6 October 2017


The 12th annual SAFTAs call for entries is now open

The call for entries for the much anticipated 12th edition of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) brought to you by Mc Café is now open! The film industry is encouraged to submit their entries on the SAFTAs website, the closing date is 16 October 2017.

The SAFTAs, managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, are an integral part of the growth, skills development and transformation of the industry. The awards are guided by the SAFTAs committee comprising of SABC, DSTV, eTV, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

“It is crucial after each edition of the SAFTAs to introspect and seek possible ways to modify the awards for continuous improvement. Following the SAFTAs 11 post review meetings with the Adhoc and SAFTAs committees, the categories were workshopped and reduced. The objective is create consistency and uniformity that reflects the South African film and television industry.” said NFVF CEO, Ms Zama Mkosi

The total number of awards has been reduced to 80 plus the four discretionary awards, totalling 84 awards.

Key changes:

o Best Sports Show, this award has consistently not received enough entries.


2018 Raw Film Festival: call for entries

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Snapshot Mobile Cinema is inviting young and aspirant filmmakers to submit story ideas for a five to seven-minute film that covers a social topic relevant to the youth of South Africa for the Raw festival in March 2018.

The Raw Film Festival offers a unique opportunity to create a short, socially relevant film under the mentorship of Cape Town s most successful film, commercial and documentary directors and producers.

Snapshot Mobile Cinema is challenging young people to face the socially relevant issues in their community that they re passionate about: We re looking for ideas/stories for short, powerful films that cover the value of education, the power of perseverance, sport as a gateway to success and health, safe sex, gender issues or LGBT, gangs and crime or the damage caused by drugs and alcohol. What subject do you want to explore? What story do you want to tell?

Participants stand a chance of winning the grand prize of a film degree/diploma bursary at CityVarsity worth R200 000 and the six winning films will be shown at city wide screenings, and online.

All six final produced films will be screened by Snapshot Mobile Cinema in Cape Town townships and in the city. Films will also be shown online on the RAW Film Festival portal, as well as the Snapshot Mobile Cinema portal. Films may also be screened in other cities and at other festivals.

Submission information:

Check and make sure you understand all the relevant information regarding the entry process and timelines by downloading the PDF form here. All young and aspiring non-professional filmmakers are eligible to enter.

Entrants must be under 35 years old and have a valid SA ID document or a work/study visa or permit

Entries close on 24 October 2017.

If you live outside of the Cape Town area you may enter the competition but you must be available to be in Cape Town for the scriptwriting workshops, as well as for mentoring and the editing of your film which will take place in Cape Town.

Send your synopsis entry along with your name, age, email address, phone number and street address to entries@rawfilmfestival.co.za.

Employees of Snapshot Mobile Cinema, OFyt, Cool Planet and all other participating production and film companies, their promotional agencies and their immediate families, are not eligible to participate.

Entrants will be notified if they have been selected as a finalist by email and telephone by 6 November 2017.

The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes will be as stipulated in the communication and are not exchangeable for cash.

Find out more on theRAW website.


Call for entries for NFVF Female Filmmaker Project 2017/18: Belonging


The concept for the Female Only Filmmaker Project is to provide ten females, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make a film in collaboration with other women. Successful writer-directors will be guided in the development and production of their stories into 24 minute scripts over a period of 8 months.

The filmmakers will be guided through the process by the team at Zinc Pictures, helmed by Tshego Moletewho will, in collaboration with the National Film and Video Foundation, select 10 filmmakers to go through the process with the aim of nurturing the successful filmmakers to creating a calling card that will help them in their efforts to break into the competitive film industry.


Scripts will be workshopped for camera in preparation for the production of the films over a dedicated development period, followed by practical workshopping with a director and key technical crews, with the aim of the films being completed by May 2018. 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 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.


BECOMING is transformation, change, a break down and growth. It is becoming different from or perhaps more of yourself. It can speak of a moment that changes your life forever, or a slow movement towards more of the same. It speaks of endings and beginnings, revolutions and evolutions, losses and gains, and sometimes, all or one of these through life or death.

We are bringing together a series of short films that explore the notion of BECOMING'. We are interested in stories that explore change, alienation and belonging, growth or degeneration, life and death, in whatever way you choose. These are stories that each reveal something about the contradictions, incompleteness, imperfection, beauty and constant promise of becoming in the lives of, or touched by women in past, present and future South Africa.

The NFVF in association with Zinc Pictures has chosen this as the theme for the films to be produced. The films will be packaged and screened for television audiences, as well as entered into international film festivals.

Applicants are asked to submit scripts pertaining to the theme. At a time in history when change seems to happen in quick and unpredictable ways, when the experiences of women are characterized by tumultuous and sometimes terrific transformations, how do we take charge of our own becoming? How do we balance becoming with belonging? And how do we answer questions of identity when we exist at the intersection of so many forces?


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

Have worked in the industry for at least two years.

Be a historically disadvantaged Individual as defined in the constitution of South Africa.

Be able to set aside the requisite time over a period of 8 months to complete the programme.

NB: This program is aimed at female filmmakers only and only fictional narratives will be accepted.


Eligible candidates for the project must:

Have a strong written concept for a 24-minute stand alone film with a clearly thought out premise or controlling idea that would allow it to be packaged with other projects under the theme of Becoming .

Preference will be given to marginalized indigenous language proposals.

Demonstrate familiarity with the tools of scriptwriting including taking feedback.

Be willing to meet the demands of the film industry and be present at every training and workshop.

Demonstrate a willingness and ability to work as a part of a team in the pursuit of the same objective.

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

Have a portfolio of work to show their capability eg. a showreel or, in the case of writers a script, that demonstrates their creative abilities. Preference will be given to applicants who are willing to work as writer/director on their project.

NB: Writers will be expected to pitch at production stage to assess capability to direct their films. If a writer is not able to show directorial ability, a director may be assigned to their script.


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

Narrative treatment and/or script for 24-minute film including character bible, detailed synopsis, major turning point document.

Cover letter containing the following:

  1. Who you are and why you are passionate about filmmaking
  1. Provide 3 images, one taken by yourself, and provide a short reflection on the imagery (no more than 100 words).

CV and certified copy of ID document (no older than 3 months).

Showreel/portfolio of work

Valid Tax Clearance Certificate

All entries to be sent to project@zincpictures.com

Please make sure that all required documents are attached as any missing documents will lead to automatic disqualification.

CLOSING DATE: 14th October 2017


KZNFC Call for Commissioned Content

The Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission will from time to time and at its discretion publish a call to invite filmmakers to submit projects that follow a specific theme or subject. The projects are to be of high production value and have a clear distribution plan. The call for projects will be designed to address specific needs such as:

The amounts allocated to these projects will be dependent on the magnitude of the project, and availability of funds.

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is proud to announce its first call for proposals for Commissioned content. The call is specific to the following:

The content should portray the subject matter in a credible and authentic manner.

Projects should be submitted in the following manner:

The projects can be in the Concept, Development or Pre-Production phase.

Projects are to be submitted to the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission by 03 November 2017.

Successful projects will be notified by 30 November 2017.

Enquiries to:

Jackie Motsepe – JackieM@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za

Simphiwe Ngcobo – SimphiweN@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za

Tel: +27 31 325 0200