Development Funding

The NFVF considers development as any work undertaken to put an idea or concept into writing with an intention of creating a script including research undertaken in a documentary, a short or a feature film whether fiction or real life. The NFVF also provides financial support to the development of television concepts that can be formatted, sold globally and licensed for remake rights or for syndication.

Who should apply?

  • Independent production companies who hold exclusive rights or options for at least twelve (12) months
  • Writers attached to a project

What are the application requirements?

Requirements (For all applicants):

  • Completed application form
  • Letter of motivation
  • A synopsis
  • Treatment Chain of Title and Proof of Copyright where the work is not the original idea and letters of commitment from public figures in documentaries.
  • Producer’s CV
  • Writer’s CV
  • Development budget containing script editors, research, copies
  • Producer fee (where appropriate) – this should not exceed 10% of the total budget
  • Overheads, not exceeding 5.5% of total budget excluding the producer fee
  • Development schedule
  • Writer’s narrative treatment
  • Target audience/distribution plan
  • Track record of the production company (where applicable)
  • Company registration document to prove ownership (where applicable)

TV Format applicants also require:

  • Concept Outline containing the unique feature of concept
  • Universal dramatic theme
  • International adaption potential
  • Longevity of concept and legal protection or copyright
  • Format development plan

Click on the link below to apply for Development and TV Format funding.