The NFVF and IDC call upon emerging black filmmakers to submit proposals


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Industrial Development
Corporation (IDC) are inviting emerging black filmmakers to submit proposals for
consideration under the Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund (EBFTF).
Launched in 2014, the EBFTF provides financial, marketing and other related support
to emerging black filmmakers. The fund has been designed to support black
directors who have released fewer than five feature films.

Subsequent to the launch last year, a call was made to South African black
filmmakers to apply for support from the fund. The call was aimed at identifying a
pilot film project that would be used to refine the EBFTF process from selection
through to contracting and releasing of the film.

The NFVF and the IDC have announced that after a vigorous selection and
consultation process, Finders Keepers, a film directed by Maynard
Kraak, was selected as the pilot project. The film is currently in post-production.

Call for 2015 proposals:
Black directors and producers are requested to submit proposals based on the
following criteria:
• Films directed by emerging black SA directors with a budget capped at R5.2
million (excluding marketing and company statutory costs);
• Director and producer must be black South African citizens;
• The films must be commercially viable;
• The films must demonstrate economic and creative merit;
• Films must be at the level of theatrical release;
• Scripts must be at second draft;
• Cast must be South African;
• Compliance with the dti South African Emerging Black Filmmakers
• Rights:
– Both the emerging black producer and black director must collectively own at
least 75% of the film rights.
– Where the producer is black, but not emerging (>5 feature films), the black
director must own at least 50% of the film rights;
– Where the producer is not black, the black director must own at least 75% of the
film rights; and a young black producer must be mentored.

Information to be provided with the application must include:

• Script ( second draft)
• Two page concept document outlining:
– Genre
– Target market
– Log line
– Synopsis
– Directors Treatment
• CV (production team):
• Producer
• Director
• Writer
• Summary budget (Amounts to be spent at pre-production, production and
– Declaration that the applicant owns the rights as per criteria above
– Declaration that the application complies with the dti criteria for the Emerging
Black Filmmakers’ Incentive.
• Tax clearance certificate
• Production schedule
• Cashflow schedule
• Project information:
– Location of principal photography
– Jobs created (In the same format/details provided for the dti application)
– Skills development and skills transfer plan
• Details of the post-production company and their experience
• Chain of title documentation including script, music etc
Interested parties are invited to email their applications and queries to

• Late entries will not be considered
• Projects that do not meet the criteria will not be considered
• Projects that do not have developed scripts will not be considered
• Budgets that are above the fund amount of R5.2 million will not be

Applications will close at 00h00 on Wednesday, 14 October 2015.


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