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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.

SA’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has announced that Sew the Winter to My Skin is South Africa’s official entry for the 91st Academy Awards (Oscars) in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The NFVF assembled a South African Academy Awards selection committee, comprised of professionals from various fields within the filmmaking value chain. The committee sat over two days to view the four films submitted and ultimately selected Sew the Winter to My Skin.

Written and directed by Jahmil X.T Qubeka, Sew the Winter to My Skin, explores the true myth of legendary black rebel folk hero, John Kepe. In the rural Great Karoo region, the bandit John Kepe terrorises white farmers, stealing their livestock and supplies to give back to his impoverished community. General Botha, an embittered World War II veteran, becomes obsessed with the capture of the notorious Kepe and leads an epic manhunt for him through the mountains, where he is rumoured to occupy a mysterious cave. Evading capture for over a decade, outwitting Botha and the settlers, John Kepe’s raids become ever more brazen and his escapes from the authorities ever more daring.

The outlaw’s legend grows in the hearts and minds of the poor and marginalised indigenous population, and the self-proclaimed “Samson of the Boschberg Mountains” emerges as both an enigma to his pursuers and a romantic object of adoration for his fellow victims of oppression.

With John Kepe’s very existence representing a threat to the inevitable march of colonial displacement, the hunt to capture and kill the outlaw reaches a desperate crescendo, and his mythological status as a hero and symbol of resistance is cemented forever.

The committee applauded the film as an unmistakeable bold, South African voice that tackles historical and contemporary issues, in both South Africa and the world. Global audiences will be able to resonate with the story while being taken on a skilfully crafted cinematic and musical journey.

The film made its world premiere earlier this month during the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) and will make its local premiere at the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival.

IPO on the state of the NFVF

The independent Producers Organisation (IPO) released a statement on the allegations in regard to the divided National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) council, as reported in the City Press by Charl Blignaut on 2 September 2018.

City Press reports various irregularities with regard to foreign trips taken by NFVF council members, many of which were not concerned with operational matters. Besides this, the findings of the Comperio report cite irregular financial approvals and the apparent abuse of position.

The forensic report into the NFVF has not been released to the industry but it is critical that the appointment of a new CEO is treated as an opportunity to thoroughly overhaul the governance practices of such a vital industry body, and represent a return to the letter and spirit of the NFVF Act 1997 and international best practice.

The IPO is alarmed by the apparent appointment by the NFVF council’s of the acting CEO, Shadrack Bokaba without due process, since his application for the job seems to have been made after the deadline published in the advert for the CEO position and because “Impeccably placed sources say Molefe openly told an NFVF executive committee (exco) meeting on 29 May that he had short-listed candidates for the position and that Bokaba had made the cut”, whereas the advert for the CEO position was only published a month later on 1 July.

The film and television industry requires someone with industry experience, to be appointed through an open and transparent process rather than having to accept someone “anointed” by the NFVF council to further their narrow personal interests at the expense of the industry.

The IPO calls on the NFVF council to confirm that the shortlisting and interview process for the appointment of the new CEO has been and will continue to be done in a fair and transparent manner, according to the existing government and industry standard guidelines and NFVF policy. Additional to this, the IPO insists that a member of the IPO be present in all the deliberations of the CEO recruitment process to further pursue a fair and transparent process without delay.

Call for videography and photography proposals for school camp programme

The Heritage Education Schools Outreach Programme (HESOP) is an annual event hosted in partnership with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), National Heritage Council (NHC), Department of Basic Education (DBE), South African National Parks (SANParks) and Brand SA. The purpose of this programme is to the create awareness of heritage and culture within the school curriculum.

The HESOP is a school camp programme that takes place during school holidays and it is targeted at high school learners from different district provincial level.

The event is held at different national parks or heritage sites around South Africa. The 2018 HESOP will be held at Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State Province from 1 to 5 October 2018.


  • Create awareness of the importance of cultural and natural heritage.
  • Create an information sharing platform for educators, heritage practitioners, environmentalists, departments, practitioners and other stakeholders
  • enable participating schools to gain free access to heritage sites and other protected areas in their respective provinces.

Scope of work:


Filming of the 5-day camp in a documentary format (approximately 43 minutes).

  • Cover the various events/preparation/field trips at the camp 
  • The documentary should also contain comments by participants (learners/judges/teachers/organisers.) 
  • The format of the documentary: 
    • Fully scripted (with approximately 10 – 15 minutes of presentation snippets, thus without voice-over/script).
    • Voice-over commentary, approximately 30 minutes, with SA-wide usage.
    • Packaging and copies – USB presentation cases with full colour box insert, 88 copies. Short and long versions of the documentary on one authored DVD with menu.
    • Another 12 copies of the documentaries to be included in the 6-DVD Box along with the prepared presentations (2 DVDs, approximately 180 minutes), camp assignment
    • include subtitles
    • Presentations (approximately 90 – 120 minutes, thus 1 or 2 DVDs) and photographs (1 x Data DVD) of the entire camp.


A photographer is required to take still photographs and provide on (12 x) USBs – optimised and in photoshop format, large enough for banner and brochure printing. 

  • The photographs should include pictures of each provincial team as well as an individual portrait of every team member and the teachers;  also organisers, the entire group at the event, the prize winners, the judges, VIPs at the prize-giving function and well as photographs of other activities, including field trips.
  • The provincial team photographs as well as the individual photographs and a photograph of the entire group that will be in attendance. The photos must be printed and ready to present to each learner on the final evening of the event.  (Every learner and teacher must receive his/her own portrait, the team and group photograph)
  • approximately 50 postcard size prints – individual photographs
  • approximately 50  5 x 7 prints of team photographs
  • Approximately 50 x A5 photographs of the entire group.
  • All photography to be branded with all project logo and 2018 partners’ logos
  • Photographer will be required to send raw photos from the day activities in-between for social media activation.

Mandatory requirements:

  • Applicant has to be registered on the National Treasury central supplier database and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) database with a valid tax clearance certificate
  • Certified ID copy (valid for 3 months)
  • BBBEE certificate
  • Company profile
  • CIPC documents

Deadline for submission of quotations and proposals is on Thursday, 13 September 2018.

For submission details, rules and guidelines, click here.

The Africa Hub makes its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival

The Africa Hub was conceptualised by national film funding bodies from South Africa, Nigeria and Namibia in attempt to augment African presence at international film festivals and markets. The Hub made its debut at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on 6 September and will run until 16 September 2018. The term Africa Hub has been coined to represent the unified initiative to positioning Africa and a lucrative film destination filled with numerous opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.

South Africa will be represented by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and Department of Trade and Industry (dti). Nigeria will be represented by the National Film Video Censors Board, while the Namibia Film Commission will represent Namibia.

The objectives of the hub is to promote co-productions, to build relationships with partners for best practise sharing, open new markets for African content and to promote content produced in African countries.

The Africa Hub will serve as a home for all Africans at the film festival and will be the go-to place for all institutions or countries interested in doing business with the countries represented at the Hub.

“The Africa Hub is part of the NFVF’s focus on strengthening relationships with other African countries. The objective is to work together as film organisations in the continent to ensure that our content travels within the region and internationally. But it is also to foster agreements that will create opportunities to co-create content,” says NFVF acting CEO Shadrack Bokaba.

The NFVF congratulates Rafiki, Sew The Winter To My Skin and aKasha for being selected into the official festival programme.

Rafiki directed by Wanuri Kahiu

Rafiki is a love story between two young women (played by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva) in a society that still bans homosexuality; Rafiki is saturated with joy, heartbreak, and a richly effervescent cinematography that showcases Kahiu’s native Nairobi in all its vibrancy.

When Kena and Ziki first lock eyes, it’s a genuine coup de foudre despite the fact their families are political rivals. The young women grow close, but as they are not able to show their attraction in public — or even to their relatives and friends — they are forced to sneak small moments in private. Together they create their own world, vividly evoked through Kahiu’s filmic eye, where their love isn’t anything other than an expression of their commitment to each other. The space they create, however, isn’t immune to the biases of the outside world.

See the Rafiki trailer here

Sew the Winter to my Skin directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

One of the most exciting voices in South African filmmaking, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka looks back to the early days of the repressive apartheid regime and reimagines the capture of John Kepe, the “Samson of the Boschberg Mountains.” For decades, Kepe stole livestock and other goods from white colonist farmers and shared his spoils with the impoverished Indigenous population. His acts — and that he evaded capture for more than 12 years — earned him the title of folk hero to some, and a notorious bandit to others.

Qubeka picks up Kepe’s tale in the 1950s, during the massive hunt by authorities to apprehend and punish this mid-century Robin Hood figure. On one hand, is a keenly observed epic-adventure drama (and a nod to the western) that captures the horrors of South Africa’s racist colonial regime. Qubeka, however, also subverts the conventions of the period piece by using limited dialogue and an immersive score. Instead of simply romanticising Kepe’s myth again, Qubeka, through his evocative formal choices, probes, as he says, “mankind’s inherent need to feed into mythologies that conveniently suit the order of the day.”

See the  Sew the Winter to my Skin trailer here.

aKasha directed by Hajooj Kuka

Documentarian Hajooj Kuka takes a self-assured step towards fictional storytelling in this comedy pivoting on an unlikely love triangle between a boy, a girl, and an AK-47 in rebel-held areas of Sudan.

No viable solution to the civil war in rebel-held areas of Sudan has been found since the outbreak of violence in 2011. But every year in the Nuba Mountains region, all sides are forced to put down their arms due to an unlikely power: mud. During the rainy season, rebels return home to their families and loved ones to take advantage of the pause in fighting. It’s right after this welcome lull that Hajooj Kuka begins his offbeat comedy about a love triangle between a boy, a girl, and an AK-47.

After a post-coital argument with Lina (Ekram Marcus), Adnan (Kamal Ramadan) hightails it without grabbing his gun. With his pants barely pulled up, he runs into Absi (Ganja Chakado), a young man who’s not keen on rejoining the fighting. He wants to dodge the “kasha,” the annual round-up of soldiers. The pair then embarks on a wild 24 hours — dodging their higher-ups, elders, and romantic rivals alike — to try and get back Adnan’s girl, his gun, and his dignity.

See the aKasha trailer here.

The NFVF ignites the film industry in the Eastern Cape

The NFVF, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, was mandated to ensure the equitable growth of the South African film and video industry. In fulfilling this mandate, the NFVF supports the development of the film industry in under-serviced provinces like the Eastern Cape.

The strategy to develop the film industry in the Eastern Cape will focus on:

  • Assisting with the establishment of a film commission
  • The film centre infrastructure project
  • Training of filmmakers in scarce skills
  • Facilitation of the disbursement of funds

The NFVF has been instrumental in pursuing the decentralisation of film activities and the establishment of film commissions in the various provinces is central to this mission. Film commissions play a crucial role in organising and creating structures for the growth of the film industry in any province. Therefore, assisting the establishment of a functional film commission in the Eastern Cape is imperative.

The film centre infrastructure project is the second focus and is dedicated to creating an affordable workspace for filmmakers in the Eastern Cape that will accommodate post-production and screening services. The NFVF will resource the film centre and have dedicated training programmes to equip filmmakers in the province with the necessary skills.

The NFVF is encouraged by the commitment from the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council (ECPACC) towards the advancement of the film industry in the province. The partnership yielded in an investment of R20 million towards the development and production of content. This investment aims to contribute towards the production of eight feature films, one TV series and the research and development of 32 productions. As the national film funding body, the NFVF will facilitate the disbursement of these funds through the creation of processes and procedures for funding as well as providing guidance and support to the selected projects.

These initiatives will play an important role in the advancement of the film industry in the Eastern Cape and is set to contribute towards employment creation, the promotion of more diverse locations, increasing the country’s creative and technical skills base as well as enhancing South Africa’s international film profile.

“The NFVF is working tirelessly to promote a transformed, equitable, and sustainable film industry and it is through strategic partnerships like these, with the provincial government and other stakeholders, that we are able to grow and move the South African film industry forward. All South Africans must be allowed an opportunity to participate in our industry and this can only be achieved through the development of an invigorated film industry in all provinces,” said NFVF acting CEO, Shadrack Bokaba.

Canada and South Africa co-development incentive now open

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, have launched a dedicated incentive for the co-development of television projects between Canadian producers and South African producers.

To qualify, projects must involve producers eligible under criteria from both organisations. Eligible projects are television programmes in the drama, documentary, or children and youth genres. For further details on the programme, including guidelines and key dates, please click here. Closing date for applications is 10 October 2018.

The total amount of funding available through the Incentive is approximately CAD $120,000 or ZAR 1,200,000 with each funding organisation contributing half of the funds. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the incentive is CAD $40,000 or ZAR 200,000.

Finding an international partner

Producers interested in finding an international partner as part of this incentive are invited to post a profile of their company on the CMF’s website.

Call for filmmakers to participate in Outward Film Investment Mission in LA

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites filmmakers to apply to participate in an Outward Film Investment Mission that will take place in Los Angeles, United States of America (USA) from 31 October to 7 November. The closing date for receipt of application forms is 4 September 2018.

The mission aims to promote South African audio-visual content in animation, feature films and television series. The mission also seeks to promote South Africa’s film industry landscape, film infrastructure projects and shooting locations to international producers.

The investment mission forms part of the dti’s objective to promote South Africa’s Film service offerings and attract co-production partners from USA.

The invitation to apply is extended to experienced South African filmmakers who have a proven track record for developing and producing two to five theatrically released feature films, animation, TV series, TV fiction and/or non-fiction in the past two years.

Companies will be screened and selected in line with recognised guidelines and market requirements.

For the approved companies, the dti will provide accommodation (bed and breakfast only), and economy class return airfare to a maximum of R17 000.

The EMIA application forms and guidelines can be accessed on this link. All applications are to be couriered. No emailed applications will be considered.

Submit the form together with the required documents by courier to:

The dti Campus,
EMIA Division
Building A, Ground Floor
77 Meintjies Street

Canada and SA renew co-development incentive

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, recently announced the renewal of an agreement to establish a dedicated incentive over three years for the co-development of television projects between Canadian producers and South African producers. The announcement was made during the Durban FilmMart (DFM) which took place from 20 to 23 July at the Elangeni Hotel in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

To qualify, projects must involve producers eligible under criteria from both organisations. Eligible projects are television programmes in the drama, documentary, or children and youth genres. Further details of the programme, including key dates, will be announced in the weeks to come.

The total amount of funding available through the incentive is approximately CAD 120 000 or ZAR 1 200 000 with each funding organisation contributing half of the funds. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the incentive is CAD 40 000 or ZAR 200 000.

Finding an international partner

Producers interested in finding an international partner as part of this incentive are invited to post a profile of their company on the Canada Media Fund website by clicking here. Profiles will be accessible to all, including potential partners from other countries.

The National Film and Video Foundation at DIFF 2018

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has had a strong presence at the Durban FilmMart (DFM) and Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which is currently taking place in Durban and running until 29 July 2018.

Five NFVF-funded films were included in the official festival selection this year; Farewell Ella Bella, Mayfair, Not In My Neighbourhood, The Adventures of Supermama and Table Manners. “It is encouraging to the see the content funded by the NFVF dominating local festivals along with other continental productions,” said an NFVF representative.

Through the DFM conference strand, the NFVF has been engaging with the broader South African film industry and sharing its key strategic objectives for this new financial year. As the national film funding body, the NFVF has spearheaded engagements with all the provincial and national structures in an effort to lead the strategic alignment of all programmes and services.

“As a finance and co-production market which aims to create partnerships and further the development and production of a film on the African continent, DFM is perfectly positioned to advance the NFVF’s objective of establishing and building partnerships within the African continent. The time has come to create fruitful relationships with other African countries,” commented an NFVF representative.

“Congratulations to all the NFVF funded films that will be screened in the official programme at the Durban International Film Festival. The NFVF will be making various announcements during the festival, which are aimed at creating more opportunities for the production of content and galvanising collaborations and partnerships. Collaborations and partnerships are very important to us, we know that if we are to develop and promote a transformed, equitable, and sustainable film industry, we cannot do this alone. I look forward to productive engagements at DFM and a display of world-class cinema through DIFF as well as the third BRICS Film Festival also taking place at the Playhouse from 22 July,” said NFVF acting CEO, Shadrack Bokaba.



NFVF statement on The Number

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. The NFVF’s role as the national film funding body is to particularly increase the number of South African films and Previously Disadvantaged Individuals (PDIs) producing them. To this end, the NFVF has dedicated programmes for the youth and women.

As a majority women-run organisation, the NFVF values, and respects women. The organisation was one of the first institutions to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) and promote the signing of the SWIFT Pledge against sexual harassment through various channels including at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) 12 ceremony.

Early in 2018, the NFVF awarded marketing and distribution funding to Born Free Media (BFM) for their film The Number. Subsequently, various allegations of sexual harassment and assault were made against former BFM director, Khalo Matabane. The remaining producers of BFM only became aware of these allegations following the press and social media reports.

BFM is founded on the values of diversity and respect and have always shown commitment to empowering and supporting women in the Film and Television Industry. As a member of the IPO and SWIFT, they have signed the SWIFT’s mission and code of good practice regarding its sexual harassment policy. They stand together with all organisations and campaigns that support #ThatsNotOk.

In light of these allegations BFM has chosen not to take up the funding awarded, a decision fully supported by the NFVF. The NFVF will not support acts that go directly against the pledge signed by the NFVF, but more importantly against the values that the NFVF is built on.

In addition, the NFVF is currently reviewing its policies to include a clause that all NFVF funded projects shall be required to attach a signed copy of the Code of Conduct of the Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT).

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