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NFVF invites emerging black filmmakers to submit transformation fund proposals

January 18, 2021

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), and the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (DTIC) are inviting emerging black filmmakers to submit proposals for consideration under the Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund (EBFTF). The EBFTF provides financial, marketing, and other related support to emerging black filmmakers.

The fund has been designed for Black filmmakers (Black Directors and or Producers) with limited experience but who have developed and produced 1-2 feature films, television fiction or documentaries for theatrical release or television broadcast or 2-3 short films or 2-3 commercials seeking to venture into feature film development and production.

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. The IDC and NFVF expect that the Fund will create a sustainable South African film industry. It is a tailor-made solution given the challenges that black filmmakers face. It is crafted to strengthen the local film production industry, ensuring that filmmakers create compelling content for South African consumption. Funding will be limited to three qualifying and viable feature films per annum.

Black filmmakers are requested to submit proposals based on the following criteria:
  • Youth (under 35 years) – producer and director
  • Budget capped at R6 million (which includes R500 000 for marketing costs)
  • Filmmakers must be black South African citizens
  • The films must be commercially viable and demonstrate creative merit.
  • Films must be at the level of theatrical release.
  • The cast must be South African citizens
  • Compliance with the DTI South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive (Refer to DTI website www.thedti.gov.za for detailed criteria)
  • Rights (All incl. film, merchandise, etc.):

1)    Preference will be given to 100% black-owned companies.

2)    Shareholding and IP must be 75% or more black-owned.

3)    Where the producer is Black, but not emerging (5 feature films) – then the black director must own at least 50% of the film rights.

Information to be provided with the application must include:

Script (preferably second draft) 2-page concept document outlining:

1)      Synopsis

2)      Logline

3)      Directors treatment

4)      Genre

5)      Target market

CVs for the key creative team:

1)      Producer

2)      Director

3)      Writer

4)      DOP

5)      Line Producer

Summary budget (Amounts to be spent at pre-production, production, and post-production)

Tax Clearance Certificate

BBEE Certificate

Certified ID copy (valid for 3 months)

Company registration documents

Production schedule

Cash flow schedule

Production company – experience and previous productions involved in; and

Title documentation including script, music, etc.

Interested parties are invited to apply online: click here


  • Late entries will not be considered.
  • Projects that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.
  • Projects that do not have developed scripts will not be considered.

Budgets that are above the fund amount of R6 million will not be considered. Applications will close on the: 9th of February 2021 Kindly email all content queries to Refiloe Hlabioa at refiloeh@nfvf.co.za


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