The National Film and Video Foundation releases its Cycle 2 Funding results, calls for Cycle 3 Now open

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is pleased to announce its Quarter 2 Funding results. The announcement follows the NFVF Council meetings that took place on the 31st of August and 10th of September 2015.

Fiction Funding - Production:

During Cycle 1 funding period, fourteen (14) production applications were provided funding for the 2015/16 financial year. The number of applicants funded during this cycle demonstrates that the NFVF exceeded its funding targets by four (4), as the annual target approved for production funding for fiction was ten (10).

Therefore, during the Cycle 2 evaluation process, no production applications were assessed as the target for the year had already been met. 

For Cycle 3, the NFVF would like to encourage interested applicants to apply for Development and TV Formats funding as funds are still available for these two funding categories.

All applicants that had applied for production funding for Cycle 2 are urged to apply in the new fiscal year (2016/17).

Non-Fiction Funding -  Development

Due to the volume of high quality applications received during Cycle 2, eighteen (18) applicantions were funded for Development Funding. As the target for the year is to fund fifteen (15) projects for Developmen, three (3) more applications were funded, resulting in the NFVF exceeding its target.

Therefore for Cycle 3 Non Fiction Funding, the call for applications are open for Production and Documentary Archive only.

Notably, the NFVF exceeded its target for both Fiction - Production  and Non Fiction -Development. This is an indication that the film industry is growing, resulting in an increase in the number of applications received by the NFVF. The NFVF will however remain committed to serving the industry, continuing with its objective of ensuring the development and growth of the industry as mandated by the NFVF Act. 

Markets and Festivals Attendance Funding

For the markets and festivals attendance funding, the NFVF has exceeded its target for the financial year 2015/16. The target for the year is fourty eight (48), however due to increasing number and quality of applications received in Cycle 1 and 2, the NFVF funded 64 applicants, exceeding the target by sixteen (16).

Cycle 3 Funding Call for applications

The NFVF therefore calls for applicants for the following areas of funding:

  • Fiction
    • Development Funding
    • TV Formats Funding
  • Non Fiction
    • Production Funding
    • Documentary Archive

Markets and Festivals Attendance Funding

As the target for the year has been met and exceeded, the NFVF can only consider filmmakers attending the following festivals, for funding:

  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Pan African Film Festival
  • RIO Content Market
  • Berlin International Film Festival

Festivals, Marketing and Distribution Funding

For these funding categories, the NFVF will still accept applications for Cycle 3.

Application forms can be accessed from the NFVF website or on the following link:

All applications and supporting motivation must be hand delivered or posted to the NFVF at 87 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg, 2198. No e-mail submissions will be accepted. Closing date for applications is 17th of October 2015. Please note that all applicants should provide a copy of tax clearance certificate.

NB: View the funding criteria for all categories.

The NFVF will inform applicants of the outcome of the applications at the end of January 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications received after the deadline will only be considered for the following quarterly meeting of council.

For any queries regarding applications please email the following:

Fiction Funding email, Non Fiction:, Markets and Festivals: