Starting today, members of South Africa’s creative community will be able to apply for the COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund that has been set up with a R 8, 3 million donation by Netflix in collaboration with the South Africa Screen Federation (SASFED) and supported by the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO). The fund application window will remain open for two weeks (applications will close on Sunday, 16 August 2020).
The fund, that will be administered by Tshikululu Social Investment, aims at providing emergency relief to below-the-line workers who work in the film and television industry. This would include skilled workers from Assistant Directors to Camera, Lighting, Grips, Sound and Art Departments, all the way through to artisans such as electricians, carpenters, drivers and many other freelancers like hair and make-up artists, costume designers and others who are paid hourly/daily wages and/or work on a project-to-project basis (see a full list on the Tshikululu website). These workers will be eligible to apply for the R15 000 one-time benefit. The full eligibility criteria for the fund is available on tshikululu.org.za/case-study/netflix-covid-19-film-and-television-relief-fund/.
Application forms are available to be completed and submitted on the website with supporting documents. Alternatively, applicants can download the application form and send it via mail to: Private Bag X125, Braamfontein, 2017. Applicants can also courier the documents to: 8 Hillside Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193.
Tshikululu will screen all applications while a selection committee composed of industry role players will evaluate applicants and determine the recipients. Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications.
For more information about the fund, application process and eligibility criteria, please visit tshikululu.org.za/case-study/netflix-covid-19-film-and-television-relief-fund/.