Tuesday, September 1, 2020


The NFVF will be conducting virtual classes which will be facilitated by local industry experts. Mandla Dube is one of the selected facilitators and he has invited Effie T Brown to be a guest on one of his sessions. Effie will be talking about producing skills and financing opportunities in the USA. She will be presenting on the 10th September 2020 at 17:00 – 18:00.

NFVF have reserved this session for local black female film producers so that they can empower and celebrate them. They have therefore invited the IPO to nominate ten local black female producers who may be working on their own narrative projects to participate in the session.

Interested IPO members should put their names forward with a 1 paragraph motivation detailing their project status, current challenges and desired outcomes sent to administrator@ipo.org.za by the close of business 2 September 2020.  


More about Effie: 

Veteran producer Effie T. Brown (“Dear White People,” “Project Greenlight,” “Real Women Have Curves”) is the CEO of Gamechanger, the first film financing fund by and for women, which launched in 2013. Under Brown’s leadership, Gamechanger will now broaden the fund’s scope to also include projects by and about people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Gamechanger will also expand into television and digital content with a new, fully monetized development fund that will enable it to buy, option, and develop IP for those platforms.

 “As a black female producer who’s been in the business for over 20 years, I know how hard it is to not only get into the room but to then secure financing when you have a culturally diverse or gender specific point of view,” said Brown. “What also makes us different is that the diversity of our content is as diverse as our investor pool. Our investors understand that it is going to take all of us pooling our monies together to ensure that these inclusive voices are given the opportunity to own their story from script to screen.”