Call for Emerging Black Filmmakers to submit proposals

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) are inviting emerging black filmmakers to submit proposals for consideration under the Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund (EBFTF).

Launched in 2014, the EBFTF provides financial, marketing and other related support to emerging black filmmakers. The fund has been designed for Black directors who have released fewer than five feature films.

Subsequent to the launch last year, a call was made to South African black filmmakers to apply for this fund. The call was aimed at identifying a pilot film project that would be used to refine the EBFTF process from selection through to contracting and releasing of the film.

The NFVF and the IDC are proud to announce that after vigorous selection and consultation process, Finders Keepers, a film directed by Maynard Kraak, was selected as the pilot project. The film is currently in post-production.

Call for 2015 proposals:

Black directors and producers are requested to submit proposals based on the following criteria:

Budget capped at R5,2 million (excluding marketing and company statutory costs) films directed by emerging black SA directors;
Director and producer must be black South African citizens;
The films must be commercially viable;
The films must demonstrate economic and creative merit;
Films must be at the level of theatrical release;
Scripts must be at second draft;
Cast must be South African;
Compliance with the dti South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive (Refer to dti website for detailed criteria)
Rights (All incl. film, merchandise etc)
Emerging Black producer and black director - Both emerging producer and director must collectively own at least 75% of the film rights.
Where the producer is Black, but not emerging ( >5 feature films) - then the black director must own at least 50% of the film rights;
Where the producer is not Black - then the black director must own at least 75% of the film rights; and
And a young black producer must be mentored.

Information to be provided with the application must include:

Script - ( second Draft)
2 page Concept document outlining
Target market
Log line
Directors Treatment
CV (production team)
Summary budget (Amounts to be spent at pre-production, production and post-production)
Declaration that the applicant owns the rights as per criteria above
Declaration that the application complies with the dti criteria for the Emerging Black Filmmakers' incentive.
Tax clearance certificate
Production schedule
Cashflow schedule
Project information
location of principal photography
Jobs created- In the same format/details provided for the dti application;
Skills development and skills transfer plan
Details of the post production company and their experience
Production company- experience and previous productions involved in
Chain of title documentation including script, music etc.

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Late entries will not be considered.
Projects that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.
Projects that do not have developed scripts will not be considered.
Budgets that are above the fund amount of R5.2 million will not be considered.

Applications will close at 12 mid-night on Wednesday 14th October 2015.

Interested parties are invited to send their applications VIA EMAIL to


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