Call for Emerging Black Filmmakers to submit proposals

Call for Emerging Black Filmmakers to submit proposals

For Immediate Release

14 December 2015

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 the majority 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 the majority of the film rights; and
    • And a young black producer must be mentored.

Information to be provided with the application must include:

  1. Script  – ( second Draft)
  2. page Concept  document outlining
    • Genre
    • Target market
    • Log line
    • Synopsis
    • Directors Treatment
  3. CV (production team)
    • Producer
    • Director
    • Writer
    • DOP
  4. Summary budget (Amounts to be spent at pre-production, production and post-production)
  5. Declaration that the applicant owns the rights as per criteria above
  6. Declaration that the application complies with the dti criteria for the Emerging Black Filmmakers’ incentive.
  7. Tax clearance certificate
  8. Production schedule
  9. Cashflow schedule
  10. Project information
    • location of principal photography
    • Jobs created- In the same format/details provided for the dti application;
    • Skills development and skills transfer plan
  11. Details of the post production company and their experience
  12. Production company- experience and previous productions involved in
  13. Chain of title documentation including script, music etc.
  14. Interested parties are invited to send their applications VIA EMAIL to


    • 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 on the 8th January 2016.

    Kindly email all queries to

    Media Contact Person

    Naomi Mokhele                                               

    Manager: Communications                                            

    Tel: +27 11 483 0880                                                      Email: 

    Mandla Mpangase

    IDC Public Relations Manager

    Tel:  (011) 269 3282


    About the EBFTF:

    The Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund (EBFTF) is aimed at developing and supporting local emerging black directors and producers by providing financial and other support. The IDC and NFVF expect that the Fund will create a sustainable South African film industry. It is a tailor made solution given the challenges that black filmmakers face. It will strengthen the local film production industry, ensuring that filmmakers and producers create compelling content for South African consumption. Funding will be limited to six qualifying and viable feature films per annum over three years.

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