The NFVF is a statutory body mandated by a progressive act of Parliament to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the South African film and video industry. NFVF’s mission is to collaborate with all stakeholders in supporting the development and promotion of a thriving South African film industry. Vision - A viable film industry that represents the nation's aspirations and celebrates our diversity. The new streamlined business objectives: Increase the number of SA films and PDIs producing them, increase audience access to SA films and increase numbers of people trained in the industry, particularly in areas with a shortage of skills. To promote Social Cohesion and promote opportunities to express the nation’s stories through film.
The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission was established to position KwaZulu-Natal as a globally competitive, diverse, and sustainable industry and choice film destination. The unit is responsible for attracting foreign direct investment, as well as developing and promoting local direct investment. This is achieved via the identification, packaging, and marketing of potential investment opportunities, and the identification of potential investors. The unit facilitates investment in South Africa, provides general information on the investment and domestic business climate, and offers dedicated aftercare services to investors. The unit organizes inward/outward trade missions and facilitates funding and Government support for trade- and investment-related activities.
The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is a public entity established in terms of the Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996, as amended. The purpose of the FPB is to regulate the creation, production, possession and distribution of certain publications, games and films by means of classification, the imposition of age restrictions, and giving of consumer advice, and further makes exploitative use of children in pornographic publications, films, or on the internet punishable. The process of regulation of content is conducted based on the classification guidelines that are developed through the public consultation process, therefore reflecting the values and norms of South Africans.
The International Film Festival Rotterdam launched CineMart, the International co-production market in 1983. Every year, this ‘By Invitation’ only market, invites a select number of directors/producers to present their film projects to co-producers, sales agents, distributors, TV stations and other potential financiers. CineMart offers emerging producers a five-day training workshop to build up their international network and experience at an international festival and market called the Rotterdam Lab. The Prins Claus Fund Film Grant and the ARTE France Cinéma Award are granted annually to filmmakers of the best CineMart Project from Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Caribbean and to the producer of the best CineMart project respectively.
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is unique for its international film program, the variety of genres, its politically committed program and the many European and world premieres featured each year. Aside from the festival, IDFA consists of three industry components: the IDFA FORUM for international co-financing, Docs for Sale for finished documentaries, and the IDFA Bertha Fund which supports documentary projects and festivals in developing countries. The presence of many decision-makers, filmmakers, and sizeable audiences along with all the discussions, debates, workshops, masterclasses and the experienced staff, make IDFA the pre-eminent festival for creative documentaries.
The Festival des 3 Continents is an annual film festival that has been held since 1979 and is focused on film that is created and originates from Asia, and Africa, and Latin America. Produire au Sud is a workshop programme within this festival, which focuses on the development of film co-productions, and aims to familiarize young producers who are based in these continents with a variety of important tools and international coproduction techniques by coaching individual projects in development. The partnership between DFM and Produire au Sud who both share a vision to stimulate the development of new work on the African continent, afforded two DFM projects the opportunity to attend the Produire au Sud Script Studio at the Festival des 3 Continents. The residency is organized with the support of the NAC (National Arts Council of South Africa) and L’ Institut Francais, in the framework of the France South Africa Seasons.
Talents Durban is a development programme for emerging African filmmakers presented by the Durban International Film Festival in co-operation with the Berlinale Talents. The programme is one of six Talents International Programmes affiliated with the Berlinale Talents programme and consists of seminars and masterclasses, networking events, and hands-on development programme.
AfriDocs is an African broadcast first – a bold and exciting documentary broadcast strand that sees African and the best international films screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa every week. AfriDocs uses the power of television to reach new audiences, showcase African documentary filmmaking, and get people across the continent discussing common issues. Audiences across Africa have responded to the chance to see real stories that not only address many of the challenges facing the continent, but also stories that celebrate the diverse cultures, languages and peoples of Africa and the world. AfriDocs is an initiative of the multi-awarded South African documentary production and distribution company, Steps, in partnership with the Bertha Foundation. AfriDocs is screened every Thursday night on ED (DStv channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65). The AfriDocs strand is seen in 49 countries by satellite, and terrestrially to an additional 100 cities in 8 countries.
The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund is a grant program providing financial support to African documentary filmmakers for development and production. Development grants of $,3000 - $8,000 and Production grants of $5000 - $40,000 are awarded to approximately four to 10 projects annually. The $1-million fund was created to help enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their own stories and contribute to a new generation of the African documentary community. Applications are open to professional filmmakers who are citizens and residents of continental Africa and are also living and working in the region. In addition to financing, the initiative also offers valuable resources to support production and professional development, and offers filmmakers opportunities to access the international documentary community. Through an accompanying peer-to-peer mentorship program, grantees may team with international production partners to bring their projects to international markets, festivals, broadcast and online audiences. Additionally, grantees will have travel, accommodation and accreditation support to attend Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Filmmakers Lab.