Holding Statement

RE: Best Documentary Short

The NFVF is an organisation committed to governance, due process and the highest standards of ethical conduct. We are aware of the current dispute regarding ownership of some of the content submitted for consideration in our “Best Documentary Short” Award category. Until the matter is resolved between the two parties, we have decided to withdraw the awarding of any prizes in that category, as we believe the outcome may have a material impact on the overall determination of the successful nominee.

While the dispute in no way relates to NFVF business or processes, as the agency mandated to ensure equitable growth of South Africa's film and video industry, we undertake to facilitate a dispute resolution process within the ambit of our mandate during the course of next week. We are committed to working with all stakeholders to prioritise a speedy resolution in the interests of both parties.

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