CALL FOR DOCUMENTARY SLATE PROPOSALS

BACKGROUND

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is calling for proposals for a Documentary Slate to the value of R4.5m over a period of 3 years. The slate is targeted at Tier 2 Production Companies with an aim of cultivating sustainability and viability.

Tier 2 Production Companies are defined in the NFVF Funding Policy as “Filmmakers with limited experience in the film industry, but who have developed and produced 1-2 feature length films, television fiction and/or, 2-3 documentary short films seeking to venture into feature film or documentary development and production”.

Over the period of 3 years the successful Production Company must develop a minimum of 9 projects of which 3 must be produced into a feature length documentary.  

  • Year 1: Develop a minimum of six scripted documentaries;
  • Year 2: Develop a minimum of three documentaries and produce two feature length documentaries; and
  • Year 3: Produce one feature length documentary.

BUDGET 
The Slate is valued at R4.5 million over 3 years allocated as follows:

  • R1 500 000.00 - for development of a minimum of 9 projects with a 25% cap for overheads; and
  • R3 000 000.00 - for production of 3 feature length documentaries at R1 000 000.00 each.

WHO QUALIFIES TO APPLY?

 Qualifying applications must be submitted by production companies which meet the following requirements:

  • A Tier 2 Production Company as defined which is 100%  South African owned and at least 51% black owned and managed;
  • BBBEE compliant;
  • At least 2 documentary films which have been broadcast on television or exhibited in a film festival;
  • At least 3 (three) concepts identified for development, to which the applicant owns at least 51% of the Intellectual Property; and
  • A clear training and development strategy in place.

WHO DOES NOT QUALIFY?

  • Past and Present NFVF Slate recipients; and
  • Individuals and/or Production Companies that have at least 3 (three) active NFVF funded projects across the value chain i.e. Development, Production, Post Production, Marketing and Distribution and Festival Funding Support.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

  • BBBEE and Transformation;
  • Quality of the proposal (e.g. concept, theme, relevance, target audiences);
  • Team’s expertise, capacity and experience;
  • Capability to raise additional funding;
  • Marketing and Distribution strategy;
  • Skills and development plan.

COMPULSORY APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

All applicants must submit the following compulsory documentation:

  • Applicant must submit a business plan demonstrating the Company’s strategy and plan for growth towards sustainability and viability. The business plan must include but not be limited to the following:
    • Business model;
    • Budget, Finance and Recoupment plan;
    • Marketing and Distribution Strategy and Plan;
    • CV of key management and creative team; 
    • Proposed production schedule; and
    • Showreel and/or portfolio of work.
  • BBBEE certificate;
  • Original valid tax clearance certificate;
  • Company registration documents; and
  • A minimum of 3 concepts ready to pitch for development.

Failure to submit any one of the compulsory documentation will render the application incomplete and therefore disqualified for consideration.

For more information contact: production@nfvf.co.za

The call closed on the 26th September 2016 and has been extended to the 18th of October 2016. 

Applications may be submitted by email to production@nfvf.co.za by the closing date. Please ensure that the subject is titled: 2016 Documentary Slate.

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