23 March 2018


Bursary Applications for Film and TV Post Graduates

The NFVF’s bursary programme is aimed at building capacity by upskilling film and TV professionals for global competitiveness through its support of qualifying applicants for overseas studies which are not offered at South African tertiary institutions. However, Live Performance or Acting programmes are excluded.

This bursary will be awarded for the 2018 academic year with a cap of R250 000 inclusive of tuition and living expenses.

Qualifying Criteria:

The applicant must:

Must apply six months before the course commences

Be a South African citizen

Have a good academic record

Demonstrate a need for a financial assistance

Be enrolled at an accredited overseas tertiary institution for a full time post graduate film/TV programme (the course must be commencing in September 2018 and not available in South Africa)

Applications must be accompanied by a detailed motivation as to why the applicant must be awarded a bursary together with all the supporting documents as indicated in the online application form.


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Failure to provide all requested information will lead to an automatic disqualification of the application

No late applications will be considered

Should there be a change of contact details the onus is on the applicant to notify NFVF

For further information, please consult the NFVF Funding Policy available on a link below:


How to apply

Complete an online international bursary application form which is available on the NFVF website: www.nfvf.co.za or https://nfvf.praxisgms.co.za.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2018 at 17h00 CAT.

Failure to submit all the mandatory requirements will result in an automatic disqualification.


Encounters 2018: Feature Documentary Film Producing Workshop Call for Entries

In June 2018, the American Film Showcase (AFS) will host 5-7 teams of emerging documentary producers and their filmmaker partners (10-14 participants total) from African countries (participants must be proficient English-speakers) for a six-day workshop focused on documentary film producing.

Produced in collaboration with U.S. Consulate in Cape Town and the Encounters Documentary Festival (the oldest and leading documentary festival in Africa), participants will travel to Cape Town, South Africa to learn the ins-and-outs of producing a feature length documentary film with the support of American film experts. All costs related to the program will be covered by AFS. The workshop will be led by Roger Ross Williams and Heidi Fleisher. Read the full article here

Source: FilmContact

Sundance looking for SA short films for TV competition

AMC Networks International is launching a 2018 SundanceTV film competition and is now looking for South African short film entries. The winning film will be broadcast on SundanceTV (DStv 108) later this year and will premiere during the Sundance Film Festival in London taking place from the end of May.

South African filmmakers can now enter films for the inaugural 2018 SundanceTV Shorts Competition until 15 April at www.sundancetv.co.za

Shorts must not be longer than 15 minutes and the producer or director of the film must provide proof of South African residency.

Submitted films must be delivered with English subtitles if English isnt the spoken language in the film, and films must meet the official rules and technical requirements.

Aletta Alberts, MultiChoices head of content, will be part of the panel of jurors judging the competition this year, along with SundanceTV and the Sundance Institute.

The SundanceTV Shorts Competition reflects the very essence of the channel, says Geraud Alazard, the senior vice president of marketing at AMC Networks International.

It encapsulates SundanceTV's unique energy and passion, shining a spotlight on independent storytelling and emerging talent. Were incredibly excited to collaborate with Sundance Institute again this year and were enormously grateful for the support of our affiliate partner, MultiChoice.

Mike Plante, the senior programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, says: The SundanceTV Shorts Competition plays an admirable role in highlighting and celebrating the medium of short film and seeking out new film making talent. Its always a real treat to view the surprising and diverse entries.

The Jury Prize for the 2018 SundanceTV Shorts competition will be judged on a number of criteria, including creativity, entertainment value, original storytelling and production values.

The jury, presided by Mike Plante of Sundance Institute, will include Harold Gronenthal from SundanceTV Global, Aletta Alberts, MultiChoices head of content, and Helen Kuun of Indigenous Film.

The winner will receive a trip for two to London and their film will be screened during Sundance Film Festival: London at a SundanceTV event in June. The winner will be announced in May.