NFVF: Submit Proposals for Docus & Narrative Films shining the spotlight on Unsung Community Heroes

About the Opportunity

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in collaboration with the Department of Sports Arts and Culture (DSAC) would like to invite ALL filmmakers to submit proposals for short documentary and fiction films that highlight stories of contributions both past and present made by individuals to a non-discriminatory, non-racial, non-sexist, non-violent, democratic and prosperous society as envisaged in our constitution.


The NFVF, is pleased to announce that a call to submit proposals for 24-minute short films is now open. The films will be packaged under the anthology: Not All Heroes Wear Capes, we are seeking documentary and fictional films that will shine a light on an unsung hero from your community, whether dead or alive. This short film will be a personal narrative highlighting their contributions from a liberation, heritage or cultural perspective. The NFVF intends to support 10 films in total, due to the national importance of the topic, it is our intent to select a film from each of the 9 provinces or predominantly underserviced regions. A total of R470 000.00 will be awarded to each successful project, whether fiction or non-fiction.


  • The proposals must highlight individuals whose contributions display any one or more of the values of patriotism/ Ubuntu/ creativity and innovation/integrity/ accountability.

  • The focus must be on stories of South African unsung heroes and heroines in different communities. Citizens who played a role – not necessarily well-known figures.

  • We are seeking to approve projects across all provinces.

  • Proposals must have a clear central idea, captivating and compelling story and inspiring real-life characters.

  • The film that is produced out of this initiative will have to meet the NFVF's requirements for content that informs, educates, entertains, and offers unique perspectives of this legacy.

  • If a film is fictional, still find creative ways to incorporate archive – photographs, newspaper clips, videos etc. of the main character.

  • Concepts must be production ready.


Applications must include:

  • Consent form (proving permissions and access to tell the story)

  • 1-2 page motivation

  • 1-page synopsis

  • Visual Treatment

  • Detailed outline for documentary / Full script for fiction

  • Archive Research Plan (if applicable)

  • CVs of key creative team with showreel/portfolio of work

  • Budget

  • Proposed development and production schedule

  • Marketing and distribution strategy and plan.

Submission Deadline:

13 September 2021


For a production company to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

Producer/s must be either a South African citizen or be a permanent resident of South Africa.

The producer/s must apply under a production company and not as individuals.

Production company should demonstrate an understanding of packaging and marketing of films.

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