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NFVF, SABC call for female filmmakers

South Africa’s National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) has collaborated with Yellowbone Entertainment, the KZN Film Commission (KZNFC) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to launch an initiative called the Female Filmmaker Project.

Makhosazana Khanyile

The organisations have issued an open call for aspiring women filmmakers to participate in the project, which will explore the multiverse theme in the context of modern-day South Africa.

Ten women from underrepresented backgrounds will be selected annually for the next three years to collaborate on film projects. They will have the opportunity to explore parallel realities in imaginative and creative ways.

Under the mentorship of MultiChoice-backed Yellowbone Entertainment, the selected women will be able to enhance their skills, broaden their knowledge and establish important industry connections.

Submitted proposals must include a clear vision for the multiverse theme and a demonstration of technical proficiency.

Makhosazana Khanyile, CEO of the NFVF, said: “The Female Filmmaker Project offers participants mentorship, professional training and access to resources to enhance their skills and knowledge in the film industry.

“We are excited to collaborate with Yellowbone, KZNFC and the SABC on this project, which provides a unique opportunity for underrepresented women filmmakers to network, create impactful films and explore the possibilities of the multiverse theme.”

“Our mission is to create a supportive and empowering environment for women in the film industry and provide them with the resources and exposure they need to succeed,” added Layla Swart, MD of Yellowbone Entertainment.

“We believe that promoting diversity and representation in the film industry is crucial, and we are thrilled to offer this fantastic opportunity for female filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to come together and create meaningful films that explore the possibilities of the multiverse theme in the context of South Africa.”

Entries are open until March 29. Click here for more information about the application process.

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Joint Dutch, South African fund launched

The Netherlands Film Fund and the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) in South Africa have launched a co-development fund to jointly provide script support for film and documentary projects.

Bero Beyer

The Thuthuka fund aims to support projects that are potentially of high cinematographic quality and of interest to cinema audiences in both the Netherlands and South Africa, as well as to international cinema audiences and film festivals.

A total of four projects will be supported each year in the animated feature film and documentary genres. The annual budget of the fund is €160,000 (US$190,000), with each party contributing half.

Bero Beyer, CEO of the Netherlands Film Fund, said: “The word ‘thuthuka’ means growth and development. We are trying to foster creative collaborations between the South African and Netherlands film teams to develop their ideas.”

Makhosazana Khanyile, CEO of the NFVF, added: “We see this as an opportunity to strengthen the treaty relationship but also enable films from the two countries to have an opportunity to reach global audiences.”

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NFVF, TikTok award $60k to creators

The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) of South Africa and social networking service TikTok have selected the 20 creators who will receive a total of ZAR860,000 (US$60,000) under their Rising Voices initiative.

Makhosazana Khanyile

This follows the first edition of the six-week Rising Voices incubator programme, which aimed to help creators upgrade their skills for content creation.

The financial support will be accompanied by mentorship including content advice, conceptualising support and 10 pieces of content curation for their individual TikTok pages.

Makhosazana Khanyile, CEO of NFVF, said: “The NFVF is proud to have been chosen to partner TikTok on this groundbreaking initiative. The opportunity to mold young content creators into future entrepreneurs who will learn to take advantage of all forms of media and monetise their ideas is one we were happy to support. Congratulations to all the young people that were chosen to take part and we look forward to future collaborations.

“They came! They saw! They created, and continue to create amazing voices. We are proud to have supported TikTok and want to say ‘heita hola’ to the amazing Rising Voices Class of 2021! Now is the time to show the world what you are made of. Congratulations to the 20 Rising Voices grant recipients, who will receive a cash grant of about ZAR860,000 in total.”

As part of the Rising Voices initiative, the selected creators will be tasked with creating a series of paid content and will be given a one-on-one mentoring session to analyse their content plan.

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