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Thiru NFebruary 9, 20165min30

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, will once again host and facilitate South African film industry presence at the Cannes International Film Festival. This year’s festival has been scheduled to run from 11th until the 22nd May 2016.

Cannes 2016 - 69th Festival

The NFVF is putting together a festival catalogue of projects from the 2015/16 period seeking either completion, finance or sales agents for publication. Along with other activities, the NFVF will also host a Sales Event aimed at presenting projects to international buyers and agents.

Through the catalogue, sales event and screening to industry experts, some of South African films showcased at last year’s festival have travelled around the globe, signed by international distributors as well as won various awards. These films include Ayanda produced by Terry Pheto’s Leading Lady Productions and Real Eyes Films, which was picked up for distribution in the US by American director, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor Ava DuVernay; a film by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Necktie Youth which premiered at festivals including Berlinale, Tribeca, Sydney and won Best director and Best Feature at the Durban International Film Festival; and Bordering on Bad Behaviour by ZenHQ Films which also scooped various international awards.

Call for projects- Guidelines:

Independent filmmakers with projects that have fully developed projects (final polished scripts) or completed projects that are ready for sale are invited to submit synopses of projects for NFVF to consider for inclusion in the catalogue and/or pitch at the sales event.

Filmmakers must email the following information (application form is not required):

  • Full synopsis of the project
  • Tagline
  • Two high resolution digital film posters (2000mmx2000mm and 610mmx 910mm)
  • Trailer/Promo (where available)
  • High resolution production stills (where available)
  • Requirements (Funding/Sales Agent/Distribution)

Failure to submit all the requirements will result in application not being considered.
The NFVF reserves the right to select qualifying films for the Sales Event or catalogue.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, 26 February 2016. For project submissions email Thandeka Zwana



Julian CleophasFebruary 9, 20162min30


The South African National Film and Video Foundation an agency of The Department of Arts and Culture, have officially announced their internship opportunities for 2016! Individuals interested in building a career in the South African film industry are encouraged to apply for the respective internship opportunities listed  below.

Film and TV Producing

 Script Writing


 Production Engineering

 Sound Engineering



 Supply Chain Management                                                 

 Fashion Designing (wardrobe)

 Makeup and Beauty


Human Resources

Marketing and Communications



Events Management


Qualifications and Experience:

  • South African Citizens with a valid South African ID number
  • Applicants must have a Matric Qualification and completed a Film & Television  or other related Degree / National Diploma / Certificate from a recognized South African Institute Submission of a CV, Matric Certificate, Tertiary transcripts and/or Degree Applicants must not have participated in previous SETA sponsored internship programmes
  • Applicants must not have previously had permanent employment
  • Previous work experience including vacation work is an advantage

Applications must be submitted by fax to 0865197585 or email to

Application deadline: 24 February 2016.

Preference will be given to applicants from designated groups. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply


Julian CleophasJanuary 30, 20162min20

African Film Consortium World Conference, Zoom-in, Africa's 1st Film Blog, African Film, Film Conference, Rwanda Film Commision

The Pan African Film Consortium founded by Mykel Ajaere Parish in 2012, will be hosting their debut “World Conference on African Cinema” from the 27- 28 July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. The world conference in partnership with the Rwanda Film Federation will focus on creating sustainable programs to develop and grow the African film industry, by addressing key issues like mentorship, education and accessibility to funding.

“Our strategy is to create an amazing structure for developing the African film Industry and partner agencies, governments and investors.” says The African Film Consortium

The conference scheduled for July 2016, will bring together international and continental film experts, distributors and government representatives, to collectively discuss and develop Action Plans for the creation of a sustainable African film industry. Those attending the first world conference can expect three sessions of panel discussions, which will include talks by special guest speakers sharing their success stories on how they were able to use film to support employment and  develop African film . Find the conference details listed below.

The African Film Consortium “World Conference on African Cinema” 2016

Theme – African Cinema and National Economies: Framework for Growth and Development

Country:  Rwanda

Date: 27 -28 July 2016


Connect with the African Film Consortium below:

African Film Consortium




Julian CleophasDecember 31, 20153min40

SARD script development program, WAC Egypt, UNAIDS, Zoom-In, Africa's 1st Film Blog,Egypt is proudly launching their first professional script development program to take place in Cairo from February to April 2016, called SARD. “SARD”, the Arabic word for narration, will be a 3 month program organised by UNAIDS for writers and writer/directors. The program aims to help develop the best script for either short or feature film, by focusing on the theme of “AIDS. Live and let live”.

Participants will be coached in developing their films from page to screen, covering very important business information, so often taken for granted by film makers.  At the end of the program, participants will be offered an opportunity to pitch their scripts to a panel of producers, financiers, buyers and distributors.

So how do you apply?

Applicants must submit one PDF dossier by 15 January 2016

  • 2 pages biography, CV, languages spoken and contact details of the applicant
  • One page synopsis on the proposed story for the aforementioned theme for first draft development.
  • One page note stating why the candidate wishes to participate in the program
  • One sample of previous work on vimeo or Youtube links. Instead, the applicant can provide an example of a previous writing sample, not more than 15 pages

Documents must be electronically mailed to:

Applications can be made in either Arabic or English.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified in the third week of January and will be requested for personal interviews.

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For more information on the program click here



Julian CleophasJuly 28, 20153min40


From the creators of South Africa’s first animated feature film that went on to be the highest earning South African film in 30 years,  for “Adventures in Zambezia” (2012), now Cape Town based Triggerfish Animation Studios and Disney want you to create Africa’s next animation blockbuster! After receiving global praise for their first two animated feature films, “Adventures in Zambezia” (2012) and Khumba (2013), Triggerfish Animation Studios have teamed up with The Walt Disney Company and the Department of Trade and Industry to launch the Triggerfish Story Lab.

So how does it work? Well, in order to be a part of the Story Lab, writers or directors will need to submit original high concept animated stories to a panel of experts who will assess and select about 20 shortlisted candidates. Shortlisted candidates will then attend a 2 week workshop with world renowned script consultants Karl Iglesias and Pilar Allessandra, who will prepare and refine concepts to be pitched to a panel of experts.

Successful candidates selected into the top 6, will enter the Story Lab and go on an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for 2 weeks mentorship at Disney pictures. In order to apply entrants must be a citizen or permanent resident of any African country and submit their online application before the deadline on 31 August 2015! 

Find out more about the Triggerfish Story Lab here


Thiru NJuly 1, 20155min20

The NFVF, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, hereby invites South African filmmakers to apply for the South Africa-Brazil Co-production Forum to be held at the Durban Film Mart during the Durban International Film Festival which takes place from the 16th until the 26th July 2015.

This initiative is in recognition of the pending signing of the South Africa – Brazil Co-production Treaty. The meeting will take place side by side five (5) Brazilian and five (5) South African producers with specific projects that represent job opportunities between the two countries, enhance the real possibilities of co-productions between them. 

This is the second session hosted by the NFVF and Agencia Nacional do Cinema (ANCINE), having previously collaborated at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. The first meeting was a general introduction of the Brazilian and South African markets and inform producers about film possibilities in the two countries.

The Producers must be experienced and satisfy the following criteria:

  • Have a registered production company.
  • Have a firm and informed understanding of finance structures and incentives
  • Understanding of legal processes (contracts/co-production agreements)
  • Knowledge of international markets (festivals, markets, sales)
  • Synopsis of the project(s) in mind for a co-production with Brazil.

The closing date for applications is 5th July 2015. Selections will be made according to the above criteria and successful applicants will be notified by 8th July 2015.

To apply for participation at the NFVF-ANCINE Forum email:


Contact Person:

 Naomi Mokhele
Manager: Communications
Tel: +27 11 483 0880
Twitter: @IamNaomiM


Sean Bracegirdle
Communications Coordinator
Tel: +27 11 483 0880


Julian CleophasMay 27, 20154min10



The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is a statutory body mandated by an Act of Parliament to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the SA film and video industry.

In order to stimulate and advance skills development, meet the current needs of industry, and to ensure the industry’s future growth and competitiveness, the NFVF provides funding to students in financial need to pursue film and television related studies at all accredited tertiary institutions in South Africa. The NFVF has been awarding on average, sixty bursaries per annum to qualifying students who are academic achievers and passionate about the film and television industry yet lack adequate financial resources to further their university studies.

Criteria for Application:

The Student Must:

  1. Have already been selected at an institution that offers formal qualifications such as a diploma or degree
  2. Be able to demonstrate financial need
  3. Possess a good academic record,  the latest academic reports are required
  4. Motivate in detail why they qualify to receive a bursary
  5. Submit a correctly completed application form and attach all required documents as per the application form
  6. Be a South African citizen, or have permanent residency or have refugee status

If you meet the above criteria, you may apply by completing a national bursary application form available on our website,, or by following the link The application form provides a guide on all the required documentation to submit with your application form.

Important Notice:

  1. One(1) copy of the entire application must be delivered at the NFVF offices or posted
  2. Incomplete applications will be disqualified
  3. The NFVF does not fund Live Performance or Acting studies
  4. Only certified documents will be accepted
  5. Applications received after the deadline will be disqualified
  6. Faxed or emailed applications will be disqualified

Deadline for applications: 31July 2015, 13:00.

For queries, please email Lebohang Khunou at



Thiru NJuly 14, 20142min41

This competition was a unique and innovative online competition, focusing on the youth in Africa encouraging entrants to submit a 15 minute short film telling their story and addressing their African issues.

More About Afrinolly here.

The winners for 2013:

<<<Short Films>>>

1st Place $25 000.00
Everything Happens for a Reason

Florian Schott

2nd Place $10 000.00
Crimson – Your Cup of Tea

 Daniel Etim Effiong

3rd Place $5 000.00

Gbenga Salu


1st Place $25 000.00
Creative Minds

Victor Okoye

2nd Place $10 000.00
Awele’s Diary

Ronke Ogunmakin

3rd Place $5 000.00
Yellow Fever

Ng’endo Mukii



Thiru NApril 8, 20142min20

Africa’s creatives!!! A Los Angeles based company Film Independent are offering filmmakers from around the world an amazing opportunity to grow their careers

It’s called Project Involve and accepts applications in the following categories:

  • Filmmaking Tracks: Cinematography, Directing, Documentary, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting (We no longer require Letters of Recommendation for Filmmaking Tracks)
  • Industry Tracks: Acquisitions/Distribution, Development, Film Programming

“Film  independent has created a program dedicated to cultivating the careers of filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the industry… When Project Involve began, it was specifically for young women of color, aged 18 to 24. Since then, the program has evolved to embody the broadest notion of inclusiveness.”

To apply go to: Project Involve

Film Independent are also the team that produce the Oscar accredited Los Angeles Film Festival

Project Involve 20th Anniversary PSA



Thiru NMarch 5, 20145min6
South Africa’s film crew is well known for it’s with military like discipline. The reason for this, one may argue, is the 90% of the below-the-line production crew are all ex military or have been mentored from an ex soldier who has dedicated the rest of his life to more peaceful but still highly disciplined pursuit.
Besides South Africa’s highly skilled, experienced, and relatively affordable production and postproduction services, the country and the African continent is home to some of the most magnificent locations.


To drop a few names, Africa has hosted internationally acclaimed productions such as:

  • Lord of War – starring Nicholas Cage. Directed by Andrew Nicol. SA Crew – Line producer, Greig Bucklle and SA Production Manager Theresa Ryan.
  • Invictus – starring Matt Damon. Directed by Clint Eastwood. SA Crew – Supervising Producer Genevieve Hofmeyr. Second Assistant Director Dale Butler.
  • Blood Diamond – Starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Directed by Edward Zwick. SA Crew – Supervising Producers – Genevieve Hofmeyr and Phillip Key Second Assistant Director Dale Butler


Above all else producing films in South Africa is attractive to foreign clients for a couple more reasons:

1. The South African Revenue Service SARS

2. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

  • This is primarily for Foreign Film, Television Production, and Post-production Incentives. It attracts large budget production that creates sustained employment and enhances South Africa’s international profile.Foreign productions filmed in South Africa with a budget of R12-million (about $1,1-million) or above are entitled to a 20% tax reduction on production expenditure for. If production and post-production takes place in South Africa a 22.5% to 25% reduction granted. However, post-production expenditure must be R1,5-million (about $140 000) or above to qualify. DTI Financial Assistance Guide


For the Locals funding is also available at:

1. The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)

  • They encourage development of local content and supports South African owned company’s special emphasis on previously disadvantaged groups. NFVF Funding Schemes

2. IDC Media and Motion Picture Strategic Business Unit


To gain further help and advice one may contact the Following film Commissions: