NFVF Festivals and Markets Support

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is pleased to announce that the call for Festivals and Markets Attendance is now open for festivals taking place from mid-May to July 2021.  The grant is to provide financial support for South African filmmakers/practitioners to attend local and international film festivals, forums to promote their film and television products, share their expertise with peers; and to promote the South African film industry.

Some of the festivals taking place during this period include (but not limited to):

Cheltenham International Film Festival, UK – May 25-June 5

Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Canada – May 27-June 6

Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival, Ukraine – May 29-June 6, hybrid event

Nippon Connection Film Festival, Germany – June 1-6, online

International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands – June 2-6 (50th anniversary celebration)

Malaga Film Festival, Spain – June 4-13

Tribeca Film Festival, US – June 9-20

Annecy International Animation Festival, France – June 14-19

Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK – June 23-July 4

Munich International Film Festival, Germany – June 24-July 3

Brussels International Film Festival, Belgium – June 24-July 4

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece – June 24-July 4, hybrid event

Cannes Film Festival, France – July 6-17

Specific conditions are applicable for each funding category, and it is important for applicants to take careful note of these conditions before applying. Project support is limited to two (2) international and two (2) Local Festival or Market per financial year per Applicant; and one (1) representative per project per Festival or Market. Individual support is limited to one (1) International and one (1) Local Festival or Market per financial year.

Opening date for submissions:  Submission Date: Monday, 12 April 2021

Closing date for submissions:    Submission Date: Monday, 19 April 2021 at 17:00

Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link:  Please take note of the following disclaimers:

  1. Applicants must tier themselves accordingly (please consult the NFVF Tier system on our website);
  2. Carefully read the definitions of the subcategories before selecting the one applicable to you;
  3. Main applicants are advised to apply directly as opposed to a 3rd party to apply on their behalf; as this may create disputes as the process advances;
  4. Only recently certified documents will be accepted. (NOT OLDER THAN 6 MONTHS, WITH A DATED STAMP OF A COMMISSIONSER OF OATHS);
  5. Only valid documents will be allowed (NOT EXPIRED)
  6. Applications that do not meet compliance will be disqualified.

 Tier breakdown:

Tier 1: Experienced filmmakers who have a proven track record for developing and producing 3-5 theatrically released feature films.

Tier 2: Filmmakers with limited experience but who have developed and produced 1-2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, 2-3 short films and/or commercials seeking to venture into feature film development and production.

Tier 3: New entrants into the industry, particularly recent film school graduates from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. This intervention is geared towards first time filmmakers having a “calling card” in the film industry. This tier is only eligible for short film funding.

Please note that no late applications will be accepted.

For any queries regarding applications please contact:

Thandekile Hlatshwayo – Applications Officer

Email: th*********@nf**.za or  011 483 0880