South Africa: Call For nominations for marketing and distribution Advisory panels

The NFVF Council hereby establishes the Advisory Panels in accordance with the National Film and Video Foundation Act. (No. 73 of 1997)


Advisory Panel members must fulfill the statutory role to advise the Council on the merits of applications for funding and on any matter relating to the field of the film / television or electronic media sector to which he/she is appointed to. Criteria for nominations for NFVF Advisory Panel members

Persons selected must be competent, suitably qualified and persons interested in the South African Film, Television, Audio-Visual or electronic media. Must be prepared to serve as members of the Advisory Panels for a period of three years. Advisory Panel members will be expected to assist the Council and the Foundation in the following development areas: (I)(I)    grant-making for marketing and distribution of film, TV, audiovisual products (II)(II)    grant making for the local festivals and markets for the film, TV and content industry. 


Members must have an understanding of the film, television and electronic media sector
OR have special knowledge and experience in the fields of television and filmmaking
OR have special knowledge in grant-making processes
OR have proven film / television / audio-visual production skills
OR have knowledge of broadcast technology

Selection or appointment of Advisory Panels:

Members can be nominated by any member of the public.
Nominators are required to submit a detailed motivation for the nominee, curriculum vitae and a letter of acceptance from the nominated candidate.
All queries can be addressed to the NFVF: Please send submissions to by Monday 3rd December 2012 by 12h00.
Source: NFVF

South Africa film industry boom draws Charlize Theron home

Actress Charlize Theron arrives at the MTV Movie Awards at Universal Studios, in Los Angeles, California, in June 2012. South Africa's fast-growing film industry has hit a milestone with its largest commercial production to date, starring homegrown Hollywood actress Charlize Theron, the trade minister said. AFP - South Africa's fast-growing film industry has hit a milestone with its largest commercial production to date, starring homegrown Hollywood actress Charlize Theron, the trade minister said Friday.

South African-born, Oscar-winning actress Theron is currently shooting a fourth "Mad Max" film, "Fury Road", in Cape Town -- which has also hosted the likes of fellow Academy Award winners Hilary Swank and Denzel Washington.

"This film is significant because it is the largest commercial film that has been produced in South Africa," said Minister Rob Davies at the Cape Town Film Studios, which opened two years ago.

"It's a major Hollywood production. Its presence here is going to be creating 800 jobs in South Africa for the duration of that particular film. So I think this marks a milestone in an evolving programme of support for the film industry."

South Africa's film industry has more than trebled its contribution to the economy to eight billion rand between 2008 and 2012, up from 2.4 billion rand over the previous four years.

The country offers incentives to draw films and hosted 49 productions between 2004 and 2008, of which 52 percent were foreign. Since 2008, it has approved 271 productions.

The incentives include rebates on local spending, such as 20 percent for investments by foreign films -- which Davies said had made the country a competitive destination. He said more than 30,000 jobs had been created.

"South Africa is now very, very well-positioned, and that is beginning to have an impact in terms of the films that are produced here and the jobs that those films create in South Africa. So this is a significant growth sector," said Davies.