NFVF / Natives at Large Youth Filmmaker Project 2013 /14

The National Film and Video Foundation calls for young filmmakers to apply for an opportunity to be considered for the youth filmmaker project 2013/14

The concept for the Youth Filmmaker Project is a valuable intervention by the National Film and Video Foundation, to provide recent graduates of film school, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make a film in collaboration with mentor producers Ramadan Suleman, Neville Josie and Prof Bheki Peterson. Successful applicants will be guided in the development of their stories into a 12 – 16 minute script over a period of 5 months.

Shortlisted submissions will go through a development process in preparation for the production of the films, which will be shot over a five-week period and 10 of the scripts will be selected to go into production in 2014.

The development process will include 3 x 3 day workshops between the month of July 2014 and January 2015 with facilitators and mentors, working on developing the script with writers. The process encourages writers to direct their films or partner with a first time director/graduate. During the pre-production process, each director will also be provided with the necessary tools to break down scripts for camera as well as detailed strategies for extracting the best performances from the actors.

Natives At Large will produce the films. The mentoring process will continue during production, editing, post production to final delivery of the film.

The successful projects and teams will then be provided with a professional production crew to shoot their film. A post-production supervisor will be appointed to assist them in the editing and final delivery of the film.

Finally, a special premiere of the best completed films will be held at a suitable venue in partnership with all partners.




In order for a filmmaker to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1.  Have graduated from film school no more than two years ago.
  2.  Have studied in one or more disciplines including (but not exclusive to): writing, directing, editing, cinematography or  producing.
  3.  Be a Historically Disadvantaged Individual as defined in the constitution of South Africa.

      4.  Be able to set aside the requisite time over a period of 8 months to complete the programme.



Eligible candidates for the project must:

  • Have a strong written concept for a short (approx. 15 minutes) standalone film with a clearly thought out premise or controlling idea that would allow it to be packaged with the other projects.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the tools of scriptwriting including software, formatting, scheduling and editing.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to work with others in pursuit of the same objective.
  • Understand the value of and is able to work under pressure and tight schedules.

Short-listed submissions will be invited to present their proposal in person.



"Push and Shove"

The series of films that will be produced need to be packaged as a cohesive series, and order to achieve this, we have put forward a theme around which writers can submit their story idea.

In an effort to avoid stereotypical and clichéd themes, we want to explore current themes that resonate with young South Africans, themes that explore the values and expectations of today’s South African society.


Push And Shove speaks to the theme of exclusion and inclusion – what does this mean in relation to your own experience as youth living in a democracy? Many youth have to constantly push and shove to claim a space for themselves, often against great odds and constant threat and danger. Your stories should show us:

  • Who is excluded and why?
  • To what extent is exclusion based on being different to the norm
  • The different forms of exclusion and how youth experience exclusion in their personal, family and public life
  • What are the benefits to inclusion if any
  • What youth do to overcome exclusion in both their personal, family and public life

These are just some of the ideas that can be explored with this theme. We believe there is a multitude of stories that can come out, but the ultimate goal is to make stories that will resonate with audiences today, told from a youth perspective and stories that we can recognize ourselves in.



All applications should be able to provide the following documentation in hard copy triplicate for consideration:

  1. A two pages detailed synopsis for one 15 min film. DO NOT SUBMIT SCRIPTS.

  2. CV and copy of ID document.



6 JUNE 2014 All applications must be submitted electronically to the National Film and Video Offices, by the closing date.

All enquiries must be directed to:








SHORTLIST INTERVIEW: Participants to be notified