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The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is calling for proposals for a Documentary Slate to the value of R4.5m 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 limited experience in the film industry, but who have developed and produced 1-2 feature length films, television fiction and/or, 2-3 documentary short films seeking to venture into feature film or documentary development and production”.

Over the period of 3 years the successful Production Company must develop a minimum of 9 projects of which 3 must be produced into a feature length documentary.

  • Year 1: Develop a minimum of six scripted documentaries;
  • Year 2: Develop a minimum of three documentaries and produce two feature length documentaries; and
  • Year 3: Produce one feature length documentary.

The Slate is valued at R4.5 million over 3 years allocated as follows:

  • R1 500 000.00 – for development of a minimum of 9 projects with a 25% cap for overheads; and
  • R3 000 000.00 – for production of 3 feature length documentaries at R1 000 000.00 each.


 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 compliant;
  • At least 2 documentary films which have been broadcast on television or exhibited in a film festival;
  • At least 3 (three) concepts identified for development, to which the applicant owns at least 51% of the Intellectual Property; and
  • A clear training and 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 and Transformation;
  • Quality of the proposal (e.g. concept, theme, relevance, target audiences);
  • Team’s expertise, capacity and experience;
  • Capability to raise additional funding;
  • Marketing and Distribution strategy;
  • Skills and 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;
    • CV of key management and creative team;
    • Proposed production schedule; and
    • Showreel and/or portfolio of work.
  • 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:

The call closed on the 26th September 2016 and has been extended to the 18th of October 2016. 

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

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