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The NFVF participates at the Annual Durban International Film Festival (19 – 29 July 2018)

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Press Release

*For Immediate Release*

The National Film and Video Foundation participates at the Annual Durban International Film Festival (19 – 29 July 2018)

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is proud to be participating at the Durban FilmMart (DFM) and Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which takes place in Durban from  the 19th to the 29th July 2018.

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, plays an important role in the advancement of the South African film industry. DIFF is arguably the continent’s biggest film event, which attracts both film-lovers and industry representatives from around the world.

The NFVF congratulates the five NFVF funded films that have been included in the official festival selection; Farewell Ella Bella, Mayfair, Not In My Neighbourhood, The Adventures of Supermama and Table Manners. It is encouraging to the see the content funded by the NFVF dominating local festivals along with other continental productions.

Through the DFM platform, the NFVF will also engage with the broader South African film industry, reporting back on the organisation ’s achievements and sharing key strategic objectives for this new financial year. As the national film funding body, the NFVF will spearhead engagements with all the provincial and national structures in an effort to lead the strategic alignment of all programmes and services.

As a finance and co-production market which aims to create partnerships and further the development and production of films on the African continent, DFM is perfectly positioned to advance the NFVF’s objective of establishing and building partnerships within the African continent. The time has come to create fruitful relationships with other African countries

NFVF Programme:


20 July 2018

Session 1: NFVF 2nd Annual Speed Dating

Time: 09h00 – 11h00 

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni Hotel 

Description: This closed session is for filmmakers who are seeking funding, distribution and co-production partnerships with potential partners that can assist in achieving these needs.


Session 2: National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Industry Feedback and Engagement

Time: 12h00 – 13h00 

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni Hotel 

Description: The session will be a presentation of the NFVF’s performance for the 2017/18 financial year, highlight the strategic objectives for the 2018/19 financial year and provide the industry an opportunity to engage with key executives from the NFVF.

21 July 2018

Session 1: Marketing and Branding your film

Time: 12h00 – 13h00 

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni Hotel 

Description: The focus of the session is for Marketing and Digital experts to share their knowledge with the South African film industry on the important Marketing and Branding principles, guidelines and tools that can be effectively utilised in the marketing of films in the South African market.


Session 2: National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Talks Filming In South Africa

Time: 14h00 – 15h00

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni Hotel

Description: Filming In South Africa will address issues such as permits for locations, film and television rebates, tax incentives, bringing in film equipment into South Africa and visa processes for working in South Africa, the session is aimed at equipping the industry with crucial information related to filming in South Africa.


22 July 2018

Session: Spark Master Class

Time: 09h00 – 10h00

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni Hotel

Description: The Sediba programme embraces best practices of international screenwriting, and uses the teachings of international masters of our craft. It is in no way narrow, prescriptive, or limiting. The aim is to equip feature film writers with tools that will allow them to shape their own talent, originality, and creativity into screenwriting of an international standard.


Research and Policy Forums

Session: Copyright amendment bill

Time: 12h00 – 12h30

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni Hotel

Description: The focus of the discussion is on the NFVF’s position concerning the Copyright Amendment Bill and discussion of the position as articulated by other film industry organisations.


Session: Gender Matters Study Launch

Time: 12h30 – 13h00

Venue: Suite 3, Elangeni Hotel

Description: This will be an official launch of the study to provide information and statistics on women participation and roles in the local film industry, and the challenges they face as practitioners.

“Congratulations to all the NFVF funded films that will be screened in the official programme at the Durban International Film Festival. The NFVF will be making various announcements during the festival, which are aimed at creating more opportunities for the production of content and galvanising collaborations and partnerships. Collaborations and partnerships are very important to us, we know that if we are to develop and promote a transformed, equitable, and sustainable film industry, we cannot do this alone. I look forward to productive engagements at DFM and a display of world-class cinema through DIFF as well as the 3rd BRICS Film Festival also taking place at the Playhouse from the 22nd of July.” – NFVF Acting CEO, Mr Shadrack Bokaba

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