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The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa's film and video industry.

NFVF announces South African films in ZIFF 2019 official selection

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will be leading a delegation of South African filmmakers to the 22nd edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF).

ZIFF is East Africa’s largest film and arts festival, and provides an important platform to profile Africa’s burgeoning film industry. The NFVF has formalised a relationship with ZIFF, through the signing of an MoU which will focus on training and development opportunities for young filmmakers as well as identifying co-production opportunities. As part of the partnership, the NFVF will also be hosting the South African pavilion and launching the first-ever student mentorship programme where six South African students will participate in a short film competition alongside Tanzania and Saudia Arabia. The programme is a skills exchange initiative which is meant to develop scriptwriting and production skills.

The 11 South African films in the ZIFF 2019 Official Selection:

• Deep End
• Someone to Blame – the Ahmed Timol Inquest
• Coming Home
• Our Albertina
• The Moon Falls Unconscious
• Whispering Truth to Power
• Not in My Neighbourhood
• Five Fingers for Marseilles
• Burkinabè Bounty: Agroecology in Burkina Faso
• Please Frog, just one sip!
• My Country

“The NFVF-ZIFF partnership will allow us the opportunity to grow our relationship with the festival as we continue on our quest to create more skills exchange and development
opportunities for South African filmmakers internationally. I particularly look forward to seeing what our students can produce and wish the films in competition the best of luck,” said Makhosazana Khanyile, CEO of the NFVF.

French and South African partners collaborate to support South African animation industry

South African startup innovation hub, the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) strengthened their ties with international partners by signing official partnership agreements at the recent 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The agreements are with Paris-based animation school, Gobelins, and the French Embassy in South Africa.

The objective of both of the agreements is to grow the animation industry’s skills pipeline by offering training, internships and scholarships to animators in Africa. It also presents the opportunity to enhance the linkages between African animation talent, producers, schools and institutions with their French counterparts.

Earlier this year, the Precinct’s Johannesburg-based Tshimologong Animation Studio opened its doors to 20 interns with hopes to further their understanding of visual development for high-end animation under the direction of recent Gobelins Masters graduate, Lesego Vorster. Co-designed in collaboration with Gobelins, the internship programme is focused on establishing authentic African aesthetics through appropriate referencing and understanding of design and storytelling fundamentals. Furthermore, the internship forms part of an active role in empowering black youth in a field which was previously relatively inaccessible to them.

The Tshimologong Animation Studio is strategically positioned as being between a finishing school and an internship. This gives interns first-hand experience on real-world projects, while still having the comfort of being able to use university methodology to strengthen their references as well as their workflow.

“The partnership with Gobelins offers interns strong support from one of the best schools in the world, not only in raising the standard and quality of the work to come out of the Tshimologong Animation Studio, but also to broaden the horizons of all interns,” says Lesego Vorster, Tshimologong Animation Studio art director.

“South Africa is a vibrant soil of young creativity. Talents are numerous, young and passionate, promise of a very bright future and the emergence of a powerful African animation,” says Cécile Blondel, head of International Relations, Gobelins.

The agreement with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the French Embassy in South Africa addresses training needs, scholarships, skills exchange and co-production opportunities. The NFVF will contribute up to EUR16,000 (R268 000) for a scholarship for the Gobelins “Character Animation and animated filmmaking – Master of Arts” qualification. The Animation School (SA) and Campus France will also fund this scholarship. Gobelins, NFVF, the French Institute of South Africa, the Animation School and Campus France have awarded this scholarship to Karien Benz.

By joining forces, the two organisations aim to strengthen their support for the South African film and TV industry and to foster better cooperation between South African and French ecosystems in film, TV and new formats. The animation industry, because of its dynamism, creativity and international appeal both in France and in South Africa, is at the core of this new partnership. Both institutions aim to support and reinforce synergies between the respective markets and to promote consistency in the support of their development.

“South African animators have been creating soundwaves across international borders over the last decade and it’s essential that as the funding body mandated to ensure the development and growth of the film industry in South Africa, that we have partnered to create a scholarship with Gobelins. I look forward to a beneficial partnership that will see a significant step towards the further growth of the animation sector in South Africa” says Joy Mawela, head of Industry Development & Promotions (National Film and Video Foundation).

“As South Africa’s potential in the field of animation is undeniable, especially in the development and production of original content rooted in a strong Africanisation of imagery, we see the enhancement of our cooperation with NFVF as a great opportunity to expand opportunities for creators, to promote prolific cooperation, and to bring our two markets closer together using the complementarity of their assets,” says Erika Denis, regional head of Media, Film & Music (French Embassy/French Institute in South Africa).

Tshimologong’s Digital Lab Africa programme supports emerging talent in animation

Managed by Tshimologong, Digital Lab Africa is the first pan-African acceleration programme dedicated to creative content (animation, immersive content, gaming, music and web creation). As part of their mentorship programme, three DLA mentees are attending the Annecy Animation Festival: South African animator Lwazi Msipha (Project: Ringa Mzansi) and Kenyan animators Naddya Adhiambo (Project: Uzi) and Justus Macharia (Project: Baba).

“Annecy is a unique opportunity for DLA mentees to be immersed in the animation international ecosystem and meet top animation industry players. Also, partnering with the NFVF and the French embassy in South Africa in signing an agreement of this nature with the top animation school in the world, Gobelins, guarantees the quality of work our graduates will be producing” says Lesley Donna Williams, CEO of Tshimologong Precinct and Director of DLA programme.

DLA mentees also have the opportunity to interact with their French and South African  mentors as they are all attending the festival: Stuart Forrest (Triggerfish Animation, SA), Lesego Vorster (Tshimologong Precinct), Isaac Mogajane (Diprente Film), Marie-Anne Fontenier (Nef Animation) and Eric Réginaud (Ciclic Animation).

Talents Durban announces 2019 participants

The 40th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and Durban FilmMart (DFM) recently announced the participants of the 12th edition of Talents Durban, within the official DIFF/DFM programme.

Talents Durban is a five-day development programme presented in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, made up of workshops and seminars for African filmmakers, delivered by film industry professionals and academics.

After a rigorous selection process, 15 filmmakers and 3 film critics from 12 countries across the continent made the final cut, which consists of 3 features, 3 TV/web series, 3 animation, 3 documentaries, 3 shorts films, and 3 film critics:

In addition to these 18 Talents, a 2018 alumnus Talents award-winner, Aliki Saragas-Georgio will pitch her project When Shadows Move along with 20 other projects at the Durban FilmMart Finance Forum. Aliki is co-producer with Jacqui-lee Katz and Bridget Pickering and co-director with Jacqui-lee Katz.

Official 2019 Talents Durban Participants & Projects

Feature Selection:

Spirit (South Africa) Director: Vusiafrica Sindane

Black Widow (Rwanda) Director: Shema Deve

No Country For Little Girls’ Tantrums (Uganda) Director: Patience Nitumwesiga


Shorts Selection:

Heart Attack (South Africa) Screenwriter: Minenhle Luthuli

Strong Girls (Tunisia) Director: Inès Arsi

Organized Crime (Zimbabwe) Director: Derby Bheta


Documentary Selection:

And Who Will Cook? (Cape Verde) Director: Samira Pinto

The Sweet Cursed Dance (Rwanda) Director: Sibomana Alexandre

Twelve Pangas (South Africa) Director: Xola Mteto


Animation Selection:

The Mystery of Waza (Cameroon) Animation Director: Claye Edou

Box Cutters (South Africa) Animation Director: Naomi van Niekerk

The Course (Le Parcours) (Benin) Animation Director: Odilon Assou


TV & Web Series Selection:

Outfoxed (South Africa) Screenwriter: Jabulile Nadia Newman

Mau Mau (Kenya) Screenwriter: Damaris Irungu

Mami Wata (Gabon) Screenwriter: Samantha Biffot


Talent Press Selection:

Nkululeko Zilibokwe (South Africa) Talent Press

Jeoffrey Mukubi (Namibia) Talent Press

Kayode Faniyi (Nigeria) Talent Press


“The 12th edition is presented under the theme of “A Journey to Authenticity” inspired by the present moment in African cinema,” explains Menzi Mhlongo, Talents Durban co-ordinator. “Following a global renaissance of African cinema and television content, the demand for stories from the continent is rising. African storytellers and audiences seeking to connect with African cinema also have to grapple with the question of what is ‘authentic’ African cinema. For the filmmaker this question has a far more inward dimension as well – before the auteur can offer the answer to this question they have to ask the question of themselves – what is authentic to me? With a four day programme of masterclasses, mentorship and networking on offer, we are looking for the best voices in African cinema- storytellers who represent the future of what it means to have an ‘Authentic Voice’ – to join this pertinent conversation.”

Participants will interact with over 600 delegates from the DIFF and Durban FilmMart, the co-production and finance forum, which takes place from 19-22 July during the festival. The Talents will also get to be part of several project-oriented, hands-on skills development programmes. Practical development programmes within Talents Durban include Story Junction, masterclasses, and one-on-one mentorships.

Story Junction is a platform showcasing projects linked to the festival. Talents will present their project at Story Junction to peers and industry delegates. Delegates will be able to request meetings with participants whose projects they wish to engage with further.

Each of the Talents will receive a mentor for an intensive programme of one-on-one consultation, and the entire group will engage in project and strategy development workshops. The mentors selected are experts in their respective fields (e.g. documentary, fiction, drama series, web, mobile content, TV and animation) that suit the needs of the participants and their projects.

In collaboration with the Durban FilmMart, Talents will have access to the inaugural Durban Does Docs conference, the Locations Africa Exhibition, a programme on women-led film hosted by Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT), and a selection of masterclasses, seminars, workshops, labs and networking opportunities for filmmakers.

Talents Durban is one of 7 Talents International Programmes formed by Berlinale Talents in Africa and around the world including Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Talents Tokyo in Japan, Talents Guadalajara in Mexico and Talent Press Rio.

Talents Durban is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Goethe-Institut SA, German Embassy in South Africa, National Film and Video Foundation and Gauteng Film Commission.

The 40th Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with support from eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, the National Film and Video Foundation, German Embassy, Goethe-Institut and a range of other valued partners.

The SA FILM Academy and Reel Partners release NFVF training documentary on the wonders of water

The SA FILM Academy (SAFA) and Reel Partners recently announced the release of their National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) training documentary Water is Life – taking a fresh look at our most vital resource – through the eyes of young kids and a crew of trainees.

That water is essential to life, is a truism; after all, 60% of our body weight, 83% of our brain and our heart and about 85% of our lungs come from water. The importance of water is drilled into us and despite the memory of drought and Day Zero, we still find ourselves taking this precious resource for granted. The NFVF, SA FILM Academy and Reel Partners’ Water is Life documentary project serves as a timely reminder to ‘Wake Up!’ to the priceless value and true wonder of fresh and sea water, and encourages viewers to cherish and preserve this vital asset for posterity.

The aim of the Water is Life project – produced by the SA FILM Academy and Reel Partners with numerous sponsors – and directed and narrated by Nomfundo Lucia Masango, is to provide an ideal platform for hands-on, in-service, mentored ‘learning by doing’ training on a fully-fledged, turn-key production.

The strategic challenge was to integrate a life, occupational and entrepreneurial skills development and accredited, in-service training programme training individuals in theory and general skills required in film production – with the professional, creative production of a documentary.

View Water is Life on the SAFA YouTube content platform.


African filmmakers unite under ‘Pavillon Afriques’ at Festival de Cannes 2019

Now in its 72nd year, the Festival de Cannes is a key highlight on the global film festival calendar, bringing together filmmakers from across the globe to premiere new content. This year, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), together with 15 other African nations, is launching the Pavillon Afriques. Taking place from 14 to 25 May 2019, the African delegation – at a dedicated exhibition stand – will showcase content that highlights the diversity and plurality of African film and television.

Festival de Cannes is the world’s biggest gathering of film industry professionals who come to sell films, find partners and expand their professional network. Focused on the business of film in Africa and within the African diaspora, Pavillon Afriques aims to leverage recent industry advancements that are shaping African storytelling and the continent’s motion-picture business. The NFVF’s delegation, led by the newly appointed CEO Makhosazana Khanyile, is proudly taking along 11 filmmakers – some of whom will be showcasing their films.

“The Festival de Cannes serves as a great platform to showcase not only South African content and talent, but to also raise awareness around what we, as the African continent, can offer the world. Pavillon Afriques is about showcasing the interconnectivity of the African experience. As a continental block, we recognise that real strength lies in collective bargaining, shared skills and collaboration,” says NFVF CEO, Makhosazana Khanyile.

This year the South African delegation will be co-led by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a strategic partner of the NFVF, mandated with promoting sustainable industrial development and innovation for the benefit of South Africa and the rest of Africa.

“The film and television industry, in our view, has great potential to be a catalyst for substantive growth and development in South Africa. International festivals, like Cannes, provide the perfect platform to promote South Africa as a world-class filming and co-production destination,” says Maijang Mpherwane, head of the Media and Audio-visual Strategic Business Unit at the IDC.

South Africa will feature strongly in the documentary segment of the festival, with four films selected to be screened at ‘Doc Corner’, a dedicated venue and tailored programme honouring the essential role documentaries play in contemporary societies. The four documentaries selected include: The Rise, The Colonel’s Stray Dogs, African Warrior Queen, and Influence. “We are excited to share films that give the world a small window into the inner workings of South African society. In today’s fake news era, documentary films are a powerful tool for shining a light on – and driving debate around – important issues affecting the world,” concludes Khanyile.

One of only three films selected to be screened at Cannes is Lace, a short film produced by VIVA Pictures which follows Garvey, a man hopelessly in love, on the night he plans to propose to his girlfriend. However, what should be a night of excitement turns into a night of tragedy, which through technology, he relives over and over again. Lace represents a new wave in South African cinema; one in which more diverse genres and films styles are coming to the fore and achieving international acclaim. Kgosi Choene, director & writer of Lace said, “To place second overall, out of a total of 5000 global submissions was a massive confidence booster and proved that we could compete with the very best in the world. By telling compelling and uniquely African stories that resonate with international audiences, we realised that we could help change the way the world views Africa.”

South African filmmakers travelling to Cannes as part of the National Film and Video Foundation’s delegation:

  • Bonolo Madisakwane
  • David Kabale
  • Dylan Voogt
  • Kevin John Singh
  • Khalid Shamis
  • Kgosi Choene
  • Jacintha Timothy
  • John Barker
  • Mary-Ann Mandishona
  • Neo Ntlatleng
  • Sara Blecher
  • Neil Brandt
  • Weaam William

Encounters Rough Cut Lab announces call for documentary submissions

In partnership with Refinery Cape Town and the South African Guild of Editors (SAGE), the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival invites South African filmmakers to submit their documentary films for the 2nd Encounters Rough Cut Lab (RCL) to be held in Cape Town from 29 to 31 May 2019.

A maximum of three South African projects, consisting of one director and one editor, whose films are in post-production, will be selected to spend three days working on their film with internationally experienced homegrown editors Megan Gill, Ronelle Loots and Khalid Shamis. Projects will receive world class expertise and insight on story and technical challenges.

Prizes will be generously awarded by The Refinery in the form of free days for Grade or Online.

This call is only open to projects with an assembled rough cut.

Submissions Details:

  • A one-page synopsis maximum.
  • A biography of the director and editor.
  • A post-production schedule and predicted timeline for completion.
  • An online screener link and password to the viewable rough cut.
  • A one-page document from the director and another one-page document from the editor outlining the difficulties experienced with the film’s current structure and/or problematic areas in the story.
  • A write up of what has been achieved up to this point. No less than five weeks must have been spent in edit prior to the lab.
  • Films need to be independently produced, non-commissioned and feature-length – 70 mins or above.
  • All available footage accessible on a USB 3, firewire or thunderbolt hard drives.
  • Indicate software and software version used.

Send to: kamva@encounters.co.za with Rough Cut Lab in the subject line.

Submissions Deadline: On or before 4pm (South African time), Friday, 19 April 2019.

Any submissions that do not follow the strict submission details and page limitations will be disqualified.

The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) will provide travel and accommodation funding for RCL participants living outside of the Western Cape. Participants are responsible for applying for their own funding with the NFVF. SAGE will be available to assist the RCL participants with their applications process if need be.

The National Film & Video Foundation appoints new CEO

Makhosazana Khanyile has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF), effective 1 April 2019.

Khanyile brings a wealth of experience, having worked for a number of companies in the broadcast industry. She currently holds the position of Director of Marketing: Africa Division for Fox News International.

The appointment follows a rigorous, independent assessment process that saw the commissioning of an independent board of experts constituted to select the best possible candidate for the position.

“The selection and appointment process was beyond reproach, and we are confident that Miss Khanyile will take the NFVF to greater heights and position the South African film industry as a key player on the global stage,” said NFVF chairperson Phil Molefe.

All the winners at the 13th annual SAFTAs

South Africa’s film and television talent and content producers once again descended upon Sun City in the North West province for this year’s edition of the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) on 1 – 2 March.

The star-studded awards show, hosted by the Metro FM duo Pearl Modiadie and Thomas Msengana, celebrated the country’s film & television talent, with winners – decided on by a panel of 250 judges – walking away with the coveted Golden Horn in various categories.

Popular Telenovela, The River, scooped 10 awards, making it the highest winning television production at the SAFTAs this year.

The SAFTAs13 winners are as follows:

Best Student Film

The Water Dancers, University of Cape Town

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Comedy

Thuli noThulani, Rethabile Ramaphakela, Mpho Osei, Karabo Lediga, Anne Davis, Julian Koboekae, Tshegofatso Monaisa, Meren Reddy, Bradley Katzen & Katleho Ramaphakela

Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Comedy

Abo Mzala (Season 3), Lerato Pitso

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hair – TV Comedy

Abo Mzala (Season 3), Regentse Munyai

Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Comedy

Abo Mzala (Season 3), Gisellah Mcleod

Best Achievement in Sound – TV Comedy

Bedford Wives, Janno Muller

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Comedy

Tali’s Wedding Diary, James Adey

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Comedy

Tali’s Wedding Diary, Richard Starkey

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap

Isithembiso, Charleen Ntsane, Chris Blomkamp, Daniel Zimbler, Sayitsheni Mdakhi, Iain Paton, Catherine Muller, Libby Dougherty, Andrew Petersen, Mbasa Tsetsana, Sydney Dire Zoe Arthur, Thabo Boom & Matthew Jankes

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Soap

Isithembiso, Kirsten de Magalhaes, Rian van der Walt, Jeremy Briers, Molatsi Molefe, Martin Mosala, Sphiwe Nhlumayo, Matodzi Nedmungadi, Tshepo Kgatsoetsoe & Brett Anolik

Best Achievement in Sound – TV Soap

Isithembiso, Sound Team

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Soap

Isithembiso, Sevetian Maslamoney & Zeno Petersen

Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Soap

Uzalo, Nokubonga Ngobeni

Best Achievement in Makeup & Hair – TV Soap

Uzalo, Stella Johnson

Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Soap

Getroud Met Rugby, Michelle Cronje

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Telenovela

The River, Gwydion Beynon & Phathutshedzo Makwarela

Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score – Telenovela

The River, Brendan Jury

Best Achievement in Editing – Telenovela

The River, Ula Oelsen, Bongi Malefo & Matodzi Nemungadi

Best Achievement in Sound – Telenovela

The River, Ben Oelsen, Lele Seate & Tladi Mabuya

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Telenovela

The River, Gaopie Kabe & Trevor Brown

Best Achievement in Wardrobe – Telenovela

Broken Vows, Princess Morodi

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hair – Telenovela

Broken Vows, Mmabatho Seema

Best Achievement in Art Direction – Telenovela

Broken Vows, Sam Dell

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Drama

Emoyeni, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Karabo Lediga, Tshenolo Mabale, Nozipho Nkelemba & Mmabatho Montsho

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Drama

Emoyeni, Itumeleng Nkabinde

Best Achievement in Sound – TV Drama

Fynskrif, Stef Albertyn

Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score – TV Drama

Fynskrif, Braam Du Toit

Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Drama

The Docket, Ilze Van Den Berg, Richard Rehbock & Nazo Maloyi

Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Drama

Lockdown (Season 2), Gisellah Mcleod

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hair – TV Drama

Lockdown (Season 2), Babalwa Carol Djieutcheu

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Drama

Emoyeni, Marc Rowlston

Best Achievement in Directing – Documentary Feature

Everything Must Fall, Rehad Desai

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Documentary Feature

Tribe Versus Pride, Dereck Joubert

Best Achievement in Editing – Documentary Feature

Tribe Versus Pride, Jolene Van Antwerp

Best Achievement in Sound Design – Documentary Feature

Tribe Versus Pride, Beverly Joubert

Best Wildlife Programme

Incredible Bats, Earth Touch

Best Children’s Programme

Restyle my Style (Season 4), Quizzical Pictures (Pty) Ltd

Best Reality Show

My First, Mirror Effect Media

Best Game Show

Noot Vir Noot (Series 43), Stemmburg Television

Best International Format Show

My Kitchen Rules South Africa (Season 2), Picture Tree

Best Factual & Educational Programme

Kick It, Engage Entertainment

Best Current Affairs Programme

Dr Sello Of Ikhageng, Health-e

Best Variety Show

Jan, Brainwave Productions

Best Magazine Show

Nisboere (Season 1), Production etal

Best Youth Programme

Mi Kasi Su Kasi, What Box

Best Music Show

The Rockets 50ste Herdenking Konsert, All Star Production

Best Made-for-TV Movie

Thembi’s Trial, Chocolate Milk and Cookies

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Feature Film

Kanarie, Christiaan Olwagen & Charl-Johan Lingenfelder

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film

Meerkat Maantuig, Willie Nel

Best Achievement in Sound Design – Feature Film

Sew the Winter to My Skin, Barry Donnelly

Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score – Feature Film

Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie, Quinn Lubbe

Best Achievement in Editing – Feature Film

Nommer 37, Simon Beesley

Best Achievement in Production Design – Feature Film

Five Fingers for Marseilles, J Franz Lewis

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Feature Film

Five Fingers for Marseilles, Pierre Vienings

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling – Feature Film

Stroomop, Minuche Bridgette Snyman

Best Short Film

Stillborn, Yellowbone Entertainment

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Comedy

Tali’s Wedding Diary, Ari Kruger

Best Actress – TV Comedy

Tali’s Wedding Diary, Julia Anastasopoulos as Tali Shapiro

Best Actor – TV Comedy

Elke Skewe Pot (Season 2), Hannes Brummer as Benny

Best Supporting Actress – TV Comedy

Abo Mzala (Season 3), Nomsa Buthelezi as Thandi

Best Supporting Actor – TV Comedy

Single Galz, Warren Masemola as Anthony (Care Taker)

Best TV Comedy

Tali’s Wedding Diary, Sketchbook Studios

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap

Isibaya, Phiwe Mkhanzi & Sthembiso Mathenjwa

Best Actress – TV Soap

Scandal!, Kgomotso Christopher as Yvonne Langa

Best Actor – TV Soap

Rhythm City, Jamie Bartlett as David Genaro

Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap

Isibaya, Gcina Mkhize as Khanyi

Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap

Isibaya, Abdul Khoza as Qhaphela Ngwenya

Best TV Soap

Uzalo, Stained Glass Productions

Best Achievement in Directing – Telenovela

The River, Johnny Barbuzano, Catharine Cooke, Zolani Phakade & Ferry Jele

Best Actress – Telenovela

The River, Moshidi Motshegwa as Malefu

Best Actor – Telenovela

The River, Presley Chweneyagae as Cobra

Best Supporting Actress – Telenovela  

Ring of Lies (Season 2), Vele Manenje as Shanduka “Shandu” Mukondeleli

Best Supporting Actor – Telenovela

The River, Lawrence Maleka as Zolani

Best Telenovela

The River, Tshedza Pictures CC

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Drama

Tjovitjo, Vincent Moloi

Best Actress – TV Drama

Lockdown (Season 2), Dawn Thandeka King Ma-Z

Best Actor – TV Drama

Emoyeni, Mothusi Magano as Phakamile Dladla

Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama

Lockdown (Season 2), Lorcia Cooper as Tyson

Best Supporting Actor – TV Drama

Is’thunzi (Season 2), S’dumo Mtshali as Mandla

Best TV Drama

Lockdown (Season 2), Black Brain Pictures

Best Documentary Feature

Everything Must Fall, Uhuru Productions (Pty) Ltd

Best Talk Show

Thando Bares All, Oxyg3n Media

Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film

Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie, Daryne Joshua

Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film

Stroomop, Ilse Klink as Diona

Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film

Sew the Winter to My Skin, Zolisa Xaluva as Black Wyatt Earp

Best Actress – Feature Film

Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie, Jill Levenberg as Ellen Pakkies

Best Actor – Feature Film

Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie, Jarrid Geduld as Abie Pakkies

Best Feature Film

Sew the Winter to My Skin, Yellowbone Entertainment


The NFVF announces call for documentary proposals for ‘The Next 25 Years of Democracy’

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) invites eligible production companies to submit proposals under the theme: The Next 25 Years of Democracy.

This year marks the 25th year of democracy in South Africa and the NFVF will be commissioning four companies to produce one documentary each, to celebrate our achievements as a nation. Reflecting on some of the defining moments that shaped us over the past two decades. The NFVF is looking for fully developed projects that create deep and lasting impressions through a fascinating story, character(s), or cinematic approach.

Documentaries have often been praised for their ability to reflect, enlighten, transform, provoke, and mobilise. With this in mind, the NFVF is looking for contemporary concepts that are solutions driven and reimagine the next 25 years of democracy in SA.


Funding to the value of R750,000 will be awarded for the production of one 48-minute documentary which falls under the theme of ‘The next 25 Years of Democracy’.

Proposals must demonstrate the preservation of South Africa’s history, and most importantly provide solutions to the next generation through a strong premise, critical thinking, and competing views.

Proposals must have a clear central idea, captivating and compelling story, inspiring character(s), a bold visual style and accurate representation of our nation.

The film that is produced out of this initiative will have to meet the NFVF’s requirements for content that informs, educates, entertains and offers unique perspectives of South Africa’s young democracy.

Selection Criteria for Projects


  • All proposals must have a strong, written concept for a stand-alone film with a clearly thought out premise or controlling idea;
  • The film should NOT focus on profiling a specific political figure;
  • Film concepts should aim for objectivity, while still presenting a clear point of view;
  • The length of the film should be 48 minutes with the potential for a feature-length production;
  • The film must have completed development or be in the early stages of pre-production in order to meet the deadline for September 2019 screenings/broadcast;
  • Proposals must include knowledge of target audience;
  • Films must have strong distribution potential both locally and internationally, and therefore must have a global appeal;
  • The producer must have the ability to deliver on a realistic budget and have the ability to manage the budget;
  • The producer must demonstrate a plan to complete and deliver the project by September 2019.


In order for a production company to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Producers must be South African citizens or a permanent resident of South Africa;
  • The applying company must be tier 1 or 2 with a proven track record;
  • Preference will be given to female-owned companies;
  • 51% black-owned and managed companies with a unique proposal;
  • Production company should demonstrate an understanding of packaging and marketing of documentary films;
  • Producer or production company to have established relationships with local distributor(s) and/or international sales agent(s). 

Who Does Not Qualify

  • Previous recipients of NFVF slate funding (animation slate, documentary slates, youth and female filmmaker project recipients are NOT eligible for this fund);
  • Individuals and/or production companies that have four active NFVF funded projects across the value chain i.e. development, production, post-production, marketing and distribution, training and festival funding support.

Key Requirements

All applications must include:

  • 1-page synopsis;
  • Visual treatment;
  • Detailed outline;
  • Character bible/s;
  • Consent forms (compulsory requirement);
  • CVs of the key creative team (Producer, Director, Writer, DOP editors) with showreel/portfolio of work;
  • Budget and proposed production schedule;
  • Finance and recoupment plan (if the budget exceeds the allocated amount);
  • Marketing and distribution strategy and plan;
  • Chain of title documentation;
  • Archive list (if applicable);
  • BBBEE certificate;
  • Original valid tax clearance certificate (valid for 3 months);
  • Certified ID copy (valid for 3 months);
  • Company registration document.

Failure to submit the above-mentioned documentation will render the application incomplete and therefore disqualified.

All applications must be submitted via the NFVF application portal.

Application queries may be directed to applications@nfvf.co.za

For all content related queries email Yolanda Ncokotwana at yolandan@nfvf.co.za

CLOSING DATE: 17 February 2019

13th annual South African Film and Television Awards update

The 13th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), will take place on 2 March 2019 at the Sun City Superbowl.

The primary objective of the SAFTAs is to honour, celebrate and promote the creativity, quality, and excellence of South African Film and Television talent and productions, and to encourage entrepreneurship and the development of new talent within the industry.

Judging process:

The SAFTAs judging process is divided into two phases. In the first phase of judging, which began in November 2018, the 250 SAFTAs judges are grouped into panels based on their skill set. The judging process is guided by the overall judging chairpersons, producer Firdoze Bulbulia and South African singer, actress, and playwright Thembi Mtshali-Jones.

The panels receive content that has been submitted by various production houses in their chosen categories. All content undergoes an internal and external verification process. The verification processes ensure that producers have entered their content into the correct categories and that each submission is valid in terms of the entry guidelines. This year, OMA Chartered Accountants Inc. have been appointed as the external auditors and have completed the first external verification process.

The judges will spend the next three weeks viewing, scoring and making comments on the content. Their individual scores will then be discussed during the second judging phase.

Phase 2 of the judging process will begin in January 2019 as judges congregate in one venue across Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, and Mafikeng to deliberate and vote on three nominees per category. These judging sessions will be adjudicated by the external auditors to ensure fairness.

Production company:

The NFVF is pleased to announce that Clive Morris Productions (CMP) has been awarded the tender to execute and deliver the live to air production of the awards. CMP comes with extensive experience having produced some of South Africa’s flagship programmes as well as a plethora of live productions.

Nominees announcement and live broadcast:

The nominees will be announced in February 2019, leading up to the live show, which will be broadcast on SABC2 on 2 March 2019.

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