Friday, August 7, 2020


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 national state of disaster declared by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in terms of section 27(1) of the Disaster Management Act which resulted in a national lockdown, and the collective national efforts to combat the spread of the Coronavirus virus (COVID-19) The NFVF acknowledges that COVID-19 has significantly impacted the film and television industry as productions were either halted or postponed.

The NFVF has initiated a relief fund aimed to support and assist independent freelance practitioners, technical and production crew in the film and television industry who have been affected and infected by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically:

  • Practitioners who are experiencing a loss of income due to cancellations or postponements of confirmed work engagements in South Africa, either as a result of being infected with COVID-19 or due to the National State of Disaster and subsequent lockdown.
  • The NFVF Relief Fund will prioritise up to 60% of the available funds towards freelance film practitioners, technical and production crew members who have lost income due to the cancellation or postponement of productions. A definition of the crew and a list of what the NFVF will consider as freelance film practitioners, technical and production crew, is given below.

Opening date for submissions:  Submission Date: 6 August 2020

Closing date for submissions:    Submission Date: 3 September 2020, Midnight

Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link:

The Relief fund will provide grants of up to R10,000 (ten thousand rands) per applicant to help alleviate the acute hardships faced by South African freelance practitioners, technical and production crew during this time of economic uncertainty. Whilst emergency relief resources alone cannot address long-term career stability, the intent of this fund is to ensure that freelance practitioners, technical and production crew receive support.

1. Criteria:

1.1.           Emerging or established Practicing freelancers, technical and production crew.

1.2.           Applications must be made in the individuals personal capacity.

1.3.           At least 21 years of age, with proven work experience of a minimum of 24 months in film and television production.

1.4.           South African citizens with valid ID documents, or

1.5.           Permanent resident in South Africa with a valid ID/Permit.

1.6.           Refugees with a valid ID/Permit.

1.7.           Provide proof of loss of income due to the cancellation of work. This can be in the form

of a contract, letter of engagement or call sheet.

1.8.        Provide proof of previous work within the film and television industry within the past 12 months.

2. Exclusions:

2.1.       Individuals that have been awarded a relief grant from other funds (both public or private funding).

2.2.          Non-citizens, permanent residents, refugees or  individuals without official status.

2.3.          Practitioners who work in front of the camera (Performing artists).

2.4.          Practitioners who are permanently employed through companies that are NFVF beneficiaries.

3. How does it work?

Applicants must:

  • Submit a short motivation letter with all relevant information and a breakdown of the details and loss of income. 
  • Provide valid banking details and  statements covering the last 3 months for the account to which any award will be disbursed. 
  • Provide a one-page confirmation letter from the applicant's client/employer with a high-level overview of the cancelled or postponed project, this must be attached when applying for loss of income relief. 
  • Submit proof of previous work/projects engagements in the industry (in the past two years) with an accompanying letter from at one least previous employer. The letter must include contactable references. 
  • Submit their applications through Praxis


4. Incomplete applications will not be processed, which will result in an automatic disqualification.

5. The adjudication panels are made of industry professionals, presided over by NFVF Chairs of panels.

6. Recommendations will be presented to the NFVF Council for final approval. The NFVF funds are capped at R10,000 per applicant.

7. Successful applicants will be published on the NFVF website.

8. Definition of Crew:

A crew is a group of people, hired by a production company, for the purpose of producing a film or motion picture. The crew is distinguished from the cast as the cast are understood to be the actors who appear in front of the camera or provide voices for characters in the film. The crew is also separate from the producers as the producers are the ones who own a portion of either the film company or the film's intellectual property rights. A film crew is divided into different departments, each of which specialises in a specific aspect of the production. Whilst all film practitioners will be considered, crews will be prioritised for this relief funding.

Motion picture projects have three discrete stages: development, production and distribution. Within the production stage, there are also three clearly defined sequential phases — pre-production, principal photography and post-production — and many film crew positions are associated with only one or two of the phases. Distinctions are also made between above-the-line personnel (such as the director, the screenwriter and the producers) who begin their involvement during the project's development stage, and the below-the-line "technical" crew involved only with the production stage.

9. List of non-exhaustive crew titles that will be considered for funding:

Please note that no late applications will be accepted.

For any queries regarding applications please contact:

Thandekile Hlatshwayo

Applications Officer


Telephone: 011 484 0880


Manti Sekwakwa

Applications Officer


Telephone: 011 484 0880

Thursday, August 6, 2020



05 August 2020

The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) today launches the month-long Women’s month 2020 programme. The programme will mostly showcase the work and efforts of women in the film and television sector in Gauteng, using virtual platforms across popular social media channels from the 10th till the 31st of August 2020.

The programme is being launched during a very difficult period, when the country is under a restricted lockdown due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. In South Africa, we have witnessed the difficult circumstances and challenges faced particularly by women – the gender-based violence as well as food insecurity among other realities. Under the theme "Generation Equality: Realising women's rights for an equal society now” the South African government has highlighted this year’s focus for Women's Month as gender-based violence and discrimination, the advancement of the rights of women and girls in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres of life.

South Africa commemorates Women's Month in August as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956, in protest of the extension of Pass Laws to women. It is following on this premise that the GFC has brought in partners to commemorate Women’s month this year. The programme will explore issues faced by women in the industry, and solutions will be discussed in virtual activities, delivered mostly by women, namely a virtual roundtable series, women empowerment lecture with City Varsity and an Online Women Film Festival.

“Reflecting on how women came together in 1956 to fight an unjust system, we have also brought in a variety of stakeholders to work with in executing this programme. We have partnered with City Varsity who will run the virtual empowerment masterclasses delivered by women lecturers, we also have Netflix onboard, a global media company that has made available relief to the distressed industry – they are providing a once off, short-term emergency relief grant to below-the-line workers who are usually hired on a freelance basis, are paid hourly wages and currently have most of their work put on hold” said GFC’s Desmond Mthembu. 

The programme has pulled more than 30 film and TV industry practitioners and will engage on issues ranging from sexual harassment in the sector, diversity, decolonising spaces to women empowerment. All activities will be virtual and will be delivered through the GFC’s social media platforms.


Wednesday, August 5, 2020


04 Aug 2020

The Durban FilmMart Institute (DMI) has announced the programme for the 11th Durban FilmMart (DFM) Virtual Edition, which takes place from 4 to 13 September this year. 

“Using the theme Brave New Cinema, we are bringing together leading and emerging African film professionals in an online space, to benchmark themselves, learn from peers, pitch their ideas and projects and network, and collectively demonstrate our courage to tell our own stories,” says Toni Monty, Head of the DFM. 

“DFM 2020 will focus on African filmmakers who work to contribute cinema images that celebrate, and canonize our struggles and our beauty,” says Monty. “These are African filmmakers whose stories challenge oppressive structures, engage with dominant value systems, and reflect our daily experiences. The creation of film is an act of courage because of the ever-increasing challenges in both funding and media freedom in many parts of the continent. This will be a gathering of filmmakers in a celebration of collective African resilience, collective victories and a call for the stories of the future.”

Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Dear Film and Media Colleagues

Kindly note that the Netflix Covid-19 Film and Television Relief Fund has added:

1. Script supervisor
2. Stunt department
3.HODs (Below-the-line, please specify department)

to its eligibility criteria. 


03 Aug 2020

Statement by Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Mitigation Plans to Minimise the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Sport, Arts and Culture Sector

Honourable Minister Mthembu, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation,
The Deputy Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Ms Nocawe Mafu,
The Director General of the Department, Mr. Vusumuzi Mkhize.
Members of the Media,

Dear Compatriots,

We have gathered here this afternoon on the 3rd day of the month of August.  The month of August is observed in the South African Government calendar as the period where the country commemorates Women’s day and Women’s month.  The 2020 commemoration events will be held under the theme “Realising women’s rights for an equal future”.  Women’s Month 2020 takes place in the context of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and Gender-based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), which have underlined the urgent need to more decisively deal with the legacy of structural oppression to accelerate the transformation of society. This includes the transformation of unequal power relations between women and men and addressing gender oppression, patriarchy, sexism, racism, ageism and to create an environment which enables women to take full control of their lives, reach their full potential and contribute to the country’s development.
Since our last interaction with the nation, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has worked tirelessly to ensure that relief reaches as many practitioners as possible.   As the first wave of relief draws to an end, we deem it necessary to come and account to the sector and the nation as a whole.  Indeed, it was never an easy journey; we all chartered for the first time as a country in this rocky terrain.  I would also touch on some critical lessons derived out of this experience. 

Based on the set criteria, the Department received a total number of 5 322 applications in the categories of Sport, Digital, as well as Arts, Culture and Heritage.  Through the adjudication and appeals processes 4 602 applications were then recommended; a total of 1 570 was not recommended.  Some of the reasons shared by the adjudication panels for not recommending applications vary from applicant to applicant and these include the following;
  • In the Sport sector it was confirmed that some of the athletes have other sources of income such as employment and/ or a business, while others could not be confirmed as national athletes, coaches or technical personnel. 
  • Other practitioners, particularly in the arts and culture sector had no indication of cancelled or postponed events, or generally did not fall within the set criteria.
  • Incomplete or incorrect forms were used; some didn’t use the form but just wrote in the body of the email without providing detailed information that would be required in the form
  • For digital, other applications were not innovative ideas; they did not respond to the 4th Industrial Revolution; that is, provided ideas which did not respond to the COVID-19 environment and regulations.
  • We also had applicants who were not compliant with Tax, especially companies.
  • It is important to note that a Monitoring team was set up and the team was able to recover over 1, 000 outstanding applications in the spam emails, hence the spike in the number of successful applications.
There are currently 117 outstanding applications being finalised by the Department.  To date, the total of R61 million has been disbursed to beneficiaries.  
In terms of the Demographics and classification of those who benefited, the findings were as follows:
Blacks = 1979 (57%)
Whites = 1483 (43%)
It is also important to note is that our Provincial Offices are at different stages of implementing their Provincial Reliefs as announced in our last briefing.  Their efforts will further assist in widening our reach. 

In conceptualising the second wave of relief, the Department listened to the plight of practitioners.  The Department further conducted a number of consultations with those who were involved in the process of administering relief, including amongst others, sector organisations, panellists and our national entities.  The second wave, will therefore take into account the shortcomings, and experiences of the first rollout, categorised as follows;
  • The period for the call for applications to be at least 14 days to allow athletes and practitioners sufficient time to make use of the opportunity.
  • The application form to indicate demographics, i.e. disability, gender, race, age, province and at least, district.
  • The application form to have personal details as per ID document, no nicknames, etc.
  • All applications must be completed online including the uploading of supporting documents (The model to be used will be outlined later, here-below)
  • Eliminate the criterion of cancelled or postponed events, as it would not be feasible or appropriate for the next phase.

Monday, August 3, 2020




 -- The eligibility criteria and applications for a R15 000 one-time benefit are now available  --

Monday, August 3, 2020 -- Starting today, members of South Africa’s creative community will be able to apply for the COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund that has been set up with a R 8, 3 million donation by Netflix in collaboration with the South Africa Screen Federation (SASFED) and supported by the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO). The fund application window will remain open for two weeks (applications will close on Sunday, 16 August 2020).

The fund, that will be administered by Tshikululu Social Investment, aims at providing emergency relief to below-the-line workers who work in the film and television industry. This would include skilled workers from Assistant Directors to Camera, Lighting, Grips, Sound and Art Departments, all the way through to artisans such as electricians, carpenters, drivers and many other freelancers like hair and make-up artists, costume designers and others who are paid hourly/daily wages and/or work on a project-to-project basis (see a full list on the Tshikululu website). These workers will be eligible to apply for the R15 000 one-time benefit.  The full eligibility criteria for the fund is available on

Application forms are available to be completed and submitted on the website with supporting documents. Alternatively, applicants can download the application form and send it via mail to: Private Bag X125, Braamfontein, 2017. Applicants can also courier the documents to: 8 Hillside Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193.

Tshikululu will screen all applications while a selection committee composed of industry role players will evaluate applicants and determine the recipients. Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications.

For more information about the fund, application process and eligibility criteria, please visit

Thursday, July 30, 2020


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to announce that the call for cycle 2 funding applications for the 2020/21 financial year is now open for the following funding categories:

Tiers 1 & 2: Documentary Development (feature films and short films)

Tier 3: Documentary Development - short films

Tiers 1 & 2: Production: Animation, Archive Funding, Feature Film - Documentary, Feature Film – Fiction, Micro-Budget/Made-for-TV Movie, Short Film – Documentary, Short Film – Fiction, Web Series, 2 – 3 Part TV Length Documentary, TV Pilot, Short film - Animation

Tier 3: Production: Micro-Budget/Made-for-TV Movie, Short Film – Documentary, Short Film – Fiction, Web Series, Short film - Animation

Tiers 1 & 2: Post-Production: Feature Film – Documentary, Feature Film – Fiction 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 submitting an application.

Opening date for submissions:  29 July 2020 
Closing date for submissions:    23 August 2020


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to announce that the call for Festivals and Markets Attendance is now open for festivals taking place between the 17th of August to the 30th of September 2020.

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 submitting an application.

Opening date for submissions:  Submission Date: 27 July 2020
Closing date for submissions:    Submission Date: 5 August 2020

Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link:

Important notice
Please take note of the following disclaimers:

  1. Tier yourself accordingly
  2. Carefully read the definitions of the sub categories 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. (NOT OLDER THAN 6 MONTHS, WITH A DATED STAMP)
  5. Only valid documents will be allowed (NOT EXPIRED)
  6. Applications which do not meet compliance will be disqualified

Tier breakdown:

Tier 1: Experienced filmmakers who have a proven track record for developing and producing 3-5 theatrically released feature films.

Tier 2: Filmmakers with limited experience but who have developed and produced 1-2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, 2-3 short films and/or commercials seeking to venture into feature film development and production.

Tier 3: New entrants into the industry, particularly recent film school graduates from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. This intervention is geared towards first time filmmakers having a “calling card” in the film industry. This tier is only eligible for short film funding.

Please note that no late applications will be accepted.

For any queries regarding applications please contact:

Thandekile Hlatshwayo
Applications Officer
Telephone: 011 484 0880


Manti Sekwakwa
Applications Officer
Telephone: 011 484 0880

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


Tshikululu Social Investments to administer the R8 million Netflix donation to help support the hardest hit below-the-line workers whose productions were suspended due to the pandemic 

Johannesburg, South Africa: July 28, 2020 - Today, the South African Screen Federation (SASFED), supported by the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO), announced the establishment of a COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund in collaboration with Netflix to provide emergency relief to the hardest-hit workers in South Africa’s creative community. 

Netflix will donate over ZAR 8, 3 million, which will be administered by Tshikululu Social Investment, who will screen the applications for eligibility as well as disburse the funds to beneficiaries. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated creative communities all around the world, including South Africa, with many film and TV productions experiencing disruptions that have left thousands of workers without income. Netflix, in collaboration with SASFED and the IPO, will provide a one-time emergency relief grant to below the line workers such as electricians, carpenters, hair and makeup artists, drivers, costume designers and many other freelancers who are paid hourly wages and work on a project-to-project basis. The workers will be eligible to apply for the R15 000 one-time benefit. 

Starting from August 3, 2020 the members of South Africa’s creative community will be able to apply by filling out an online application at Tshikululu’s website ( or mailing physical applications. The eligibility criteria will be posted on Tshikululu’s website on 3 August 2020 when applications open.

Unathi Malunga, SASFED Executive Director: “SASFED is delighted about the announcement that the COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund will provide relief for workers in the film and TV sector who are not eligible for other available relief funds. The S.A. economy has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Netflix fund supporting the local film industry brings hope to struggling industry professionals. We hope other potential partners will follow Netflix's example and support SASFED’s broader initiatives which offer assistance to industry professionals across the whole value chain - an initiative undertaken by industry, for the industry. SASFED applauds Netflix's support of the local industry during the global crisis."

Sisanda Henna, IPO co-Chairperson: “Following months of extreme hardship for most of our sector, the IPO is overjoyed that Netflix is providing this desperately-needed relief for those most hard hit by the pandemic – the industry’s below-the-line freelancers to whom no other relief has been available. This is a clear demonstration of Netflix’s commitment to the sustainability of the South African film and TV production industry, and we welcome them – with wide open arms – as a partner in our broader efforts to support the screen sector.”
Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix’s lead for African Originals:We’re proud to be working with The South African Screen Federation and the Independent Producers Organisation to support the hardest hit workers in TV and film production. South African crews are vital to Netflix’s success and we want to help those freelancers who most need support in these unprecedented times.

In March, Netflix announced a $100M hardship fund to help the hardest-hit workers in the creative community across the world affected by the pandemic, which has since been increased to $150M. The ZAR 8, 3 million contribution in South Africa is part of this initiative. 


Known as “The leading voice and champion of the South African Screen Industry,” the South African Screen Federation (SASFED) is the national federation of independent film, television and audio-visual industry organisations in South Africa. SASFED is proudly representative of the collective core of South Africa’s independent screen industry and is driven and rooted in an appreciation of the specific interests, concerns and programmes of each of its members, with current full member organisations: Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA), Independent Producers’ Organisation (IPO), Personal Managers’ Association (PMA), Animation South Africa (A.S.A), South African Guild of Actors (SAGA), Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT), South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) and Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA).

About the IPO:
The Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) is a representative, national organisation of independent South African film, television and video producers, and is constituted to represent, protect and promote the interests and needs of producers. The IPO currently represents the interests of over eighty percent of working producers in South Africa. The IPO strives towards creating an empowered and representative film and television industry in South Africa that ensures the advancement of a sustainable and stable environment for producers.

About Tshikululu:
Established in 1998, Tshikululu is a Level 3 B-BBEE contributor with more than 22 years’ experience in the social investment space. Our purpose is to catalyse social change. We provide agile, end-to-end strategic social investment solutions, informed by our real world experience and our deep understanding of South Africa’s social landscape. We deliver through hands-on engagement with our programme partners, clients and other stakeholders. As custodians of some of the country’s largest social investment programmes, non-negotiable adherence to strict corporate governance best practices is paramount to how we operate. We are the most concentrated group of social investment experts in South Africa, with more than 60 highly-experienced and dynamic social investment professionals. Social investment is serious business. Bringing about real, lasting change requires high-level skills, thinking and drive. In order to achieve our goals, we will always apply our minds, learn continuously, push our limits, form powerful partnerships and never compromise on quality. We aim, very simply, to be the best social investors in the world.

About Netflix:
Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Media Contacts:
Theo Nel

Monday, July 27, 2020


Join SAGA for a panel discussion to explore Sexual Harassment in our industry. 

Date: 29 July 2020
Time: 16h00 - 17h30
Zoom registration link:

Tuesday, July 21, 2020


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to make submissions on behalf of the South African Film industry. The NFVF is also responsible for assembling the Selection Committee, whose main task is to judge all the entries submitted; and select the one feature film that will represent South Africa at the Oscars.

The NFVF is extending a call to all South African film practitioners to submit nominations of key industry specialists in the film sector to be the official South African Academy Selection Committee for 2020. Nominees must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience and a specialised skills set competency in behind and front of camera work in the film industry to form part of the 93rd Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) jury. The jury will seek a balance with respect to age, gender, experience, ethnicity, and industry skill. Jurors will be accountable to choose one film as the country’s official submission for the International Feature Film Award. 

It is envisaged that the judging process will take between 3 and 5 days; informed by the number of entries received. All processes will strictly adhere to COVID-19 compliance regulations.

Submissions to be sent to  by the 3rd of August 2020.


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.

Monday, July 20, 2020


Date: 22 July 2020   
Time: 11h00 - 12h00
Speaker: Anil Polton

About the Session
“Sometimes, to get a story down, our creativity needs to go beyond just creative writing”. In this WRITING AS A BUSINESS session, over the hour, I will show you three simple yet effective writing and designing tools that I use for my work.

  • WRITERSOLO - This screenwriting App for your computer has all the necessary elements to get a screenwriter up and going.  And you can use it offline.
  •  GRAMMARLY - Eliminate errors of punctuation, spelling and syntax with this handy app that you can use on your MS Word and internet text including Gmail & Facebook.
  • CANVA - A graphic design package to create Storyboards, Book Covers, Press Releases, Movie Posters, Show Invitations, Logos, Newsletters or just about anything graphic design. 
And they are all FREE!
Yes, FREE. So let me show you around in a brief overview. You will learn how to set them up and what they look like in use and a few basics.
About Anil
Anil Polton realizes that writers need much more than just a screenwriting package to support themselves, and with that in mind would like to show you some of the tools he uses in his writing endeavours.  He has a “fair” knowledge of computers and his philosophy is that you cannot know enough about anything but at least something is good enough to get you moving.

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Cati Weinek’s Production skills for scriptwriters in the era of COVID session has been postponed.

We will keep you informed on the new date of this session.

Free for members
NON-members - R20 (per session) into our bank account

WGSA Current Account
Standard Bank, Northcliff
Branch No: 006305
Acc No: 300082444
Acc type: Current


Please RSVP Monday, 20 July 2020 at 12h00

Please note the session will be conducted via zoom or Google Meet.
A link will be sent before the session.


Sponsored by the GFC

Tuesday, July 14, 2020



As the nations of the world elect leaders with wanton regard for the planet and all its’ resources, as all the unheeded warnings about species extinction and climate change come home to roost, we say don’t bury your head in the sand, don’t give up - it’s time to share your story of hope!

Is your story an engaging, innovative or inspirational natural history, environmental or conservation story? Does it inspire a call to action?

We're looking for nature, environment and wildlife conservation stories that aim to inspire positive change, ignite action and impact how we see our planet! We're looking for the next generation of nature, environment and wildlife filmmakers!
Since 2017 thirteen (13) short films have been produced by young filmmakers through the N.E.W Pitch.  These films have been entered in numerous global film festivals, broadcast on national television and have gone on to win local and international awards.

How to Enter:

-  Submit your short documentary film concept.

-  Ten filmmakers will be selected to pitch Live in the N.E.W Pitch Competition during the NEWF Congress 2020.

-  Five winners will receive R 50 000 each to produce their documentary short.

-  Winners will have access to mentorship during development & production.



Entries close on July 15th 2020.
For more info visit or email

Thursday, July 9, 2020


Date: 13 July 2020    
Time: 14h00 - 15h30
Speaker: Ayanda Halimana
About the Session
Often times when we submit proposals and get rejected without any explanation we get angry and are left frustrated. There are many reasons why proposals get rejected. One of these reasons is that we submit concepts that don’t give a sense of what the story will be.     

About Ayanda
Ayanda Halimana is a South African Storyteller who has written, Head Written, Script and Story Edited a number of award-nominated TV Dramas and Films. She is a Workshop Facilitator, Screen Writing Mentor, and actively Writes and is also a Creative Producer. Her most recent work has achieved the highest number of ratings to date in SA for Series broadcast on SABC 1; both during the show’s premiere season and on the re-run in May/June 2020.



Date: 14 July 2020    
Time: 16h00 - 17h30
Speaker: Gavin Sher
About the session
A discussion group delving deep into the mysteries of story. Topics include: Story as a blue-print for our relationship to reality; learning from fiction; designing stories that shift consciousness; the relationship between our ability as storytellers and our personal journeys through life; transcending our storytelling limitations through personal development; the mystery and magic of archetypes. 

About Gavin
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Gavin Sher M.A. (40) is a well-rounded filmmaker and entrepreneur, who has specialized in screenwriting and story development since 2012.

He has a wide-ranging background and a hunger for knowledge that has yielded experience, insight, and understanding into most aspects of life.  Gavin thoroughly enjoys positive collaboration and before specializing in screenplay, he worked in many different roles in the South African film industry, from performance to producing and much in between, in order to learn the business and the craft from as many angles as possible.

A full member of the Writer’s Guild Of South Africa, Gavin has worked as a head-writer and editor on television series for local broadcasters, including SABC and E-TV.  -Gavin also serves as a script editor for South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation and he is often invited to sit on the NFVF panel that assigns national funding for the development and production of feature films and television in SA. 

In his own capacity, Gavin is now an award-winning writer who has written and assisted in the development of a number of independent feature films and television series.

Production skills for scriptwriters in the era of COVID  

Date: 14 July 2020    
Time: 16h00 - 18h00 
Speaker: Cati Weinek
About the Session
This is a full immersion into the industry and an opportunity for an interactive session with an award-winning film producer where story ideas can be pitched and developed while building your understanding of production and distribution in an industry where the status quo is up for grabs.

About Cati
Producer of popular, prize-winning film and television content, Cati understands how to use budgets for the ultimate purpose of making beautiful content that resonates with audiences with an eye for a return on investment

Free for members 
NON-members - R20 into our bank account

WGSA Current Account
Standard Bank, Northcliff
Branch No: 006305
Acc No: 300082444
Acc type: Current


Please RSVP on or before Friday, 10 July at 12h00
Please note the session will be conducted via zoom or Google Meet.
A link will be sent before the session.

Please note: late applications will not be considered.

Sponsored by the GFC