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Call for Proposals: YOUTH Filmmaker’s Project

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Call for Proposals: YOUTH Filmmaker’s Project


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is a statutory body created in terms of the National Film and Video Foundation Act No 73 of 1997 (NFVF Act). The NFVF Act mandates the NFVF to develop and promote the South African film and video industry. In pursuance of this mandate the NFVF is introducing a programme to provide opportunities to enable Youth filmmakers to develop, write, direct and produce 10 short films each (“the Film”) over a 3-year period.


The concept for the Youth Filmmaker’s Project is to appoint a production company to assist the NFVF in carrying out its mandate with respect to providing opportunities to Youth filmmakers to make short films.

The successful production company (“the Company”) will be required to manage, execute and deliver all 10 films over a 3-year period, each of which must be made, as completely as possible, by a team of Youth filmmakers (“the Filmmakers”).

The Company must select the Filmmakers in accordance with a call for submissions, which must be approved by the NFVF prior to being published and must include (not exclusively) the following criteria for submissions:

–       Youth applicants not above the age of 35;

–       Preference will be given to Youths who have not had an opportunity to make a film;

–       Preference will be given to applicants residing outside the main regions of Gauteng and Western Cape;

–       Youth applicants may not both write and direct.

The Company in collaboration with the NFVF will agree on the stories to go into development, which development process will be managed by the Company.

Upon completion of the development of the scripts, the Company and the NFVF will select the best scripts for production.

The Company will then work with the Filmmakers in the production of the films from pre-production to post production until delivery of the films. 


Production Company

To be eligible for selection to manage, execute and deliver the films, the production company must:

  • producer/s must be South African citizens.
  • previous recipients of slate or project funding (e.g. female and youth projects) from the organisation are not eligible
  • Company must be 51% owned and managed by a Black producer
  • have at least three years of long form development and production experience
  • comply with BBBEE requirements (BBBEE Certificates must be supplied)
  • have some demonstrable mentorship experience in the industry
  • applicants who have four active NFVF funded projects across the value chain in one funding cycle are also not eligible



The Company must be able to commit and adhere to the following terms of the NFVF brief:

  • Develop and produce 10 short films, length of which may not exceed 24 minutes and not be less than 12 minutes in length.
  • Be able to produce the films at the stated budget of R250 000 each.
  • Any budget excess will not be funded by the NFVF.
  • Any additional funding raised towards the production of the films is exclusive of the NFVF’s contribution and the NFVF will not be held responsible for the raising of any additional funding.



All applicants should provide the following documentation:

  • Production company executive summary with detailed company experience
  • Producer and key management team’s CVs with filmography
  • Mentorship experience
  • Tax Clearance Certificate for Production Company applying
  • BBBEE certificate of company
  • Company registration documents
  • Proposed development schedule and budget
  • Proposed production schedule and budget
  • Finance plan (where proposed budget exceeds R2 500 000)





1st Quarter:

Final development schedule and budget

Call for filmmakers

Key mentor team CVs


2nd Quarter:

Final filmmaker selection with profiles

Synopses of final film selections

Progress report on development schedule


3rd Quarter:

Final scripts

Final production schedule and budget

Proof of additional financing (where applicable)


4th Quarter:

Final crew list

Final cast list

Shooting schedule

Post Production schedule

Final delivery of films

Applications must be submitted via email to Any queries maybe directed to Thandeka Zwana at

Closing date for proposals is the 28th of February 2017. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

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