The KZN Film Industry Transformation Initiative announces call for entries

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The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) provincial government has through the promulgation of the
KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC), Act number 3 of 2010, identified the need
to support the establishment of a structured and competitive film and TV industry in
the province. The Act established the KZNFC to implement the mandate of the
provincial government.

It is well documented that the film industry within KZN consists of predominantly
emerging filmmakers with a low skills base and limited permanent employment. The
objective of this programme is to develop a holistic three years industry
transformation initiative that will facilitate the creation of a sustainable film and TV
industry in KZN. The programme is geared towards medium term focused human
capital development of previously advantaged individuals to increase their meaningful
participation towards senior positions and delivering high quality, high value
productions.

The KZN Film Industry Transformation Initiative (FITI) aims to increase specialised
skills in key areas of the industry value chain that will remain as residents in the
province and become the core team that service local and international productions.

APPLICATION PROCESS
The first intake will begin in January 2018. Applications for intake 1 are now open.
Interested graduates may apply via the KZNFC website or complete the
application form and submit to skillsdev@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za.

Applications will be reviewed and places awarded to qualifying candidates on a first
come first serve basis per skills targeted discipline. The closing date for intake 1
applications is on 1 December 2017. As part of the screening process, candidates may
be invited to attend interviews.

Applicants should provide the following supporting documents:

– Copies of qualification/s
– A recent sample of work within the applicable skills discipline
– A motivation essay of no more than 750 words outlining why you would like to
participate in FITI, programme area/s of interest

ENTRY CRITERIA
– Applicants must be in a possession of a recognised NQF level 6 qualification
– Graduates from qualifying institutions of higher learning outside the province may be
accepted, provided they were born in the province
– Applicants must have the ability and commitment to working in the identified scarce
skills areas
– Consideration will be made for previously disadvantaged individuals (PDIs) and
female graduates
– Graduates must have graduated within the past three academic years and be less
than 30 years of age

Key considerations for acceptance in the FITI include:
– At least 50 per cent of graduates must be from KZN film schools
– Bias towards graduates from rural and informal settlements
– Commitment to a 3-year graduate learnership programme

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