Aspiring filmmakers called

2018-01-19 06:00

THE National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is again calling on applications for funding for 2018.

This is the third call for applicants, with the previous two, in 2017.

The applications are divided in three categories and three tiers.


• development for feature films, documentaries, short films and TV formats;

• production of feature films, short films, documentaries, archive, web series and post productions;

• marketing and distribution; and

• festival funding.

Neo Moretlwe of NFVF said anyone who meets all the requirements can apply.

“All applicants should apply according to the tier breakdown - tier 1 is experienced filmmakers who have a proven track record for developing and producing three to five theatrically released feature films.

“If a tier 1 applicant would like to further their studies, they are required to apply for an NFVF bursary. The deadline for applications is February 4, 2018,” she said.

“Tier 2 are filmmakers with limited experience, who have developed and produced theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, short films or commercials, seeking to venture into feature film development and production.

Tier 3 are first-time filmmakers having a “calling card” in the film industry.”

“New entrants in the industry, recent film school graduates from historically disadvantaged backgrounds are also regarded as tier 3 applicants.”

Moretlwe said funding allocation differs per category and tiers respectively.

She emphasised that tier 3 applicants who want to further their studies can apply for the NFVF Bursary Programme and need to have been accepted at a tertiary institution.

As part of the bursary requirements applicants should submit an acceptance letter and a motivational letter stating why they need financial assistance. For example, both parents’ gross income is below R600 000.

“They also need to attach an academic record and make a choice of their desired course and a list of the course demographics.

“The bursary programme creates opportunities for South African youths to gain the skills needed in the audio-visual industry,” said Moretlwe.

For more information visit www.nfvf. or contact NFVF on 011 483 0880 or 011 483 0207.


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