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The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is calling for proposals for an Animation Slate to the value of R7.5m over a period of 3 years. The slate is targeted at Tier 2 Production Companies with an aim of cultivating sustainability and viability.

Tier 2 Production Companies are defined in the NFVF Funding Policy as “Filmmakers with experience in the film industry, but who have developed and produced either 1-2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, 2-3 short films and/or commercials seeking to venture into feature film or documentary development and production”. Companies or individuals with experience in media, commercial or advertising will also be considered. For the purpose of the animation slate, the NFVF will also consider companies that have been involved in the development and/or production of animated content as follows:

–       Developed and/or produced a short animated film;

–       Developed and/or produced animated television content; or

–       Developed and/or produced animated commercial content

Over the period of 3 years the successful Animation Company must deliver polished pitch materials for one television series and for one feature film.

  • Year 1:

For Television Series:

Pitch bibles for a minimum of 3 concepts including a complete literary and visual bible and sell sheet;

For Feature Film:

Pitch bibles for a minimum of 2 concepts including a script, synopsis and concept art.

  • Year 2:

For Television Series:

Literary and visual bible and sell sheet and 2 minute teaser/pilot for greenlit concept;

For Feature Film:

Final script, character and set design for greenlit concept and 20 minute animatic.

  • Year 3:

For Television Series:

7 – 15 minute pilot, final revised pitch bible, sell sheet, literary and visual bible.

For Feature Film:

Final pitch bible with final script, character and set design, 80 – 90 minute animatic.


The Slate is valued at R7.5 million over 3 years allocated as follows:

  • R3 000 000.00 – for development of a minimum of 3 television concepts and 2 feature film concepts with a 25% cap for overheads; and
  • R4 500 000.00 – for pilot production of 1 television concept and 1 feature film concept.



Qualifying applications must be submitted by production companies which meet the following requirements:

  • A Tier 2 Production Company as defined which is 100%  South African owned and at least 51% black owned and managed;
  • BBBEE and Tax compliant;
  • At least 1 animated short film, television series or commercial which has been produced and broadcast on a public platform;
  • At least 3 (three) concepts identified for development, to which the applicant owns at least 51% of the Intellectual Property; and
  • A clear skills development strategy in place.



  • Past and Present NFVF Slate recipients; and
  • Individuals and/or Production Companies that have at least 3 (three) active NFVF funded projects across the value chain i.e. Development, Production, Post Production, Marketing and Distribution and Festival Funding Support.



  • BBBEE, Transformation and provincial representation;
  • Quality of the proposal (e.g. concepts, business plan, target audiences);
  • Team’s expertise, capacity and experience;
  • Capability to raise additional funding;
  • Marketing and Distribution strategy;
  • Skills development plan.



All applicants must submit the following compulsory documentation:

  • Applicant must submit a business plan demonstrating the Company’s strategy and plan for growth towards sustainability and viability. The business plan must include but not be limited to the following:
    • Business model;
    • Budget, Finance and Recoupment plan;
    • Marketing and Distribution Strategy and Plan;
    • CVs with certified ID copies of key management and creative team;
    • Proposed development and production schedule; and
    • Showreel and/or portfolio of work.
    • Skills for development plan


  • BBBEE certificate;
  • Original valid tax clearance certificate;
  • Company registration documents; and
  • A minimum of 3 concepts ready to pitch for development.


Failure to submit any one of the compulsory documentation will render the application incomplete and therefore disqualified for consideration.


For more information contact:

CLOSING DATE: 18 October 2016 by 17h00.

Applications may be submitted by email to by the closing date. Please ensure that the subject is titled: 2016 Animation Slate.

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