of Philosophy in 2017, in English Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Humanities, Pietermaritzburg. Her thesis was entitled Beyond the Biopic: An Exploration into the Nature of Biography through the Medium of Film.

Janet is also a script evaluator for the KZN Film Commission, the Durban Film Office and was the Overall Chairperson of the Simon Sabela Awards in 2018 and in 2019. She was also the Supervising Juror for the Durban International Film Festival in July 2019. She was recently elected onto the national Board of SWIFT, Sisters Working in Film and Television.

Janet was an invited speaker at the 2018 London Screenwriters’ Festival in London and has been invited to speak again at the next LSF in April 2020.

Janet has just been promoted to Campus Dean of AFDA Durban after four and a half years as Head of Post Graduate Studies.




The Pitch at Cannes 2014 – Janet van Eeden

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