On 9 February the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and industry-wide non-profit organisation the South African Screen Federation (SASFED) signed an agreement that sets out the terms of engagement between the two organisations.
The agreement will inform the relationship between the NFVF and SASFED towards areas that relate to the development and growth of the local film and video industry. It establishes a forum that will provide a platform for consultation, debate and discussion on the various industry policies and strategies that are developed.
Says SASFED chair Feizel Mamdoo: “The agreement recognises the importance of regular engagement between SASFED and the NFVF on industry policies and strategies that impact on the growth and development of the South African film and video industry.”
NFVF CEO Eddie Mbalo adds: “We are happy that today we’re concluding a process in which both the NFVF and SASFED have engaged enthusiastically since 2006. The significance of this agreement is the synergies that can be drawn out of both our roles and mandates in the South African film and video industry to enhance the promotion, development of a sustainable, viable and transforming industry.”
The NFVF’s mandate is to promote and develop the South African film and video industry. In terms of its Positioning Strategy in the Value Charter, the NFVF is the mediator between the government, civil society and the industry. Section 4(1) (f) and subsection (f) of the NFVF Act empowers the NFVF to “enter into relationships and cooperate with any person, institution or institutions for the purpose of meeting the objectives of the NFVF Act”.
As an industry body SASFED represents the writers, directors, editors, actors, artists’ producers and niche focus groups in the film and television industry. SASFED’s formation was the outcome of the Indaba 2005 resolutions where it was proposed that one of the measures to ensure sectoral co-ordination was the formation of an umbrella body to be constituted by the existing industry bodies.