Netflix & NFVF Partnership
Frequently Asked Question’s
Q. What percentage are you funding each film?
A: This partnership will fund 6 micro budget features at 100% of the budgets.
Q: Which filmmakers are eligible to apply for this fund?
Please find below the list of filmmakers eligible for the fund (Remember, it’s important to specify the tier you applying under):
Tier 1 - Experienced filmmakers who have a proven track record for developing and producing 3-5 theatrically released feature films.
Tier 2 - Filmmakers with limited experience but who have produced 2 theatrical feature films.
Tier 2 - Filmmakers with limited experience but who have developed and produced 1- to 2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, 2-3 short films and/or commercials seeking to venture into feature film development and production.
Tier 3 - New entrants into the industry, particularly recent film school graduates from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. This intervention is geared towards first time filmmakers having a “calling card” in the film industry.
Q: How long will the application process/call be open for?
A: The application process will be open from the 1st of April 2021 to the 7th of May 2021.
Q: Do I need to be a South African citizen to apply?
A: Applicants must be either:
● a South African Citizen;
● a Permanent Resident;
● a Refugee; or
● a South African Company (and be geographically-based in South Africa)
Q: What is a micro-budget film?
A: A micro-budget film is a motion picture shot within tight financial parameters, usually with minimal cast, crew, and equipment.
Q: What is a fiction film?
A: A fictitious film places an emphasis on an imaginary account of a story. It may be based on fact or adapted from a literary or other work.
Q: What is a feature film?
A: A feature film means a motion picture with a minimum run time of 80 minutes and a maximum run time of 120 minutes.
Q: Who is defined as an Emerging filmmaker?
A: For this fund, emerging filmmakers are filmmakers from underrepresented groups in the industry: Women and Youth filmmakers (writers, director, producers, DOPs) working on their first or second feature film/s, these filmmakers must have a body of work (shorts films, 1 features) that shows their artistic style and vision. Please also refer to the above definitions of the Tier 2 and Tier 3 filmmakers.
Q: Is there anything else specific that will help give filmmakers an edge?
A: Preference will also be given to compelling character driven narratives that are original and demonstrate a filmmaker’s unique vision. Ultimately, the story should be culturally authentic, with a global appeal.
Q. At what stage should a film project be at, in order to be considered?
A: All projects should be at the final stages of development/ final script stage.
Q: How will the films be distributed?
A: The Selected films will be licensed exclusively to Netflix for a period determined by the streaming service.
Q: What if I envision my project in a local language?
A: We encourage producers and creatives to bring their visions to life in any local language that best tells their story. For Netflix, language is no longer a barrier when telling an authentic story to a local or global audience as the company is able to provide subtitles and dubbing in over 30 languages which include French, Italian, German, Turkish, Polish, Japanese, Spanish (Spain), Brazilian Portugese, Spanish (Latin America) and English to name a few.
Q: What should I do if I’m interested in applying to the fund?
A: Access the application portal here [or visit https://nfvf.praxisgms.co.za/] which will go live on 1 April 2021. Applications must include the following Creative information:
● Brief project summary (maximum 5 pages) that includes Synopsis, Logline, Genre, Target market
● Fiction: Full Script (at final draft).
● CVs of the key creative: Producer, Director, Writer, DOP, Editor, and Leading Cast.
● Letter of intent from director
● Producer’s notes.
● Director’s Treatment (maximum 20 pages).
● Detailed budget (Amounts to be spent at pre-production, production, and post-production) and Cash Flow.
● Production schedule
● A document explaining the stage at which the project has reached as of the date of this application and identify its needs in terms of production (max 600 words).
Please note that funding applications will not be accepted by Netflix.
Q. Which personal/business supporting documents are needed for this fund?
A: Applications must include the following Administrative information:
● Tax Clearance
● Certified ID copy (6 months)
● Company registration / or SPV is applicable.
● BBBEE Certificate
● A list of the films/ audio-visual projects produced by company/ies.
● Links of the director’s previous work
● Chain of title documentation/ Contracts proving the acquisition of necessary rights (e.g., option contract, script writer’s contract, music etc.).
The NFVF reserves the right to request further supporting documentation during the selection process.
Q: How will you decide which projects made it through to the next phase?
A: Once the application process starts, applications will be checked to ensure all the necessary information has been submitted with the pitches. Following this stage, qualified applications will be evaluated by a “Selection Committee'' consisting of representatives from the industry, NFVF & Netflix. Please note: All funding is subject to the approval of all parties (NFVF & Netflix).
Q: How will applicants be notified if they are selected for the next round?
A: Shortlisted projects/candidates will be contacted via email to participate in the next phase.
Q. How will applicants know if they didn’t succeed?
A. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email.
Q: What if I have put inaccurate information on my application?
A: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all information supplied in the application is accurate, complete and to disclose anything that may influence the evaluation of the application. Failure to do so may lead to the ineligibility/disqualification, termination, cancellation or suspension of the grant.
Q: What genres will be looked at more favourably?
A: There are no specific genres - only compelling stories and the ability to execute as a filmmaker. The idea is to expand the variety and diversity of South African films across genres. This includes stories that haven’t previously been told. Our search is for local talent to tell local stories that will give South Africans more opportunity to see themselves on screen - instilling local pride. This call out will focus on fiction projects and is not open to non-fiction works.
Q: What kinds of things could potentially disqualify an applicant?
● Late submissions will not be considered.
● Projects that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.
● Projects that do not have developed scripts will not be considered.
● Companies that have been awarded NFVF production funding and are currently active are eligible provided that they apply with a different title altogether
● Slate beneficiaries are not eligible.
● Budgets that are above the capped amounts will not be considered. Filmmakers must tier themselves correctly.
● The parties reserve the right to require other documentation from applicants for the completion of the assessment of the project.
Q: Do I need to pay a fee to apply?
A: No. All applications are processed and evaluated at no charge (for free).
Q: Should I have any queries or concerns, who may I contact?
A: Kindly email all content queries to Refiloe Hlabioa at email@example.com or Nadine Cloete at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I do not have a computer to submit, can I mail the application?
A: Applications are only accepted online. Potential applicants who are unable to access the online system for any reason are welcome to contact the NFVF directly for guidance or assistance with their applications before the closing date. Please contact Thandekile Hlatshwayo email@example.com and Manti Sekwakwa firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Who at Netflix can I contact should I need assistance?
A: Please note that you can only contact the specified people from the NFVF for all funding project queries
Q: Where can one find more information about the fund?
A: All necessary information will be available on the NFVF website. Interested applicants should visit www.nfvf.co.za on the 1st of April 2021.
Q: Can people who have already received funding from the NFVF this financial year still apply?
A: Companies that have been awarded NFVF production funding and are currently active are eligible provided that they apply with a different title altogether.
Slate beneficiaries are not eligible.