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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 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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