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The National Film and Video Foundation Call for Drive-In proposal submissions

By 29 June 2021No Comments

The National Film and Video Foundation Call for Drive-In proposal submissions

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa’s film and video industry. In light of the effects of COVID-19 on the film industry, we have decided to use alternate ways to reach our audience through the introduction of a Drive-in strategy.

The Drive-In initiative aims to provide relief to communities hard hit by COVID-19, to offer alternative forms of entertainment whilst creating job opportunities for SMMEs and providing a life-line for filmmakers. Although cinemas have been given the green light to operate under Lockdown Level 3, they will only operate at 50% capacity.

A drive-in initiative will enable the NFVF to follow through on the support for films funded by the NFVF in a measured way, whilst assisting filmmakers with distribution methods for their content to reach audiences. This would also give us the opportunity to partner with different Provincial structures and municipalities as well as potential commercial partners.

Opening date for submissions:  Submission Date: 10 July 2020

Closing date for submissions:    Submission Date: 24 July 2020


A drive-in theatre or drive-in cinema is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a concession stands, and a large parking area for cars. Within this enclosed area, customers can view films from the privacy and comfort of their cars.

The screen can be as simple as a wall that is painted white, or it can be a steel truss structure with a complex finish. Drive-In screenings are uniquely positioned to limit physical contact yet provide a comfortable viewing space. With the right safety and healthy measures applied – Drive-Inns screenings can be implemented in the current lock-down provisions.

This can be extended, in a limited and safe way, to concession stands for youth-owned businesses to sell refreshments and masks and hand sanitizers to patrons upon entry. Stringent measures will be implemented at the point of entry to minimise risk.

Specific conditions are applicable and applicants need to take careful note of these conditions before applying.


For the interested service provider to be considered, they must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • The Company to be at least 51% owned and managed by the applicant
  • The Company should have completed at least one outdoor screening event
  • Only previously disadvantaged SMMEs will be considered
  • The Company must indicate the ability to work with other local service providers


 Selection Criteria

Criteria that will be taken into consideration when assessing applications include:

  • The capacity of the company to meet the highest standards within strict COVID-19 guidelines
  • A clear understanding of budgeting and delivery within budget
  • A unique selling point concerning sustainability and contribution to transformation in the industry
  • An NFVF internal panel will be appointed to adjudicate applicants
  • The budget for each drive-in activation is capped at R150 000


Compulsory Application Requirements

All applicants must submit the following compulsory documentation:

  • CVs of key management
  • Budget and proposed screening schedule
  • Valid BBBEE Certificate
  • Original valid tax clearance certificate (MUST BE VALID FOR 3 MONTHS)
  • Company registration documents


Failure to submit any one of the compulsory documentation will render the application incomplete and therefore disqualified for consideration.



For proposal submissions and queries, kindly email: or call 011 483 0880.

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