Student film bursary call for applications


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is seeking student applications for its bursary scheme, which provides funding to students in financial need to pursue
film and television related studies at all accredited tertiary institutions in South
Africa. The deadline for applications for is 29 August 2014, at 12h00.

On average, the NFVF offers up to 60 bursaries a year for academic achievers
who are passionate about the film and television industry but unable to afford
their own university studies.

Application criteria
The Student Must:
1. Have already been selected at an institution that offers formal
qualifications such as a diploma or degree
2. Be able to demonstrate financial need
3. Possess a good academic record
4. Motivate in detail why they qualify to receive a bursary
5. Submit a correctly completed application form and attach all required
documents as per the application form
6. Be a South African citizen, or have permanent residency or have refugee

Important details
1. Five copies of the entire application must be delivered or posted to the NFVF offices
2. All details on the application form must be correct
3. Incomplete applications will be disqualified
4. If telephone numbers or addresses change, notification must be sent
immediately. If the NFVF is unable to contact the applicant, the bursary will be
awarded to another deserving student
5. All required information must be submitted to avoid the application being
6. First year students receive 100% towards tuition fee, thereafter the NFVF
pays 80% towards tuition fee only. The rationale behind this is the result of
minimal resources and an aim to find balance between the number of students
supported and what is contributed towards those bursaries.
7. The NFVF does not fund live performance or acting studies
8. Only certified documents will be accepted
9. Applications received after the deadline will be disqualified
10. Faxed or emailed applications will be disqualified

International bursaries
Individuals may also apply to the NFVF for bursaries to support their studies at
international tertiary institutions for film courses that are not available in South
Africa. Due to minimal resources at the NFVF’s disposal, 100% bursaries will not
be awarded.

Supporting documents
The following supporting documentation must be submitted together with an
official application form:
• A covering letter including personal motivation for study and its relevance
to the applicant’s intended career path, as well as how the skills acquired will
benefit South Africa
• A letter of support from the international institution
• Proof of excellence within the applicant’s field of competency

Internal process
Once an application has been sent and all required documents (as per the
application form) have been submitted before the deadline, an internal and
external panel evaluates each application. Applicants are shortlisted and
thereafter interviews are conducted to ensure that the most appropriate
students, who will ultimately become NFVF ambassadors, are awarded

Prospective students who meet the above criteria may apply by completing a
national bursary application form available on the NFVF website. The application form provides a guide on all the required documentation to submit with the application form.


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