NFVF Calls for Documentary Slate Proposals

NFVF Calls for Documentary Slate Proposals

NFVF Calls for Documentary Slate Proposals

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is calling for proposals for a Documentary Slate to the value of R4.5m over a period of 3 years. The slate is targeted at Tier 2 Production Companies with an aim of cultivating sustainability and viability.
Tier 2 Production Companies are defined in the NFVF Funding Policy as “Filmmakers with limited experience in the film industry, but who have developed and produced 1-2 feature length films, television fiction and/or, 2-3 documentary short films seeking to venture into feature film or documentary development and production”.
Over the period of 3 years the successful Production Company must develop a minimum of 9 projects of which 3 must be produced into a feature length documentary.

• Year 1: Develop a minimum of six scripted documentaries;
• Year 2: Develop a minimum of three documentaries and produce two feature length documentaries; and
• Year 3: Produce one feature length documentary.

The Slate is valued at R4.5 million over 3 years allocated as follows:

• R1 500 000.00 – for development of a minimum of 9 projects with a 25% cap for overheads; and
• R3 000 000.00 – for production of 3 feature length documentaries at R1 000 000.00 each.

Qualifying applications must be submitted by production companies which meet the following requirements:

• A Tier 2 Production Company as defined which is 100% South African owned and at least 51% black owned and managed;
• BBBEE compliant;
• At least 2 documentary films which have been broadcast on television or exhibited in a film festival;
• At least 3 (three) concepts identified for development, to which the applicant owns at least 51% of the Intellectual Property; and
• A clear training and development strategy in place.


• Past and Present NFVF Slate recipients; and
• Individuals and/or Production Companies that have at least 3 (three) active NFVF funded projects across the value chain i.e. Development, Production, Post Production, Marketing and Distribution and Festival Funding Support.


• BBBEE and Transformation;
• Quality of the proposal (e.g. concept, theme, relevance, target audiences);
• Team’s expertise, capacity and experience;
• Capability to raise additional funding;
• Marketing and Distribution strategy;
• Skills and development plan.


All applicants must submit the following compulsory documentation:
• Applicant must submit a business plan demonstrating the Company’s strategy and plan for growth towards sustainability and viability. The business plan must include but not be limited to the following:

• Business model;
• Budget, Finance and Recoupment plan;
• Marketing and Distribution Strategy and Plan;
• CV of key management and creative team;
• Proposed production schedule; and
• Showreel and/or portfolio of work.

• BBBEE certificate;
• Original valid tax clearance certificate;
• Company registration documents; and
• A minimum of 3 concepts ready to pitch for development.

Failure to submit any one of the compulsory documentation will render the application incomplete and therefore disqualified for consideration.
For more information contact:
CLOSING DATE: 26 September 2016 by 17h00.
Applications may be submitted by email to by the closing date. Please ensure that the subject is titled: 2016 Documentary Slate.