The National Film and Video Foundation is a statutory body mandated by an Act of Parliament to grow and develop the film and video industry of South Africa.
The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) is a statutory body mandated by parliament to spearhead the development of the South African film and video industry.
The vision of the NFVF is to strive for a quality South African film and video industry that is representative of the nation, commercially viable and encourages development. The NFVF aims to support this by creating an environment that develops and promotes the South African film and video industry, domestically and internationally.
The NFVF is guided by a council consisting of highly respected film professionals with diverse expertise in the film and television industry.
NFVF Overview - The NFVF is a statutory body mandated by a progressive act of Parliament to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the South African film and video industry.
Moral Imperative To create facilities for ordinary South Africans to bear influence in the expression of their own images, thereby deepen democracy and create prosperity. The NFVF strives for the realisation of this noble ideal.
Mission - To create an environment that develops and promotes the South African film and video industry domestically and internationally.
Vision - A quality South African film and video industry that mirrors and represents the nation, sustains commercial viability, encourages development and provides a medium through which the creative and technical talents of South Africans are able to reach the world.
The NFVF has ten main goals derived from its business plan as well as its mandate from government:
To develop effective relationships between government, the film industry and regulatory bodies.
To access finance through public funding, private investments, the lottery and other means.
To stimulate and advance skills development, film education and training.
To monitor, measure and plan national strategies for the industry, and advise government on policy.
To develop local content and production.
To develop South African film and television audiences for the appreciation of locally produced materials.
To develop film exports, and attract international productions and investment.
To redress past imbalances in the film sector and develop small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) for the effective growth of the industry.
To help reflect South African culture and language to both local and international audiences.
To provide and disburse funding for film development, production, exhibition marketing and training
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The National Film & Video Foundation provides film and video-related funding in four broad categories:
Criteria and eligibility for each category can be viewed by clicking on the links above or on the funding submenu to the left of this page.
Individuals, companies and organisations may submit funding applications to the NFVF for grants or grant loans in any of the four funding categories; education and training, script development, production, marketing and distribution.
Specific conditions are applicable in each funding category, and it is important for applicants to take careful note of these conditions before submitting an application.
The NFVF will receive proposals for film funding throughout the year.
In each category of funding, only one application per organisation, individual or company will be considered during a particular financial year.
Funding may take the form of a grant, investment or loan depending on the type of application and project. In addition to financial assistance, other forms of support will be made available once the NFVF has established appropriate support mechanisms. Funding allocation to selected projects will vary according to the specific cash flow needs of the project.
Applicants should also note that the NFVF has adopted a recoupment policy on feature film development and production as well as documentary production funding. This policy will apply to all funding applications that come in through the funding process. This is to ensure that there is a return on NFVF funded projects in order to repopulate the funds for future projects in line with funding models of other international funding bodies. Applicants are advised to take note of the recoupment policy that is applicable whilst submitting their application.
For each of the following four categories; education and training, script development, production, marketing and distribution, an evaluation panel with relevant expertise in that area will be constituted. The evaluation panel is comprised of peer industry practitioners with a proven track record in their areas of expertise and/or the film and television industry in general. Selection panel members do not make decisions on funding but merely advise and recommend projects which are deserving of funding.
Application forms can be downloaded from this website.
Forms can also be obtained from national and local film industry organisations, provincial film offices and commissions.