NFVF’s South African film criteria brings value to local films

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The National Film and Video Foundation wrapped the regional consultations on the South African film criteria on Thursday at the NFVF offices in Johannesburg.
The consultations took place in four cities, with the first leg in Cape Town followed by Port Elizabeth, Durban and Johannesburg and was attended by film industry representatives and media.

The process of developing the South African film criteria commenced in January 2010 when desktop research was conducted, with the proposed document published in December of 2010. The research demonstrated that defining a South African film has a number of benefits which includes qualification of films selection into the South Africa Film and Television Awards – feature film category, qualification into the Oscars for Best Foreign Language film, qualification for the selection of South African film into various film festival competitions, certification of official co-productions and certification of national film for distribution and/or export purposes.

In all the regions the industry representatives were taken through presentations which introduced the proposed point system. The point system takes into cognisance key elements that include creative, craft and technical contributions. "During the research we also looked at elements that inform criteria used to determine whether a film constitutes a national film for co-production purposes in other countries," says Mawande Seti NFVF Legal Officer. "Countries that were considered include Australia, the Ireland, Canada, UK and France which already have proven mechanisms used to assess productions for the purpose of accessing various tax and financial incentives designed to support local films," she adds.

The consultations proved to be a success with guests engaging and providing input towards the final document. The NFVF still has to engage with its Council on the input provided by the regions. Thereafter other consultations will be scheduled in culmination of a refined document to be published by the end of 2011.
Download the The South African Film Criteria document here:

SA Film Assessment Criteria
The National Film and Video Foundation invites interested parties to submit written comments on the proposed Definition of a South African Film. The objective of the Definition of a South African Film is to set criteria for the assessment of whether a film is South African. For general queries email NFVF.