SA film criteria consultations


South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will conduct the final round of industry consultations from 28 June to 6 July. The objective of the sessions is to have a final round of input in order for the NFVF to finalise the criteria.

In development since 2009, various versions of the criteria were released periodically in 2010 and 2011.

“As we head toward the finalisation of the process, it is important to revisit the objective of the criteria,’ says Aifheli Mkhwanya, NFVF head of Policy & Research.

The criteria will apply to:
Certification of national films which includes official co-production certification;
Certification of the nationality of films for distribution purposes;
South African Film and Television Awards; and
Certification for South African production or official co production which qualifies for section 12 (o) exemption introduced by the Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bills 2011, a replacement of the previous section 24F of the Income Tax Act.

Makhwanya explains: “The finalisation of the criteria is critical as it will be used in numerous programmes and introduces an element of self-assessment prior to the submission of an application to the NFVF. This will improve turnaround times and also introduce an element of certainty especially for official co-productions.’

The main areas of discussion with a view to reach consensus on the way forward with the industry is but not limited to: the status of minority co-productions; weighing of key creative points; and the inclusion of gender points.

It is however anticipated that the changes are likely to be on the weighing of points rather than the actual criteria as there is consensus that the policy is long overdue. The NFVF urges the industry to familiarise itself with the point system.

After this round of consultations, the NFVF will publish a final criteria document that will be used for all relevant applications. A date of implementation will be announced in due course.

Click here to download the SA Film Criteria:

The consultations will be held as follows:
Port Elizabeth- 28 June 2012
Cape Town- 29 June 2012
Durban- 3 July 2012
Johannesburg- 6 July 2012

Please take note that the venues will be communicated in due course.

For queries or further details contact Mawande Seti on on or before 26 June 2012.


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