August 23, 2021

NFVF is inviting all filmmakers to submit proposals for short documentary and narrative films

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in collaboration with the Department of Sports Arts and Culture (DSAC), is inviting all filmmakers to submit proposals for short documentary and fiction films that highlight past and present contributions by individuals to a non-discriminatory, non-racial, non-sexist, non-violent, democratic, and prosperous society as envisioned by the United Nations.

The NFVF is happy to announce that a call for proposals for 24-minute short films is now open.They are looking for documentary and fictional films that will cast a light on an unsung hero from your community, whether dead or alive, and will be packaged under the anthology: Not All Heroes Wear Capes. This short film will be a personal story showing their accomplishments from the perspectives of liberation, heritage, and culture. Because of the national importance of the matter, the NFVF aims to support ten films in total. They plan to select one film from each of the nine provinces or underserved regions. Each winning project, whether fiction or non-fiction, will receive a total of R470 000.00.


Theme: Not all heroes wear capes

Citizens from all walks of life work together (and creatively) to build nations. To highlight, celebrate, and popularize the contribution, impact, and achievements of past and present-day heroes and heroines of South Africa, the call for authentic stories reflecting on the legacy of those individuals within communities who touched, transformed or brought about a great difference within their locale or on a national scale.


Terms of reference

  • 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 


Selection Criteria for Projects Proposal

 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.




In order to be considered for this opportunity, a production company must meet the following criteria:

The producer(s) must be a South African citizen or a South African permanent resident. Producers must apply as part of a production company rather than as individuals. A production business should be able to demonstrate knowledge of film packaging and marketing.


Who does not qualify?


This grant is not open to previous NFVF slate beneficiaries, including animation slates, fiction slates, documentary slates, youth and female filmmaker projects.

Individuals and/or production companies with four current NFVF-funded projects spanning the value chain, including development, production, post-production, marketing and distribution, training, and festival financing support.

Production businesses that are currently working on NFVF-funded projects.

Compulsory Requirements:

All applicants must submit the following compulsory documentation:

  • BBBEE certificate.
  • Valid Tax Clearance Certificate or Tax Clearance Status Pin Document (not older than one year) *
  • Recently Certified ID copy (dated certification stamp not older than six months) *
  •  Company registration document


Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link:

The opening date for applications is the 18th of August 2021, the closing date is the 13th of  September 2021 at 5 PM.

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