Netflix partners with the NFVF to fund local filmmakers

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New fund for filmmakers launched.
New fund for filmmakers launched.
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  • The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has partnered with Netflix to produce six South African feature films.
  • The partnership is valued at R28 million.
  • The films will debut exclusively on the streaming service.
  • Applications open on Thursday, 1 April.

Netflix is joining forces with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in a partnership valued at R28 million to produce six South African feature films. The agreement will see both partners contributing R14 million each in support of the production of local films, which will include exclusive debuts on Netflix.

The NFVF, mandated to ensure the equitable growth of the audio-visual industry in South Africa, is excited to form this partnership, as it looks to create new opportunities for emerging filmmakers in the local film industry after many productions locally and internationally had to be halted/postponed due to Covid-19 global lockdowns.

The partnership will see six local films funded, categorised into two streams:

Stream 1: Four Feature Films by emerging filmmakers capped at R4 000 000

Stream 2: Fictional Feature Films by established filmmakers capped at R6 000 000

The films' funding will alleviate the pressure filmmakers face to raise additional financing and boost the creative industry's recovery from the pandemic whilst ensuring job creation. All six films created from this fund will premiere on Netflix first.

"We are excited as the NFVF to be partnering with Netflix and appreciate their investment into local content. The incorporation of digital platforms into our traditional processes can only benefit the industry further. We hope this is simply the start in what will no doubt be a long and fruitful relationship," comments NFVF CEO, Makhosazana Khanyile.

"The past year has been incredibly difficult with the pandemic hitting so many industries around the world. The creative community that we are a part of has supported us through the good times, so we want to help them continue to create the stories our members love through the $1 million Covid Relief Fund contribution we started last year in collaboration with SASFED and IPO to help below-the-line workers in South Africa's creative industry, and now, we're excited to take this a step further with this joint fund with NFVF for above-the-line talent," says Netflix's Director of Content in Africa, Ben Amadasun.

The submission portal will go live on 1 April. All filmmakers, in accordance with the eligibility criteria, are encouraged to apply by visiting from 1 April. More details will be available at or @nfvfsa on all social media platforms.   

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