NFVF/Netflix Call | Micro Budget Films Project


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, is proud to announce its latest partnership. Netflix, the world’s leading streaming service with 204 million subscribers globally is joining forces with the NFVF in a partnership valued at R28 million to produce six South African feature films. The agreement will see both partners contributing R14 million each in support of the production of local films, which will include exclusive debuts on Netflix.

The NFVF, mandated to ensure the equitable growth of the audio-visual industry in South Africa, is excited to form this partnership, as it looks to create new opportunities for emerging filmmakers in the local film industry after many productions locally and internationally had to be halted/postponed due Covid-19 global lockdowns. The partnership will see 6 local films funded, categorised into 2 streams: 4 feature films with a budget of R4 million each and two feature films with a budget of R6 million each.

Stream 1: Four Feature Films by emerging filmmakers capped at R4 000 000

Stream 2: Fictional Feature Films by established filmmakers capped at R6 000 000

Emerging Filmmakers who are:

  • a South African Citizen;
  • a Permanent Resident;
  • a Refugee; or
  • a South African Company.

To apply, you will need to ensure you visit to submit the required documentation.

  • Brief project summary (maximum 5 pages) that includes Synopsis, Logline, Genre, Target market
  • Fiction: Full Script (at final draft).
  • CVs of the key creative: Producer, Director, Writer, DOP, Editor, Researcher, and Leading Cast.
  • Letters of consent for a documentary application
  • Letter of intent from director
  • Producer’s notes.
  • Director’s Treatment (maximum 20 pages).
  • Detailed budget (Amounts to be spent at pre-production, production, and post-production) and Cash Flow.
  • Production schedule
  • A document explaining the stage at which the project has reached as of the date of this application and identify its needs in terms of production (max 600 words).

Who at the NFVF can you contact for assistance and further information?

Applications are only accepted online. Potential applicants who are unable to access the online system for any reason are welcome to contact the NFVF directly for guidance or assistance with their applications before the closing date.
Netflix will not be taking any queries.

For all content queries please contact Refiloe Hlabioa or Nadine Cloete

For all application queries, please contact Thandekile Hlatshwayo and Manti Sekwakwa

Closing date: 7 May 2021

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