NFVF/SWIFT Partnership Announcement

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The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is collaborating with Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) on research that focuses on the Gender roles/matters in the South African Film industry. This partnership is in line with our strategic approach to collaborate with various stakeholders, and our mandate to transform the industry and to conduct research on the state of the film industry. SWIFT’s mission is to protect and advance the cause of women in the South African film and television industry; therefore this partnership will meet the respective missions of both organisations to the benefit of women in film.

Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT)

The study is a follow up on the recent study that was conducted by SWIFT and launched at the 2017 Durban International Film Festival. The study uncovered the prevalence of sexism, sexual harassment and unfair labour practices that women are facing in the South African film industry. The follow up study seeks to provide information and statistics on women participation, their roles in the local film industry, along with a more nuance set of explanations and challenges they face as practitioners.

The study further aims to uncover:

  • Trends and insights into the status of women in the SA film industry
  • How various interventions (e.g. NFVF female filmmaker slate) assisted in addressing gender parity in the industry
  • Challenges faced by female filmmakers
  • The role played by advocacy groups such as Women of the Sun, Women in Film & Television in South Africa, and SWIFT
  • Proposed interventions to fast track female filmmakers’ development

The study will employ different data collection methods, i.e. individual in-depth interviews, focus group discussions to get more detailed and precise information and an online survey instrument will be employed to enable the researchers to profile the female filmmakers in South Africa.

It is envisaged that the study will be completed by November 2017 and will assist other institutions in crafting and implementing programmes that are geared towards empowering women filmmakers.

For more information on the project contact the NFVF’s research team at 011 483 0880, or email Tsietsi Themane at tsietsit@nfvf.co.za or Zilungile Tunzi at zilungilet@nfvf.co.za.

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