The Female Only Filmmaker Project is an intervention by the National Film and
Video Foundation (NFVF), to provide recent female entrants into the industry,
particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity
to make a film in collaboration with other women. Over a period of five months
successful applicants will be assisted in developing their stories into a 20 to 25
The ten selected candidates and their submissions will go through a development
process in preparation for the production of the films, which will take place later in
2016 over a period of ten weeks. Working with facilitators and mentors, the
development process will include three workshops consisting of three days each.
Being selected as a writer does not automatically guarantee that you will be
selected to direct your script. A pitching process to the NFVF and an industry
evaluating committee will be scheduled to select the directors.
Part of the development phase will be dedicated to providing each candidate with
the necessary tools to prepare for the director’s pitch. These include but are not
limited to: learning how to break down scripts for camera, as well as detailed
strategies for extracting the best performances from actors.
The successful projects and teams will then be provided with a professional
production crew to shoot their film. A post-production supervisor will be appointed
to assist them in the editing and final delivery of the film.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following
1. Have worked in the industry for at least two years.
2. Have worked in one or more departments including (but not exclusive to):
writing, directing, editing, cinematography, production, assistant directing and
3. Be an historically disadvantaged individual as defined in the constitution of
4. Be 100% available for the project – attendance at all scheduled workshops, as
well as one-on-one sessions is compulsory.
Eligible candidates for the project must:
• Have a strong written concept for a half hour (approximately 20 to 25
minutes) individual film with a clearly thought out premise or controlling idea that
would allow it to be packaged with the ten other projects.
• Demonstrate familiarity with the tools of scriptwriting including Final Draft
software, formatting, scheduling and editing.
• Demonstrate a willingness and ability to work with others in pursuit of the
• Be able to work under pressure and tight schedules.
• Provide references of previous work.
Short-listed submissions will be invited to present their proposals in person to a
panel that includes producers, mentors and the NFVF.
The series of films that will be produced need to be packaged as a cohesive series,
and in order to achieve this, the NFVF has put forward a theme around which
writers can conceive their story idea.
In an effort to avoid stereotypical and cliched themes usually associated with films
for women, the NFVF has chosen to explore current themes that resonate with and
explore the values and expectations of modern day African women.
In an ever changing society, how do women negotiate their position as mothers,
wives, daughters, career women and professionals? The pressures and expectations
imposed by society on women requires them to continuously negotiate and navigate
their place and their own personal desires. Therefore the theme “Negotiating
Spaces’ is what is to be explored in these short films.
• Family (responsibility and expectation);
• Taboos (cross cultural);
• Life lessons (lived experiences and how they mold us);
• The heroine inside and outside the family etc.
These are just some of the themes that can be explored and there is a multitude of
stories that can come out of this theme. The ultimate goal is to produce relevant
stories that will resonate with audiences today, told from a female perspective and
stories that we as a country can recognise ourselves in.
All applicants should be able to provide the following documentation in hard copy
and in triplicate (three copies) for consideration:
1. Narrative treatment for one 25 minute film including a detailed synopsis, a
character book, and an MTP (major turning point) document.
2. A short bio and CV
3. A certified copy of ID document.
4. Two to three references
All applications must be submitted as hard copies to the NFVF offices, by the closing
date of 31 March 2016.
Address: 87 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 483 0880
Enquiries can be directed to:
Tel: 011 463 9018
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org