NFVF calls for submissions for the Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund


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 for black directors who have released fewer than five feature films.

The Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund (EBFTF) is aimed at developing and supporting local emerging black directors and producers by providing financial and other support. According to the IDC and NFVF, the objective is for the fund to contribute to the making of a sustainable South African film industry. It will strengthen the local film production industry, ensuring that filmmakers and producers create compelling content for South African consumption. Funding will be limited to six qualifying and viable feature films per annum over three years.

Call for 2016 proposals:

Black directors and producers are requested to submit proposals based on the following criteria:
• 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 Incentive (Refer to the dti website for detailed criteria)
• Rights (All including film, merchandise etc.):
– Emerging black producer and black director must collectively own at least 75 per cent of the film rights;
– Where the producer is black, but not emerging ( >5 feature films ) – then the black director must own at least 50 per cent of the film rights;
– Where the producer is not black, the black director must own at least 75 per cent of the film rights; and a young black producer must be mentored.

For all submission information visit the NFVF website.

Queries can be emailed to

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Chanelle Ellaya is the editor of Screen Africa. She completed her BA Journalism degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2011. While writing is her passion, she has a keen interest in the media in various capacities. Chanelle is an avid social media networker and a firm believer in the power of social and online networking. Between writing and tweeting, she finds time to feed her love for live music.


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