Thursday, October 29, 2020


Phase 2 of the Gauteng Relief Fund is open to INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS

All individual applicants legible to obtain this financial relief/ assistance need to adhere to the guidelines below and ensure that their application form consists of the following supporting documents:

  • Must be a South African citizen.
  • Must be a Gauteng resident.

The following documents to be included with your application form:

  • Certified ID copy / Smart ID not older than 3 months.
  • Bank confirmation letter; Post Office account; This is to confirm the bank details (where applicable)
  • Proof of residence i.e. letter from the ward councillor, water and lights account, etc.
  • Proof of cancellation/ loss of income of work, activity, programme, project which could include any of the following:
  • Affidavit/ Explanation on how you were impacted by COVID-19 and the Lockdown (to be stamped and signed by a Commissioner of Oaths or Ward Councillor).
  • Trading permit
  • League fixtures with dates, tournaments with dates.
  • letter from organisers;
  • agreement / contract signed with organisers.
  • Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) or Service Level Agreement (SLA) or Contract
  • Appointment document
  • Booking schedule

N.B Applicable to the Sport sector:

  • Athletes on SASCOC’s OPEX programme are not eligible to apply).
  • Applicants under the age of 18, requires a parent / guardian to submit the application on their behalf. Parent/ guardian and minor must submit a certified copy of their ID. Stringent and audit/ checking processes will be put in place taking the above factors into consideration.

All beneficiaries will be subjected to physical verification before payments are done. 

How to apply:

This application form must be completed in full as any form of incompletion shall result in immediate disqualification.

  • Certified ID copy / Smart ID not older than 3 months.
  • Bank confirmation letter; Post Office account; This is to confirm the bank details (where applicable)
  • Proof of residence i.e. letter from the ward councillor, water and lights account, etc.
  • Proof of cancellation/ loss of income of work, activity, programme, project which could include any of the following:
  • Affidavit/ Explanation on how you were impacted by COVID-19 and the Lockdown (to be stamped and signed by a Commissioner of Oaths or Ward Councillor).
  • Trading permit
  • League fixtures with dates, tournaments with dates.
  • letter from organisers;
  • agreement / contract signed with organisers.
  • Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) or Service Level Agreement (SLA) or Contract
  • Appointment document
  • Booking schedule

Deadline: 30 October 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. The NFVF does this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and also the training and development of filmmakers. In addition, the NFVF commissions researches and produces industry statistics that provide both the public and stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film 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 now open. The filmmakers will be guided by the team at Triangle Post and Animation Studios, facilitators of the NFVF project.


The concept for the Youth Filmmaker Project is to provide ten young filmmakers, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make a film in collaboration with other filmmakers. The aim of the project is to direct 10 films over a 10 week period.

This project is targeted towards aspirant young filmmakers who have a desire to break into the industry and would like to pursue directing as a career path. This platform will ensure that each participant has a completed film that will form part of their portfolio in the future.

We are looking for 10 aspirant young filmmakers who will direct ten predetermined scripts of a 24-minute duration that revolve around the theme of BEYOND. These will be produced by Triangle Post and Animation Studios, successful directors will be paired with qualified mentors and a production team in order for the film to be realised.


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.


Successful candidates will go through a series of intensive workshops facilitated by qualified mentors in the industry who will equip them 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 3-6 months in order to fully partake in the programme.


A director will be considered upon meeting the following qualifications:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 to 35 years old.
  • New in the industry and has passion for directing, no experience required.
  • Applicants can be from any province within South Africa but preference will be given to those residing outside the main regions of Gauteng and Western Cape.
  • Applicant 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:

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


*NB: All entries to be sent to and

Please make sure that you attach all required documents because any missing documents will lead to automatic disqualification. No stipends will be paid to our directors. Directors outside Johannesburg will have to find their own accommodation and transport if chosen.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, 20th November 2020.


The National Film and Video Foundation, an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, invites all eligible and reputable TIER 1 and 2 filmmakers ONLY (refer to the definition in our funding policy) to submit proposals reflecting on the life and legacy of Solomon Thekiso Plaatjie. 

In pursuance of our strategic pillar of Promoting Social Cohesion and Nation Building, the NFVF will be funding the production of a documentary about Solomon Thekiso Plaatjie.


Solomon Thekiso Plaatjie was born on the 9th October 1876, in the Boshof district of the Free State, South Africa. A South African intellectual, journalist, linguist, politician, translator and writer. Founder member and first General Secretary of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) which later became the African National Congress (ANC).   

Terms of Reference:

The proposals must be different from all the other biographical documentaries in content, internationally appealing without compromising on authenticity.

The proposals must demonstrate the preservation of our history, culture, politics, Plaatjie’s personal journey and legacy for the next generation.

The proposal that is selected out of this call will have to meet the NFVF’s requirements for content that informs, educates, entertains and offers unique perspective into the life of one of South Africa’s liberation heroes.   


In order for a production company to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Producer/s must be South African citizens.
  • Producer must demonstrate some knowledge of packaging (archive) and marketing of documentary films
  • Production company should have completed at least 1-2 feature films and documentary films or 2-3 short films which have been released theatrically, broadcast on television or exhibited in a festival.
  • Previous recipients of slate or project funding (e.g. female and youth projects) from the organisation are not eligible
  • Applicants who have two active NFVF funded projects across the value chain in one funding cycle are also not eligible
  • Company must be 51% black owned and managed by a black producer


Applications must include:

  • 1-2 page motivation
  • 1-page synopsis
  • Visual Treatment
  • Detailed outline
  • CVs of key creative team with showreel/portfolio of work
  • Budget
  • Finance and recoupment plan
  • Proposed production schedule
  • Marketing and distribution strategy and plan.

Compulsory Requirements

All applicants must submit the following compulsory documentation:

  • BBBEE certificate;
  • Valid Tax Clearance Certificate or Tax Clearance Status Pin Document (not older than one year)*
  • Recently Certified ID copy (dated certification stamp not older than six months)*
  • Company registration document

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

Failure to submit the above-mentioned compulsory documentations will render the application incomplete and therefore disqualified.

The Closing date for applications is 10 November 2020. Any queries maybe directed to

Monday, October 26, 2020


Ms. Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies invites the public to nominate potential persons to be considered for appointment to the Council of the Film and Publication Board, in terms of section 6(3) of the Film and Publication Act, 1996 (Act no. 65 of 1996) (“the Act”), as amended. 

Appointed persons will serve as members of the Council on a part-time basis for a period not exceeding five (5) years (subject to Annual Performance assessments). Remuneration (including allowances) will be per the guidelines approved by the Minister. The nominee should be a fit and proper person; be of good character; and not be disqualified in terms of section 7 of the Act and must have experience and expertise in any of the following: 

 Community development; 
 Education; 
 Psychology; 
 Religion; 
 Law; 
 Drama; 
 Literature; 
 Communications Science; 
 Photography;
 Cinematography; 
 Gender Matters; 
 Children’s Rights; 
 Digital transformation; and 
 Digital skills and multimedia. 

In addition to the requirements of the Act, a candidate with significant experience in Finance and related fields (financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, financial reporting, auditing, risk management), preferably a chartered accountant who has served in Audit Committees will be considered. The nominee must: possess an undergraduate qualification (Bachelor's degree or Advanced/Higher/Post-graduate Diploma) and experience in Corporate or Public Sector Governance. The following will be an added advantage; Board and/board committee experience, business leadership experience, and a minimum of 10 years’ experience at senior/executive management level. 

Nominations should be submitted to the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies by no later than Friday, 30 October 2020

Nominees must be South African citizens and will be required to disclose financial interests in line with section 7 of the Act. 

Successful candidates must submit themselves to verification of qualifications and security vetting. 

Candidates with foreign academic qualifications that have not been graded/verified with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), must verify their qualifications directly with SAQA. 

Relevant curriculum vitae for the nominated candidate, including the following compulsory information: Identity number; gender; race; current designation and responsibilities; contact details (postal and email addresses, and telephone); qualifications and field of expertise; current and past service on boards; areas of expertise; and the names and contact details of two referees. Confirmation of the availability of the nominee is also required. 

A nomination must be submitted through a Nomination Form downloadable from the Department’s website link or HERE.

Nominations may be sent to the Director-General: Communications and Digital Technologies, for attention Ms. Precious Tsolo via e-mail to: 

NB: Nominations will not be considered unless all the requirements set out above are met. Correspondence will be entered into with shortlisted candidates only  

Thursday, October 22, 2020



16 October 2020

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa hereby invites members of the arts fraternity and the general public to nominate persons to serve as Council members of the National Arts Council (NAC) in terms of the National Arts Council Act, 1997 (Act No. 56 of  1997).

Nominated candidates should possess special knowledge and experience in the field of Arts. Nominees who possess other skills which are not directly related to Arts but could be beneficial to the Council, for example, managerial, finance, human resources and legal will be considered. Candidates must be willing to render community service.

Anyone wishing to nominate a person for possible appointment to the Council of the NAC should submit the following:

  • A nomination letter containing full names and all contact details of the nominee. The letter must also provide reasons for the nomination and explaining suitability for appointment;
  • A statement / letter signed by the nominee, in which he or she agrees to the nomination;
  • Recently updated curriculum vitae of the nominee, including three (3) contactable references; and
  • Certified copies of the nominee Identity Document as well as educational qualifications.

No nomination will be considered unless all of the above are included. Correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates. The names of the nominees, including the dates, time and venue of the interviews as well as the final list of appointed candidates will be published on the websites of the National Arts Council and Department of Sport, Arts and Culture to enable members of the public to participate in the appointment process as required by the Act.

Nominations must be addressed to the Director-General of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, for the attention of Ms Lindeka Moeng: Private Bag X897, PRETORIA, 0001 or sent via email to:

Enquiries may be directed to:

Ms Lindeka Moeng

Cell: 0663014641

Closing date9 November 2020. No late application will be accepted.

NB: The remuneration of the appointed Council members will be in line with the rates prescribed by the National Treasury.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020



Experts MornĂ© Steyn and Gavin Matthys introduce you to the Lessac technique bringing the body, mind and voice approach to accessing your creativity and performance.

Join us for this practical workshop that develops full-bodied and rich tonal clarity and articulation, allowing actors to fill their entire pitch range without vocal strain.

Date: Saturday 24 October 2020

Time: 10h00 – 12h00

Registration Link:



The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa hereby invites members of the general public to comment on the short list of names to be considered to serve as Council members of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in terms of the National Film and Video Foundation Act, 1997 (Act No. 73 of 1997).

Section 6 (1) of the NFVF Act, Act No.73 of 1997, stipulates that ‘The Foundation shall act through a council consisting of no fewer than nine (9) and no more than fourteen (14) Council members. Section 6 (2) (a) of the same Act says ‘the members shall be appointed by the Minister from a short list of no more than 22 names’.

Below are 22 short list of names out of an interview process which took place on 6-9 October 2020. These names are presented by the appointed Independent Panel conducted the interviews to the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture for consideration of new NFVF Council appointment.

Section 6 (2) (d) of the same Act stipulates that, any member of the public may object in writing to the short list nomination of any person.

Anyone wishing to comment may do so by submitting the following:

·         A written letter containing full names and contact details of the writer.

·         The letter must provide reasons for objection with supporting documents.

·         Certified copy of the writer’s Identity Document

Comments must be addressed to the Director-General of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, for the attention of Ms Lindeka Moeng: sent via email to:

Closing date: 21 October 2020. No late comments will be considered.

Click HERE to download a copy of the list of names.


The Wesgro Film and Media Promotion unit hosted a series of webinars that took place during the Garden Route International Film Festival over the last few weeks, if you were unable to attend, you can view each webinar listed below here:

1.      Film Readiness Webinar

2.      The Importance of Using Film to Promote Your Destination

3.      The Impact of COVID-19 on Film & Tourism

4.      Meet the SA Film & Media Associations

5.      Showcasing Cape Town and Western Cape Locations

Click here to download our Creative Locations eBook

Click here to access the Location Manual Website

Click here for more information on Wesgro’s Film and Media Promotion unit

Monday, October 19, 2020


How do you get in and out of character?

Every role has a mental and emotional effect on an actor.

Learn tools to distinguish between your personal and professional life, and the life of your character. Thank you to our expert panelists:

• Penny Bramwell-Jones

• Linda Sokhulu

• Camilla Waldman

Date: Wednesday 21 October 2020

Time: 16h00 - 18h00

Registration link:



The IPO has been working hard with the insurance sector in an effort to motivate Government to establish an industry Pandemic Insurance Indemnity Fund, as several countries around the world have done, in an effort to reboot the industry. Without pandemic insurance cover, it is not possible to get a full completion bond, without which it is almost impossible to secure financing for your project and get into production or which leaves the producer carrying enormous risks if you do.

We need your urgent assistance to get comprehensive industry information to substantiate the facts and figures in our proposal, and provide a compelling case to government. If you had, or might have, a production that is unable to commence or to finalise funding due to a lack of pandemic insurance, PLEASE complete this quick survey, and return it by Monday 26 October.

Link to the Survey:


Please note: because we anticipate your possible reluctance to share what may be perceived as confidential information with the IPO, this survey will be returned to and coordinated by an independent 3rd party, the South African Insurance Association. No individual responses will be assessed, only global totals will be assessed and factored into the proposal. We urge you to participate - we don't want to understate the industry's need to government, which will be detrimental to the entire industry value chain. Your small investment of time and information is vital, please.

There is space for 4 productions affected by Lockdown and 4 productions planned from October 2021, if you need to report additional productions please put the details in the Comments section at the end.  Please also share the survey with producers who are not IPO members.

We thank you for your participation in the vitally important industry survey. Any queries can be sent to or

Thursday, October 15, 2020


The Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA) is calling on all filmmakers, Citizen Journalists, media activists and artivists who have created documentary content in South Africa relating to the Covid-19 Pandemic, to submit films for consideration for promotion on our docLOVE and other social media platforms.

"In view of the challenges faced by our industry the DFA Board created the DFA Covid-19 Short Film Grant to contribute to 5 short documentaries under the banner of Life, Love, Rifts and Rage in the time of Covid-19", says DFA co-chair Miki Redelinghuys. "We are proud to be extending our support of independent content that reflects South African stories during the coronavirus pandemic with our DFA docLOVE Covid-19 Citizen Journalist Awards".

Ten short films will be selected and curated for online engagement.

  1. The work must be no shorter than 1-minute and no longer than 8-minutes.
  2. Each winning film will receive a R1000 award.
  3. One filmmaker representing each of the final ten selected films will receive a 1-year membership to the Documentary Filmmakers' Association valued at R350.
  4. Works must have been produced during March - September 2020 and must include themes that touch on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the everyday in South Africa. Or, "everyday South Africans and Africans in South Africa during this time".
  5. Formats for submissions: MP4 or .MOV please send works in for consideration using a Google Drive link, WeTransfer, or by uploading to YouTube or Vimeo or another streaming service using a private, password protected link.

Important dates:
Submission date: 22 October 2020 at 23h59 South African Standard Time
Winners announcement: 28 October 2020
Published on docLOVE from: 10 November 2020

Rules and Regulations:
The docLOVE Covid-19 Citizen Journalist Awards is open to anyone living in South Africa. Submissions must include a completed Entry form, which includes a credit list and Chain of Title (a template is provided). To access the Entry platform go to

The DFA Covid-19 Project which includes the DocLOVE Citizen Journalist Initiative is supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.


About docLOVE

The docLOVE inititiave in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town are FREE screenings followed by a discussion and the opportunity to meet other filmmakers. The screenings programme has had strong support from film aficionados in Cape Town at two regular venues: the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education in Mowbray and Bertha Movie House at the Isivivana Centre, Khayalitsha. In Johannesburg we are screening at The Bioscope and in Durban, docLOVE are partnered with the Centre for Civil Society at UKZN. Please visit the docLOVE Facebook page for more details:

About the Documentary Filmmakers’ Association

The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA) was established to nurture and develop the interests of documentary filmmakers in South Africa. Documentaries tell stories of ordinary and extraordinary people and communities – they celebrate, question, investigate and reflect.  The DFA aims to unify documentary filmmakers and gain recognition for the genre and is the only association in South Africa with the sole purpose of assisting, protecting and promoting documentary filmmakers.


This year’s European Film Festival goes virtual with an excellent line-up of twelve brand new films, all of which are premiere screenings in South Africa. Of these eleven films are screened free of charge and one will collect a fee towards a worthy cause.  

Emphasising her support for the festival’s continuity despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, EU Ambassador to South Africa, Dr Riina Kionka, said: “Twelve films in eleven days shows the determination of this European partnership to overcome difficult circumstances. Since my arrival in South Africa this is my second European Film Festival:  I can tell you that it is a cultural highlight not to be missed. In addition, I invite you to participate in the various special events lined up during the Festival!”  

Wednesday, October 14, 2020



The Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission is taking applications for the Film Bursaries. 

The completed application form must be submitted on or before 20 October 2020

For your application to be processed, please ensure that you complete all sections of the application form and attach all supporting documents. 

Download the application form HERE

Only applications for Film (UNDERGRADUATE) and Animation (UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE) Related Studies at KwaZulu-Natal Tertiary Institutions will be considered


The Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR) has a second opening for the Relief Fund Options for Sport, Recreation, Cultural and Creatives Sectors and therefore calls for new applications.

The regulations related to the national state of disaster and the subsequent lockdown which have limited movement and gatherings of people have had a devastating impact on the Sport & Arts Sector due to cancellations, postponement, interruptions of activities, work, events and operations of sport and arts organizations.

Download details

Download application form


Friday, October 9, 2020


The Department of International Relations and Cooperation have issued a guideline for traveling under Level 1.

We would like to draw your attention to section 4 “Business Travel from high risk countries” in particular; applications must be directed to email and supported by:

• a copy of passport and/or temporary residence visa;
• proof of business activities to be undertaken in the Republic;
• proof of travel itinerary; and
• proof of address or accommodation in the Republic.

We strongly suggest that any applications for travel to film be accompanied by a motivation letter that highlights the production’s FDI, jobs created etc

For assistance with visas, contact Rudi Riek at Film Industry Visa Assistance



If you missed the Multichoice Local Content webinar last week, the recording is now available on their website:

(scroll to the bottom of the page).

The slides from the presentation can also be downloaded here:

Should you have any questions, please send them to:



Emerging writers from all over the country are urged to apply to attend the two and a half-day training which will be conducted in various languages in the different provinces. We have limited space per class, so it would be important to apply as soon as possible. Although the classes are sponsored i.e. FREE of charge. We do, however, require applicants to become a member (Candidate or Student) if they are not as yet. Please do not let this prevent you from applying, instead, find out more about our membership.

The Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) in collaboration with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) has developed a basic screenwriting course for emerging screenwriters, which has been translated into all South African official languages. This after the WGSA conducted a Train the Trainer course for 20 professional screenwriters.  Ten of those trainers will be conducting the pilot training sessions across South Africa. The training schedule for October and November 2020 is as follows:

23 to 25 October 2020  

Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal                                 Anil Polton         

King William’s Town, Eastern Cape               Ayanda Mncwabe-Mama and Siphokazi Mtila (Xhosa)    

Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga                                Danile Mohlamme (isiNdebele)

Soweto, Gauteng                                             Siphiwe Mbata (isiZulu)

30 October to 1 November 2020              

Polokwane, Limpopo                                      Fisha Collins and Tshenolo Mabale (Sepedi)      


6 to 8 November 2020  

Taung, North West                                          Phemelo Gregory Phiri (Setswana) 


19 to 21 November 2020             

Mafikeng, North West                                   Tshenolo Mabale (Setswana)    


To be confirmed             

Ladybrand, Free State                                    Mpaki Molapo (Sesotho)             

Sebokeng, Gauteng                                        Ntombozuko “Twiggy” Matiwana (isiXhosa)        


More information on venues and exact times will be shared in due course.

PLEASE NOTE: Western Cape’s date, trainer, language of instruction, and date still to be confirmed.


Thursday, October 8, 2020



The vision of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) is to position KwaZulu-Natal as a globally competitive, diverse and sustainable industry and choice film destination. The Film Fund is designed to stimulate the economy in the film and TV Industry, and supporting industries. With the KZN industry being a distant third to Gauteng and Western Cape in terms of market size, it is important to grow the industry from within while attracting lucrative productions from outside the province.

In response to the national pandemic in the country and the national lockdown from the 26 March 2020, the film industry like many other industries in the country and around the world has been severely affected.  In response the KZNFC has secured a relief fund to stimulate production activity in the province. 

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is announcing a call for proposals for a slate of 3 short films and 3 short documentaries with the theme of Covid 19. The projects are to specifically refer to and be a documenting of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The KZNFC would like to invite eligible production companies to submit proposals for the Covid relief slate funding which will be awarded to two companies, one that will manage the fiction shorts and the other will manage the documentary shorts.  The projects will be administered and must be completed over a period of 5 months.


  • To stimulate local production activity in the province which was impacted on as a result of Covid 19 over the next 6 months.
  • The employment of local crew on the six projects.
  • To provide opportunities for local companies which service the film industry.
  • To generate and produce content that captures the impact of Covid 19 on the province and the country.
  • To set the standard for the safe production of projects under Covid 19, through observing the film protocols.
  • To provide relief to the production industry in the province.
  • The distribution of the content on a wide range of platforms.


The total budget for the development and production of the short film slate is capped at R1, 800 000 and must be disbursed over 5 months. Each short film will be expected to have a budget of R600 000 (which includes the cost of development and production). No further funding will need to be sourced. 

The budget for the development and production of short documentary film slate is capped at R1, 800 000 and must be disbursed over 5 months. Each short documentary film will be expected to have a budget of R600 000 (which includes the cost of development and production). No further funding will need to be sourced.

All projects must have completed productions, be packaged and delivered to the KZN film commission by 15 March 2021.

Monday, October 5, 2020


The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen South Africa face unprecedented challenges. While the full impact of the pandemic becomes more and more apparent, the time is now for documentary filmmakers to respond to these radical changes by playing witness and allowing audiences the opportunity to experience the world through a different lens.

The NFVF in partnership with the SABC and STEPS invite documentary filmmakers to submit proposals for 24-minute documentary films about Covid-19 and the impact the pandemic has had on South Africa.

The proposal for the film should show a creative, character-driven, narrative documentary story.

All story ideas are welcome and the best story ideas with a clear production plan will be considered.

Language: Any language spoken in South Africa.

Submission Requirements

List of required documents

  • Synopsis (half a page)
  • Detailed Outline
  • Treatment
  • Budget and Proposed production schedule
  • CVs of the key creative team (Producer, Director, DOP, editors) with showreel/portfolio of work

All applicants must submit the following compulsory documentation:

  • BBBEE certificate or Signed BBBEE Affidavit with a dated stamp (not older than one year)
  • Valid Tax Clearance Certificate or Tax Clearance Status Pin Document (not older than one year)
  • Recently Certified ID copy (dated certification stamp not older than six months)
  • Company Registration Documents  


  • Opening date for submissions:  30 September 2020
  • Closing date for submissions: 26 October 2020
  • Development should begin in December 2020
  • Delivery at the end of May 2021

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


Important notice:

Terms of Arrangement

  • The films will be made for broadcast initially on SABC3 with a duration of 24 minutes.
  • Distribution rights will be required, including online and secondary broadcast rights.
  • A budget will be provided for development, production, post-production and delivery of one stand-alone film. The budget should be cost-effective and adhere to industry norms for crew capacity and remuneration.


Productions will be required to follow industry protocols for health and safety on set, as per the guidelines outlined in the SASFED/ IPO Protocol for Film and TV Under Covid-19. Producers should ask themselves:-

  1. Should I be filming at all?

This hinges on whether there is sufficient public interest to justify filming. Risk analysis should consider risk to the film team and those potentially affected such as protagonists, vulnerable communities, families of the film team.

  1. What are the consequences of going ahead?

There is a need to think through the practical implications. What are the alternatives to physical travel to the filming location (high risk), remote filming (medium risk), the content generated by the subject (low risk), or not filming at all (no risk)?

  1. What is the safest way to organize the shoot?

Team members should be trained about the importance of taking precautions and how they can protect themselves and those they come into contact with. This can be done in person or remotely. Ensure everyone involved is happy to continue filming and check on that daily.

Details of the SASFED/ IPO Protocols can be found HERE.

Please note that failure to submit the above-mentioned key and compulsory documentation will render the application incomplete and therefore disqualified.

No late applications will be accepted.

Application queries may be directed to 


The Minister of Sport , Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa hereby invites members of the general public to observe the interview process of candidates nominated to serve as Council members of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in terms of the National Film and Video Foundation Act, 1997 (Act No. 73 of 1997).

Section 6 (2) (c) of the NFVF Act, Act No.73 of 1997 stipulates that, an independent panel appointed by the Minister shall compile a shortlist of no more than 22 names from public nominations after interviewing a nominee in public.

The Interviews will be taking place from 06 October to 09 October 2020 VIRTUALLY on Microsoft Teams Platform with details to be published to interested observers.

Anyone who wishes to observe the interview process may submit the following:

  • Send an email with full name and surname with contact details of the observer
  • Certified copy of the observer’s Identity Document

Email address to be used: