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Calling all female filmmakers: Applications are now open for the NFVF’s ground-breaking project empowering underrepresented voices in the industry. Deadline 29 March 2023. #FemaleNext

Johannesburg, March 2023

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in partnership with Yellowbone Entertainment, KZN Film Commission (KZNFC), and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), have launched a call for submissions for the NFVF Female Filmmaker Project. The initiative aims to bring together ten talented women from underrepresented backgrounds annually for the next three years to collaborate on film projects.

This year, the project’s focus is on exploring the Multiverse theme in the context of modern-day South Africa. By participating in the program, female filmmakers will have the opportunity to enhance their skills, broaden their knowledge, and establish important industry connections under the mentorship of Yellowbone Entertainment.

The Multiverse theme provides filmmakers with the opportunity to explore parallel realities in imaginative and creative ways, whether through science-fiction elements or grappling with issues across multiple universes. Yellowbone Entertainment encourages submissions that explore the intersection of the Multiverse theme and modern-day South Africa.

“The Female Filmmaker Project offers participants mentorship, professional training, and access to resources to enhance their skills and knowledge in the film industry,” said Makhosazana Khanyile, CEO of the National Film and Video Foundation. “We are excited to collaborate with Yellowbone Entertainment, KZN Film Commission, and the South African Broadcasting Corporation on this project, which provides a unique opportunity for underrepresented women filmmakers to network, create impactful films, and explore the possibilities of the Multiverse theme.”

“Our mission is to create a supportive and empowering environment for women in the film industry and provide them with the resources and exposure they need to succeed,” said Layla Swart, Managing Director of Yellowbone Entertainment. “At Yellowbone Entertainment, we believe that promoting diversity and representation in the film industry is crucial, and we are thrilled to offer this fantastic opportunity for female filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to come together and create meaningful films that explore the possibilities of the Multiverse theme in the context of South Africa.”

To be considered for the Female Filmmaker Project, submissions must meet certain criteria, including a clear vision for the Multiverse theme and a demonstration of technical proficiency. A panel will review submissions and select the ten participants based on the strength of their proposals.

Yellowbone Entertainment is proud to support and promote the growth and development of female filmmakers in South Africa.

For more information on the application process, visit

All entries must be sent to with the subject “NFVF FEMALE APPLICATION” and all required documents attached. To avoid automatic disqualification, applicants must submit their entries by 29 March 2023.

For media requests contact:

Neo Moretlwe

Chief Communications Officer

Yellowbone Entertainment/ The Post Office

Lerato Mokopanele

Marketing and Communications Manager

National Film and Video Foundation


About Yellowbone Entertainment

Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and Layla Swart founded Yellowbone Entertainment, a leading production company, in 2017 following years of hard-earned grit and determination to transform the South African film and television landscape. 

The company has experienced nothing short of incredible success since its inception, winning numerous awards each year at the African Movie Academy Awards and the South African Film and Television Awards among others. 

Knuckle CityBlood PsalmsYou’re My Favourite Place, and Sew The Winter To My Skin, to name a few, are just a few of the diverse success stories that have helped shape the brave and innovative essence of Yellowbone Entertainment.

About NFVF

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa’s film and video industry. The NFVF does this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and the training and development of filmmakers. In addition, the NFVF commissions research and produces industry statistics that provide both the stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film industry.

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