Joint Fund by NFVF And Netflix for Micro-Budget Films

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

The funding for the films will alleviate the pressure filmmakers face to raise additional funding and boost recovery of the creative industry from the pandemic, whilst ensuring job creation. All 6 films created from this fund will premiere on Netflix first.

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The submission portal will go live on the 1st of April 2021. We encourage all filmmakers in accordance with the eligibility criteria to apply by visiting from the 1st of April 2021. More details will be available at or @nfvfsa on all social media platforms.

Contact Details

Neo Moretlwe

Communications Officer, National Film & Video Foundation

Tel: +27 11 483 0880 ext: 207

Nkululeko Dhlamini

Consultant, Instinctif Partners

Tel: +27 11 050 7524

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