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The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) of South Africa and the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) Sign Agreement during DIFF 2016

22 Jun 2016
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Namibia Film Commission (NFC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding – MOU during the Durban Film Festival. The signing ceremony was held at Suite 5, Elangeni Hotel on the 21st June 2016 at 14:00 and is signed by Ms. Zama Mkosi, Chief Executive Officer of the National Film and Video Foundation and Obed Emvula, Chairperson of the board of the Namibia Film Commission, with the participation of officials and producers from both countries.

The aim of this Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) is to create a framework for developing cooperative relations between The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an Agency of the Department of Arts and Culture of South Africa, and the Namibia Film Commission (NFC), which supports, encourages and promotes film production as well as the development of the film industry in Namibia.

Actions undertaken within this framework are intended to benefit each organization and their respective members, generating opportunities for connecting audiovisual content producers in South Africa with film commissions in Namibia and locations for audiovisual content production, as well as generating new economic activity in their respective countries. Zama

“Our mandate as the NFVF is to form solid partnerships. Not just in South Africa, but across the African continent.”- Zama Mkosi, National Film and Video Foundation CEO.

Specific provisions of the agreement include:

  • Establishing an organizational level relationship between the parties to provide framework to support and strengthen the respective parties operational pillars.
  • To promote co-production of films, television and other audiovisual content by Namibian and South African filmmakers, as well as production service business, and on-location filming in Namibia and South Africa.
  • To maintain a bilateral communication channel designed to share ideas and best practices on domestic and international film production and promotion.
  • To facilitate the visit of producer delegations from the two countries, as well as specific information to producers in regards to filming locations, regulations, incentives and clearance requirements in each jurisdiction of their respective countries.
  • To promote distribution and exhibition of South African and Namibian Films.
  • To facilitate training and skill exchange between film practitioners from the two countries.

“47% of foreign productions coming to Namibia are from South Africa, this shows the growth and the need to form firmer ties between South Africa and Namibia.”- Obed Emvula, Namibian Film Commission Chairperson.