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SABC, NFVF hold meeting around SAFTAs

By Faeza
23 February 2016

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) held broad discussions on the issue of transformation within the South African film and television industry. The meeting follows the announcement of nominees for the 10th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) which took place last week Thursday.

“The issue of transformation is very important to the SABC and is in line with our mandate as a public broadcaster. The NFVF is a custodian of the growth and development of the local film and television industry, hence the need to find common ground in the interest of sustaining the partnership. We are therefore pleased that the NFVF is of the same mind on this issue and we are committed to working with them to transform the industry,” said SABC Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Marking the 10 years of the SAFTAs, the two parties agreed that urgent attention is required to transform the industry and ensure that the awards become more inclusive. It is for this reason that the two parties agreed to continue with the partnership for the 10th SAFTAs taking place on the 18th and 20th March 2016. In so continuing, the parties will ensure that productions that feature African languages, women and people with disabilities will be considered and a window period be opened to accommodate them before the awards.

NFVF Chief Executive Officer Ms Zama Mkosi said, “We are constantly refining the process of the SAFTAs, guidelines for submissions and the judging process and there is an overwhelming commitment by the NFVF to broaden participation of previously disadvantaged individuals and groupings in the complete value chain of the film and television industry. There is a conscious effort to create greater access and level the playing fields in a sustainable manner. This can only be done through meaningful dialogue and committed partnerships amongst all stakeholders.”

The SABC has already begun its contribution to transforming the production industry by allocating R600-million towards local content, with its Request for Proposal (RFP) Book, released in 2014. One of the aims for the RFP Book is to cater for productions that are owned by women, youth and people living with disabilities. The RFP Book has also catered for marginalized languages.

The NFVF continues to make funding available for Production and Development, and Marketing and Distribution through its various Programmes. In the last three years, the NFVF has directly invested over R200 million into the sector.

The parties also agreed to appoint the CEO of NFVF Ms. Zama Nkosi and the SABC’s Group Executive for Television Ms. Verona Duwarkah to make sure that the agreement reached is implemented before the upcoming SAFTAs.