NFVF National Bursaries

NFVF National Bursaries

The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) is a statutory body mandated to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the SA film and video industry. The NFVF’s bursary programme is aimed at stimulating and developing skills for applicants who want to enter the film & TV industry. The bursaries are awarded to qualifying applicants who are studying or intending to study towards any qualification in the film and television industry at any accredited South African tertiary institution. The bursary is awarded as a non-repayable grant based on merit and/or financial need.

 An applicant must:

  • be a South African citizen.
  • have completed and passed matric
  • have a good academic record.
  • demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  • registered or provisionally registered to study for a full-time undergraduate, postgraduate diploma, or degree in film/TV disciplines at an accredited South African tertiary institution

Compulsory Requirements

  • A complete online application form
  • Letter of acceptance from the institution or a letter of acknowledgment of their application.
  • A one-page letter of motivation
  • Certified ID Copy (Dated within six months of the application)
  • Certified copy of matric certificate or latest academic results (Dated within six months of the application)
  • Commitment letter for a bursary or loan from other sponsors/bank where applicable.
  • A total of breakdown of the total annual academic, fees required from the institution.
  • A certified copy of their Senior Certificate (Dated within six months of the application)
  • If the applicant is a minor and unemployed, he/she must provide the following:
  •  An affidavit stating the known/unknown whereabouts of the absent parent/s
  • Proof of social grant, if applicable.
  • Parents/guardian/partner’s proof of income (i.e., latest payslip, bank statement with a bank stamp or IRP   form).
  • A certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased parent/s (dated within six If the months of application).
  • If the applicant is not a minor (i.e., older than 21 years old), the applicant must provide proof of financial need (i.e., latest payslip, bank statement with a bank stamp or IRP form).

NB! All certified documents must be valid for 6 months from date of submission.

 Selection Criteria:

  • Financial need applicants meet this requirement if the combined gross income of parents/ guardian/s (if applicant is a minor) or the applicant is less than R600 000 per annum.
  • Academic performance – the applicant’s academic performance is rate based on their current or latest results/qualification whichever one applies. For students who already studying, an aggregate of 50% plus the satisfaction of a minimum pass rate to proceed to the next year if study must be fulfilled. (For matric learners, whose results are not available, assessment will be based on their Grade 11 results or matric June results, but approval will also depend on acceptance at the institution).
  • Motivation – a detailed motivation must be provided stating why the applicant wants to study and work in the film industry:
  • Course selection – is the applicant intending to study at a public or private institution and is the alignment between the chosen degree/diploma with career aspirations of the applicant contained in the motivation.
  • Demographics – Transformation objectives are considered for an applicant’s gender, race, disability, and home province.


Any performance arts and acting courses

NB! Preference will be given to students enrolled in South African public tertiary institutions. Complete an online national bursary application form available on our website: or

Applications will not be considered if:

  • the application form is incomplete or wrong information is provided.
  • supporting documents are missing or not certified.
  • If it is for outstanding tertiary fees (owed tertiary fees)
  • Applications sent via fax or email will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 31 August 2022 at 23h59.

For any queries on the application process and qualifying criteria, please send to