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Call for international bursary applications for film & tv postgraduate studies

By 30 June 2021No Comments


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, was mandated to ensure the equitable growth of the South African film and video industry. The NFVF does this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and also the training and development of filmmakers. In addition, the NFVF commissions research and produces industry statistics that provide both the public and stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film industry.

In fulfilling this mandate, the NFVF would like to invite eligible applicants to apply for International Bursaries in Film and Television Post Graduate Studies. The NFVF’s bursary programme is aimed at building capacity by upskilling film & TV professionals for global competitiveness through its support of qualifying applicants for overseas studies which are not offered in South African tertiary institutions. 

The bursary will be awarded for the 2022 academic year and will be capped at R280 000 inclusive of tuition and living expenses. 

Qualifying Criteria:

The applicant must:

  • Must apply six months before the course starts.
  • Be a South African citizen or permanent SA resident.
  • Have a good academic record
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance; and
  • Enrolled at an accredited overseas tertiary institution for full-time studies; post-graduate film/TV programme (course must  commence in January 2022)
  • Funding will only be granted to courses that are not available in South Africa
  • Live Performance or Acting courses do not qualify for this grant funding

Applications must be accompanied by a detailed motivation stating why the applicant must be awarded a bursary together with all the supporting documents as indicated in the online application form.


  • Failure to provide all requested information will lead to automatic disqualification of the application.
  • No late applications will be considered.
  • Should there be a change of contact details the onus is on the applicant to notify NFVF.
  • For further information, please consult the NFVF Funding Policy available on:

How to apply

Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link:

Opening date for submissions:  01 June 2021

Closing date for submissions:    31 August 2021 at 23H59

For any queries regarding applications please contact:

 Thandekile Hlatshwayo

Applications Officer


Telephone: 011 483 0880


Manti Sekwakwa

Applications Officer


Telephone: 011 483 0880

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