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The NFVF invites directors to apply for the Youth Filmmaker Project

By 29 June 2021No Comments


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) 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. The NFVF, in collaboration with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that the call for Directors to submit proposals for the Youth Filmmaker Project is open.


The concept for the Youth Filmmaker Project is to provide Ten aspirant young filmmakers, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make a 24-minute film in collaboration with other filmmakers. The successful directors will receive a predetermined script around the theme of love and be paired with qualified mentors and a production team who will assist in facilitating the project, over a 10-week period.

The ten films will be produced by Triangle Post and Animation Studios who will ensure that each participant has a completed film that will form part of their portfolio in the future.


  • To nurture, support and promote young filmmakers in South Africa through strategically developed training laboratories and workshops.
  • To seek out remarkable directors, which will bring new perspectives to our South African, African and global audience.


There are a series of intensive workshops facilitated by qualified mentors in the industry who will equip candidates with the right tools in making the short films a success. The director’s workshop will take place over a one-week period. Each director will work with a professional production crew and will work closely with the writer. All workshops and shoots will take place in and around Gauteng.

Successful candidates must be able to set aside 3 months in order to fully partake in the programme.


Applicants need to:

  • Be between the ages of 18 to 35 years old.
  • No experience is required, they can be new in the industry and have a passion for directing,
  • Be from any province within South Africa but preference will be given to those residing outside of Gauteng and Western Cape.
  • Must make sure that she/he is available without fail for the duration of the programme (workshops, shoot, post-production).


Eligible candidates for the project must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have a passion for directing.
  • Have a good eye for telling stories using pictures.
  • Have a passion for telling stories that resonate with our present context.
  • Preference will be given to individuals from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Be willing to meet the demands of the film industry and be present at every workshop and shoot.
  • Demonstrate willingness and ability to work as a part of a team in the pursuit of the same objective.
  • Understand the value of and is able to work under pressure and tight schedules.
  • Optional: Have a portfolio of work to show their capability e.g. a show reel.


All applicants are required to submit the following documents in order to be considered:

  • Detailed CV of the applicant
  • Motivation letter (Who you are and why you are passionate about filmmaking, how you would benefit from the programme, and why you are an appropriate candidate for the programme)
  • Certified copy of ID document (not older than 3 months)
  • No qualifications required but any qualifications in directing will be an added advantage
  • Any work done as a director in the industry (if available)
  • Show reel/work portfolio (if available)

*NB: All entries must be sent to and

Please make sure that you attach all required documents because any missing documents will lead to automatic disqualification. All shortlisted candidates will be given a free pitching session by our mentor director before going for the actual pitch. No stipends will be paid to directors. Directors outside Johannesburg will have to find their own accommodation and transport if chosen.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday, 2nd September 2019.

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