South Africa: Call for proposals for NFVF First Time Filmmaker Project

05 September 2012: The National Film and Video Foundation invites all eligible first time filmmakers to respond to the Call for Proposals for the production of a low budget film aimed at female filmmakers as part of the Tier 2 development process.


The concept for the First Time Filmmaker Project is to provide recent film school graduates from historically disadvantaged backgrounds with an opportunity to make their first professional film. Successful applicants will be guided in the development of their stories into 24 minute scripts over a period of 5 months.

The ten best scripts will then be work shopped for camera in preparation for the production of the films over a five week period. During this process each director will be provided with the necessary tools to break down scripts for camera as well as detailed strategies for extracting the best performances from the actors.

The successful projects and teams will then be provided with a professional production crew to shoot their film. A post-production supervisor will be appointed to assist them in the editing and final delivery of the film.


Finally, a special premiere of three of the best completed films as chosen by their peers will be held at a suitable venue to be confirmed with the cast, crew and creative personnel as well as NFVF council and staff.


In order for a filmmaker to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

a. Have graduated from an accredited tertiary film programme within the last two years.

b. Have majored in one or more of the following: writing, directing, editing, cinematography or producing.

c. Be a Historically Disadvantaged Individual as defined in the constitution of South Africa.

d. Be under 30 years old.

e. Be able to set aside the requisite time over a period of 9 months to complete the programme




Eligible candidates for the project must:


Have a strong written concept for a half hour stand alone film with a clearly thought out premise or controlling idea that would allow it to be packaged with at least 4 other projects.

Demonstrate familiarity with the tools of scriptwriting including software, formatting, scheduling and editing.

Demonstrate a willingness and ability to work with others in pursuit of the same objective

Understand the value of and is able to work under pressure and tight schedules

Not have made a short film professionally.


All applications should be able to provide the following documentation in hard copy triplicate for consideration:


1. Narrative treatment for a half hour film including character bible, detailed synopsis, major turning point document.

2. CV and copy of ID document.


Closing date: 28 September 2012


All applications must be submitted as hard copies to: Thandeka Zwana by the closing date.


All enquiries may be directed to Thandeka Zwana.

Source: nfvf.co.za


Time to Award the Best in Film & TV. The Kalashas Are Back


The 2012 edition of the Kalasha Film & Television Awards are here. Filmmakers are urged to submit their films and TV shows to be considered for the awards show which seeks to reward excellence in film and TV.

Interested parties will have to download their submission forms from the Kenya Film Commission Website here and fill out an application form for each of the productions they are entering for the awards. The categories films will vie in include:



Best Lead Actor

Best Supporting Actor

Best Lead Actress

Best Supporting Actress

Best Cinematography

Best Sound

Best Original Score

Best Editing

Best Scriptwriter in Original Screenplay

Best Feature

Best Director

Best Documentary

Best Short Film

Best Vernacular Production


Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama

Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama

Best Performance in a Comedy

Best Talk Show

Best TV Documentary

Best TV Comedy

Best TV Entertainment Programme

Special Awards

Best Student Film (University, College, Secondary School)

Best Student Documentary (University, College, Secondary School)

Best Animation Production

Best Diaspora Production

Best Riverwood Production

The deadline for the submission of entries is on the 12th of October, 2012, so you have about a month before the deadline.

Source: www.ghafla.co.ke, 14 September 2012-Adam Wagwau.