The National Film and Video Foundation call for Marketing and Distribution Cycle 2 and Festival Hosting Cycle 3 is open

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has released the call for applicants to submit for:

1)      Marketing and Distribution (Cycle 2)

2)      Festival Hosting (Cycle 3)

Opening date for submissions:      20 October 2021

Closing date for submissions:       4 November 2021

Individuals, companies, and organisations may submit funding applications to the NFVF for any of the above funding categories. Specific conditions are applicable for each funding category, and it is important for applicants to take careful note of these conditions before applying.

Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link: https://nfvf.praxisgms.co.za/

Please take note of the following disclaimers:

  1. Tier yourself accordingly.
  2. Carefully read the definitions of the subcategories before selecting.
  3. It is advisable that the main applicant applies instead of using a 3rd party to apply on their behalf.
  4. Only recently certified documents will be accepted.
  5. Only valid documents will be allowed (NOT EXPIRED)
  6. Applications that do not meet compliance will be disqualified.
  1. We do not take application documents after the closing date and time of the application.
  2. Ensure that you click the submit button and receive the confirmation email for your application submission from the system, If the confirmation email is not received, it means that application did not go through. This should be communicated with the NFVF within the submission period, unfortunately the NFVF will not assist with this query after the closing date of the call.

 

Eligibility: Marketing and Distribution

Tier 1:  Experienced filmmakers who have a proven track record for developing and producing at least three successful and commercially viable Feature Films, TV Films, or Documentaries.

Tier 2: Filmmakers with limited experience, must have developed and produced; one or two Feature Films, TV Films or Documentaries, or two or three Short Films and/or Commercials.

Tier 3: Not applicable for Marketing and Distribution funding

 Application Criteria:

  • Independent South African filmmakers and distributors.
  • Funding is only available for Feature Films and TV formats.

Documentation and Information Required:

  • A Synopsis, including detailed information about the format and genre.
  • A one to two – page letter of motivation. Pointing out what is unique about the film and any projected success the film may potentially have.
  • A document detailing the proposed target audience including demographics and psychographics.
  • A distribution plan, detailing how and where is the film going to be distributed, including but not limited to details of the broadcasters and streaming platforms, a timeline with release dates across platforms, territories, cities, theatres and screens and documentation from any theatrical exhibitor that confirms a projected initial release date.
  • A signed letter of intent from the distributor.
  • A detailed sales, distribution and marketing strategy.
  • A detailed marketing plan and budget.
  • An Audience Development Strategy.
  • A comprehensive Distribution / Exhibition Plan.
  • Copies of any existing articles or clippings about the project.
  • A detailed timeline, showing the projected return on investment for the NFVF.
  • Film Publication Board Certificate
  • An updated CV for the Applicant.
  • Detailed profiles or CVs of the key creatives.
  • Company profile.
  • Certified copy of the applicant’s Identity document (certified within six months at the date of application).
  • The company’s registration document (if applying through a production company).
  • A bank account confirmation letter (Dated withing three (3) months at the date of application).
  • The BBBEE certificate or the BBBEE affidavit, signed by a commissioner of Oaths (if applying through a production company).
  • The company’s tax clearance or tax compliance pin document (if applying through a production company).
  • The chain of title documentation for the project.

Eligibility: Festival Hosting

Tier 1: Established film festivals which should ideally have been in operation for more than ten (10) years and be able to show that they attract funding from multiple sources.

 

Tier 2: Intermediate film festivals which have been in operation for more than five (5) years and less than ten (10) years.

Tier 3: Emerging film festivals which have been in operation for more than two (2) years and less five (5) years.

Documentation and Information Required:

  • A synopsis describing why the festival is unique and what the planned effect of holding the festival is.
  • A project outline and timeline.
  • A one to two – page letter of motivation (Must indicate the aims and objectives of the festival, how they will achieve a return on investment, and the benefits to the local film industry and filmmakers attending the festival).
  • A detailed festival plan and programme, including a proposed screening schedule (listing the names of films, dates, times, and venues of screenings).
  • A detailed festival budget.
  • A document detailing the proposed target audience – including demographics and psychographics.
  • The names of companies already approached for funding.
  • Any amounts already committed by sponsors or companies already approached for funding.
  • An audience development plan and strategy.
  • Research done to date on potential festival attendance.
  • An audited financial statement, showing budget versus actual expenditure from the latest previous festival.
  • A detail report on the previous festival that includes the screening schedule and a verifiable attendance register listing the total number of people attending the screening of each film and the overall impact of the festival.
  • An updated CV for the applicant.
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s South African Identity Document (Dated within six months at the date of application).
  • Film Publication Board Certificate
  • A certified copy of the company’s registration document if applying through a production company (dated within six months at the date of application).
  • The BBBEE certificate or the BBBEE affidavit, signed by a commissioner of Oath if applying through production company.
  • The company tax clearance certificate or tax compliance pin document from SARS if applying through a production company.
  • The most recent Audited company financial statement.
  • A bank account confirmation letter for an account that is “Ring-fenced” i.e. dedicated to festival business only (dated within three (3) months at the date of application).
  • A company profile including a detailed CV and profile of the festival director and his executive team.
  • Details of the skills transfer plan for festival employees. Indication the reoccurring and upskilled staff from the previous year and demonstrating the growth and or progression of staff where applicable. List each training beneficiary ‘s details (Name, ID number, gender, race, and skills acquired).

 

Please note that no late applications will be accepted.

For any queries regarding applications please contact Application officers:

Thandekile Hlatshwayo

Email: thandekileh@nfvf.co.za

Or

Manti Sekwakwa

Email: mantis@nfvf.co.za

Telephone: 011 483 0880

 

 

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