The South African Screen Federation (SASFED) is the national federation of independent film, television and audiovisual content industry organisations in South Africa (Registered Non-Profit Organisation  NPO 052-633 and a 
Public Benefit Organisation – PBO 930047674). 

Founded in 2006 in response to Government’s call for the independent production sector to speak with a united voice, SASFED represents a broad spectrum of industry players, via affiliates representing several thousand individual members and hundreds of member companies employing up to a hundred staff.

SASFED has signed a Terms of Engagement with the NFVF, which binds parties to quarterly stakeholder meetings to engage on industry strategy, policy and interventions.

As of 2012, SASFED has active representation on the premier South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) Board, where it holds two permanent seats.

SASFED is also the Working Group and Coordination Committee member of SOS: The Supporting Public Broadcasting Coalition, an advocacy group driving industry oversight and dialogue on critical policy, legislation, regulatory and management matters pertaining to the local broadcast sector, and in particular, the public broadcaster - the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Its current membership of nine independent film and television production industry organisations, associations and guilds, are in ultimate control of SASFED via their allocated Council Member, who make up what is known as the SASFED Council.   The Council also meets regularly to discuss industry issues between the organisations.

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer are elected annually from the Council in terms of the SASFED Constitution, which guides that individuals may not join SASFED directly, but only via bona fide industry bodies.

SASFED is opposed to all forms of discrimination and oppression and stands for a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. In particular, the federation believes that for the film and television industry to thoroughly fulfil its economic, social and cultural potential in society, it has to overcome the racial inequalities created under apartheid.

To this end, SASFED encourages all members to adopt policies and implement programmes ensuring deliberate access by historically disadvantaged Black South Africans at all levels of their organisations and industry sectors.

Full SASFED member organisations currently include: Animation South Africa (ASA), The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA), The Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC), The Independent Colourists Guild SA (ICG SA), The Independent Producers’ Organisation (IPO), The Personal Managers' Association (PMA), South African Guild of Actors (SAGA), South African Guild of Editors (SAGE), Sisters Working In Film And Television (SWIFT) and Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA).

SASFED therefore proudly represents the collective core of South Africa’s creative sector, for the independent film and television industries.

SASFED's Constitution as Revised August 2014 can be downloaded here.

Working Group and Coordination Committee member of SOS: Supporting Public Broadcasting Coalition.
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SASFED has formal Terms of engagement with the:

As the official voice of the South African Independent Film and Television Production Sector, NFVF is required by it's founding act to engage with SASFED in terms of the TOE on at least a quarterly basis. A media release on the SASFED / NFVF Terms of Engagement (TOE) signed on the 9th of February 2011, together with a link to the TOE itself can be found here. The TOE has subsequently been renewed till the end of 2016.

SASFED 2016 Membership Application Form in Word or PDF.

Non Profit Organisation - NPO 052-633

Our NPO Certificate can be downloaded here.

Tel No: +27 87 238 4512

Fax No: +27 86 626-1744

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The “SOS: Support Public Broadcasting” Coalition (SOS Coalition) is a membership-based coalition representing trade union federations, NGOs, CBOs, community media, independent film and TV production sector organisations, academics, freedom of expression activists and concerned individuals.

The vision of the SOS Coalition is to create a public broadcasting system dedicated to the broadcasting of quality, diverse, citizen-orientated public programming committed to deepening South Africa’s Constitution.

The Coalition’s purpose is to lobby for the strengthening of public and community broadcasting in the public interest broadly, with the aim of ensuring excellent programming for South African audiences, particularly on the SABC.

The Coalition does this through:
  • Lobbying for citizen friendly policy, regulatory and legislative changes in relation to public and community broadcasting
  • Lobbying for appropriate public accountability and transparency from all institutions governing public and community broadcasting including: Parliament, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the Department and Ministry of Communications (DoC), the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and the SABC and community broadcasters.
  • Lobbying for quality public programming on the SABC and all community broadcasters.
Our vision for public broadcasting can be found in our vision document entitled Ensuring Innovative Citizen-Oriented Public Broadcasting in South Africa and we encourage anyone who believes in our vision and principles to sign onto them here.

If you would like to contact the SOS Coalition: 
·         Visit our website: www.soscoalition.org.za
·         E-mail: info@soscoalition.org.za
·         Call: 011 788 1278