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Call for entries for NFVF Youth Filmmaker Project 2017/18: Wealth

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Call for ENTRIES for NFVF Youth Filmmaker Project 2017/18: Wealth  


The concept for the Youth Filmmaker Project is to provide ten young filmmakers, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make a film in collaboration with other filmmakers. Successful writer-directors will be guided in the development and production of their stories into 24 minute scripts over a period of 8 months.

The filmmakers will be guided through the process by the team at Triangle Post and Animation Studios, helmed by Asivhanzhi Mathaba who will, in collaboration with the National Film and Video Foundation, select 10 filmmakers to go through the process with the aim of nurturing the successful filmmakers to creating a calling card that will help them in their efforts to break into the competitive film industry.


Scripts will be workshopped for camera in preparation for the production of the films over a dedicated development period, followed by practical workshopping with a director and key technical crews, with the aim of the films being completed by May 2018. During this process each director will be provided with the necessary tools to break down scripts for camera as well as detailed strategies for extracting the best performances from the actors.

The successful projects and teams will be provided with a professional production crew to shoot their film. A post-production supervisor will be appointed to assist them in the editing and final delivery of the film.


WEALTH is described in many ways but a short description is that wealth is a plentiful supply of a particular desirable thing.

Many people mistake wealth as being only related to money and yet wealth is multi-layered. Wealth may mean different things to different people. Some pretend to be wealthy while others really are, social media is a big testament to that. Some people look at education as wealth, as they may not have all the money in the world but have wealthy minds. Wealth is about affluence, prosperity, means, substance, love, wellbeing, plenty, abundance, deep pockets, treasure, bounty, family, children, power, living standards etc.

We are looking for writers who can interpret well the theme of Wealth and share their understanding of the word. The theme WEALTH is very diverse and our writers need to show creativity and fresh angles. They need to prove understanding and their concepts need to be unique and speak to the targeted audience.

The NFVF in association with Triangle Post and Animation Studios has chosen the theme WEALTH for their writers to explore. Films will be packaged and screened for television audiences as well as entered into local and international film festivals.

All applicants need to submit synopsis’ that explore the selected theme and show their creativity and understanding in the process. They also need but not limited to make sure that they tie the selected theme to their personal successes or struggles, environment, issues affecting South Africa, the economy, families. They can look at stories that encompass nation building, social cohesion, heritage and history.


In order for a filmmaker to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a youth applicant not above the age of 35 years.
  2. Be new to the industry and preference will be given to youths who have not had an opportunity to make a film.
  3. Be a historically disadvantaged Individual as defined in the constitution of South Africa.
  4. Can be from any province in South Africa but preference will be given to marginalized  provinces outside Gauteng and Western Cape.
  5. Be able to set aside the requisite time over a period of 8 months to complete the programme.


Eligible candidates for the project must:

  • Must have a passion for writing.
  • Have a great and strong written concept for a 24 minute film that ties up to the project theme “WEALTH” and have a controlling idea.
  • Preference to be given to the Youth of historically disadvantaged background
  • Be willing to meet the demands of the film industry and be present at every training and workshop.
  • Be willing to work in a team in order to achieve the same set goals for the project.
  • May have a showreel, work portfolio or script (not compulsory).
  • Can work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Preference will be given to marginalized indigenous language proposals.

NB: Writers will be expected to pitch at production stage to assess capability to direct their films. If a writer is not able to show directorial ability, a director may be assigned to their script.


All applications should be able to provide the following documentation in for consideration:

  • A one page synopsis of their 24 minute film.
  • Motivation letter (as to why you think you need to be selected)
  • Detailed CV of the applicant
  • Narrative treatment of the script (if available)
  • Certified copy of ID document (not older than 3 months)
  • Show reel/work portfolio (if available)
  • Valid Tax Clearance Certificate

All entries to be sent to

Please make sure that all required documents are attached as any missing documents will lead to automatic disqualification.

CLOSING DATE: 14th October 2017

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