Toronto a€”The NFVF and Dv8 Films headed by Joel Phiri and Jeremy Nathan, announced at the Toronto International Film Festival on 12 September that they had signed a slate deal.
The deal commits to the production of a minimum of four feature films over the next eighteen months, with a discretionary fund for development and marketing.
The 1st slate deal saw the production of multiple features being produced (Forgiveness, Max and Mona, The Flyer, and this year’s Toronto Vanguard film Bunny Chow) a€” as well as the development of a host of scripts.
Under this renewal of their relationship, it is expected that Khalo Matabane’s first feature State of Violence, Madoda Ncayiyana’s My Secret Sky and Michael Raeburn’s Triomf will be produced early in 2007.
Dv8 Films have also launched their embryonic sales arm, Deviant Selling, and are promoting John Barker and Dog Pack’s Bunny Chow.
The NFVF is committed to the development of the emerging film and television industry in South Africa, through the support of initiatives such as Dv8.
“The fantastic audience response to Bunny Chow at this year’s festival makes this a wonderful launch pad for the new deal. We’re confident that Dv8 will continue its winning streak and its nurturing of young talent,” says Ryan Haidarian, NFVF head of production & development.
” We are thrilled, this solidifies our joint approach to providing a home for talent in South Africa, and anchoring home grown stories,” says Phiri and Nathan.