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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 call for international bursary applications

The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) is a statutory body mandated to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the SA film and video industry.

The NFVF’s bursary programme is aimed at building capacity by upskilling film and television professionals for global competitiveness, through its support of qualifying applicants for overseas studies which are not offered in South African tertiary institutions. Live performance or acting programmes are excluded.

This bursary will be awarded for the 2017 academic year with a cap of R250 000 inclusive of tuition and living expenses.

Qualifying criteria:

The applicant must:

– Apply six months before the course starts.
– Be a South African citizen;
– Have a good academic record;
– Demonstrate a need for a financial assistance; and
– Be enrolled at an accredited overseas tertiary institution for full-time studies; post graduate film/TV programme (course must commence in September 2017 and not be available in South Africa).

Applications must be accompanied by a detailed motivation explaining why the applicant should be awarded a bursary together with all the supporting documents as indicated in the online application form.

Please note:

– Failure to provide all requested information will lead to an automatic disqualification of the application.
– No late applications will be considered.
– Should there be a change of contact details the onus is on the applicant to notify NFVF.

For further information, consult the NFVF Funding Policy.

How to apply:

Complete an online international bursary application form which is available here.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2017 at 17h00 CAT.

For any queries regarding the application process email Thandekile Hlatshwayo at Thandekiles@nfvf.co.za and for queries regarding the qualifying criteria, email Lebohang Khunou at lebohang@nfvf.co.za or call 011 483 0880.

SAFTAs 2017 award nominees announced

The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) 11 Golden Horn nominee’s announcement was made on 16 February 2017, in Bryanston at The Forum. The SAFTAs 11 breakfast was attended by members of the media, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Stakeholders, respected members of the South African film and television industry, as well as the nominees.

The SAFTA team at the NFVF with assistance from the SAFTA committee members (CCISFA, SASFED, eTV, Mnet, SABC and Starsat) have put in tremendous effort to ensure that the awards uphold a standard of excellence and remain a world class production. The awards will take place on the 16 to 18 March 2017 in Sun City. The audience can watch the live show on 18 March 2017 on SABC 2 at 20h00. With the awards being in their 11th year of celebrating growth and talent the 11th annual SAFTAs have been themed SA’s got it – let’s Celebrate it which is a well-suited vision of looking towards setting higher goals for the South African film and television industry.

Zama Mkosi, CEO of the NFVF said, “We are extremely proud and honoured to have finally reached this stage of the SAFTAs 11, we as the NFVF would like to congratulate all the nominees and hope to encourage the industry to continue striving while setting its own rules around what success looks like for the business of film. Each year comes with its own challenges and growth opportunities that we highly prioritise. The NFVF will continue to strive for transparency and solutions in order to make sure that the SAFTAs showcase not only the glamorous side of the industry, but the underlying wealth of talent, education, skill and most importantly the passion that the South African industry truly has.’

The NFVF would like to acknowledge and thank all the 181 SAFTAs 11 judges for their invaluable contribution and dedication to the adjudication and voting process that started in December 2016. Their work under the directorship and guidance from the three overall judging chairs; Jerry Mofokeng, Firdoze Bulbulia and Dr John Kani has finally resulted in a crucial and exciting part of the SAFTAs 11 journey concluding the SAFTAs 11 nominees. All the auditing for the SAFTAs 11 judging process has been officially procured by PWC South Africa.

Key to the success of SAFTAs 11 are the private sector partners that have come on board such as Sun International, Mc Cafe and Ster Kinekor. Mc Cafe have shown significant surpport in advancing and developing the exceptional talent in South Africa. Mc Cafe will present the Best Actor and Actress Awards in a Feature Film at the awards. Ster Kinekor has shown its commitment to the development of the film industry by presenting the Youth Achiever Award, an award that recognises a young individual or new comer who has demonstrated excellence in their craft.

For the full list of nominees visit the NFVF website.

NFVF call for submissions for the 70th Cannes International Film Festival

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will embark on a trip to the 70th Cannes International Film Festival being held from 17 to 28 May 2017. The festival, is internationally recognised as the leading film festival and marketing event, bringing together filmmakers and key decision makers from across the globe to conduct the business of film.

The NFVF will publish a catalogue of projects from the 2016/17 period seeking either completion finance or sales agents. Amongst other activities, the NFVF will also host a sales event with the purpose of presenting completed projects to international buyers and agents.

Independent filmmakers with projects that have completed development (final polish scripts) or have completed projects that are ready for sale are requested to submit synopses of projects they would like the NFVF to consider for inclusion in the catalogue and/or pitch at the sales event. Applicants are requested to email the following information (application form is not required):

– Full synopsis of the project

– Details of key creative team

– Tagline

– High resolution poster (300dpi)

– Trailer/Promo (where available)

– High resolution production stills (where available)

– Requirements (Funding/Sales Agent/Distribution)

Filmmakers should bear in mind that the NFVF reserves the right to select the films to be presented at the event and included in the NFVF catalogue.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, 24 February 2017. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE CONSIDERED.

For project submissions and queries, email Ntuthuko Mageba on ntuthukom@nfvf.co.za or call 011 483 0880.

NFVF announces changes to the SAFTAs

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) held a media breakfast on Thursday, 26 January to formally announce the changes it’s made to the 11th edition of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs 11).

NFVF CEO Zama Mkosi opened the discussion by commenting on the growth of the awards over the years. Year on year, overall entries have increased from 416 to over 440. This year, the category Best Feature Film received 23 entries and Best TV Soapie received 17 entries.

“One of the ways we measure growth is the connection the industry has with the SAFTAs,’ said Mkosi, and she believes the SAFTAs ought to engage with the provinces and communities that are contributing to the growth of the local industry, followed by her announcement that this year’s ceremony will be held at Sun City in the North West.

Judging was allocated a large chunk of the discussion, which emphasises its weight in the process. This year there’s a total of 181 judges, with three overall judging chairpersons, namely Jerry Mofokeng, Dr John Kani and Firdoze Bulbulia, to provide guidance and support to the other judges.

To improve the judging process, the public is encouraged to take part in the initial judging of the nominees for the Most Popular TV Soapies (including Telenovelas) by smsing 48430 (R1.50 per sms). The top three nominees will be announced on 16 February.

SAFTAs 11 covers 89 categories, including three new categories: Micro Budget Film; Best Talk Show Host; and a new discretionary award, the Youth Achiever Award. Other discretionary awards include: the Lifetime Achiever Award; Outstanding Person with Disability Contributor Award; and Outstanding Provincial Contributor Award. Disqualified categories due to a low number of entries are: Best Animated Feature and Best TV Animation; Micro Budget Film; and Best Sports Show.

Mkosi concluded the briefing with the reveal of this year’s theme, and that is that SA’s got it, so let’s celebrate it.

Key SAFTAs 11 events to diarise:

• 16 February 2017 – Nominee announcement
• 23 February 2017 – Nominee celebratory dinner
• 16 March 2017 – Awards night 1
• 17 March 2017 – Gold day, industry engagement sessions, community outreach
• 18 March 2017 – Awards night 2 (live event broadcast on SABC 2)

Source: Bizcommunity

NFVF call for Cycle 3 applications is now open

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, has announced that the call for Cycle 3 funding applications is now open.

The NFVF calls for applicants for the following areas of funding:

-Training Provider
-Production and Development

Please note

-Funds for tier 1 fiction production and tier 2 fiction development and production have been depleted
-Funds for marketing and distribution have been depleted for this financial year
-Funds for market and festival attendance have been depleted for this financial year
-Funds for festival grants have been depleted for this financial year

All applications can be accessed here.

No e-mail submissions will be accepted. Closing date for applications is 6 February 2017

For more information visit the NFVF website.

For any queries, contact Thandekile Hlatshwayo on thandekiles@nfvf.co.za or Manti Sekwakwa on mantis@nfvf.co.za.

NFVF supports SA filmmakers at Annecy

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has partnered with Animation South
Africa (ASA) in taking a South African delegation of 40 filmmakers to this year’s Annecy
International Animation Film Festival. The festival and its market (MIFA) are major
international events which host over 7,000 industry professionals in France from 15 to 20 June 2015.

The NFVF has offered financial support to thirteen filmmakers participating at
the festival in order to showcase their films, look for sales agents, pitch projects or
seek co-production partners. In addition, the NFVF is providing its funded students a
chance to participate in a training programme, which is taking place at Annecy’s
Gobelins Summer School.

Two South African animation projects have been selected to feature at MIFA’s Pitch
Sessions. This is the third year in a row in which South African feature concepts
have been accepted into the international pitch section, following the success of
Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba.

This year marks the launch of a new category in the MIFA Pitch Sessions, Animation
du Monde, which has a special South African focus. Off the back of this event, one
South African director will see his or her project come to life through a six month
residency in France, working with top French studios as well as Triggerfish
Animation in Cape Town.

“This special opportunity is the result of our ongoing dialogue with the French
Institute of South Africa, who have shown consistent dedication towards creating
platforms for our two countries to collaborate,’ says Triggerfish partner and
Animation SA board member Anthony Silverston. “MIFA’s South African pitch session
is in large part the result of their efforts.’

25 words or less competition

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the UK Film Council (UKFC) have decided to collaborate on an initiative which will advance the opportunities for writers in SA.

The 25 Words or Less competition opens on 16 January 2006 and calls upon writers to enter story ideas in three genres – Zero to Hero, Fish out of Water and Teen Horror – that are original and capable of development as feature length theatrical films for commercial exploitation in the UK, South Africa and the rest of the world.

Applications must be received by 10 am on 24th April 2006 electronically via the NFVF website. Applications cannot be accepted by fax.

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