National Festivals

NFVF funds are given directly to the festivals to allow for independence and the latitude to present a festival that best fits the needs of the community it serves. The NFVF provides funds for the following national festivals.

  • Durban International Film Festival, Durban|July
    DIFF is an annual film festival that takes place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province. It is one of the oldest  and largest film festivals in Southern Africa and presents over 200 screenings celebrating the best in South African, African and international cinema. Most of the screenings are either African or South African premieres. Visit website.
  • KwaMashu African Festival, Durban|October
    The KwaMashu Africa Festival 2012 a showcase of local and international music, film, art and fashion. As one of the anchor events in the 2012 Celebrate Durban heritage season.
  • Encounters SA International Documentary Film Festival, Various Citites|June
    Encounters is the only South African distributor dedicated to distributing documentaries to the South African public. Encounters makes sales of films to television, theatrically and on DVD. Visit website.
  • Tri-Continental Film Festival, Johannesburg, Cape Town & Pretoria|September 
    Since its inception in 2002, the TriContinental Human Rights Film Festival has screened powerful films from South Africa and across the globe, exploring some of the most urgent local and global issues of our time. Visit website.
  • Out In Africa, Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Johannesburg|October  
    The Festival addresses the lack of visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex individuals (LGBTIs) in South African social and cultural life and counters negative images of LGBTIs that prevail in traditional and religious communities. It serves as a platform for discussion and debate about the situation of LGBTIs in a newly founded democracy. Visit website.
  • Cape Winelands Film Festival, Stellenbosch|March 
    The CWFF is a competitive festival that accepts features, documentaries and short films. The festival highlights both emerging and professional filmmakers, and serves as a catalyst for bringing writers and filmmakers together to collaborate on future productions. Visit website.
  • Wild Talk Africa, Durban|July   
    Wild Talk Africa hosts a world-class event, which provides the perfect platform for international filmmakers, commissioning editors, broadcasters and distributors to meet, network and do business. Visit website.
  • 48 Hour Film Project, Various cities|Various dates
    The 48 Hour Film Project is a contest in which teams of filmmakers are assigned a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue, and have 48 hours to create a short film containing those elements. Shortly after the 48 hours of filmmaking, the films from each city are then screened at a theater in that city. Visit website.
  • Polokwane Film Festival|September
    The Polokwane Film Festival (PFF) is aimed at empowering Limpopo’s young, new and established filmmakers with skills and information needed to build a career in film. Their mission is to equip the province’s youth with filmmaking and entrepreneurial skills, to grow the local film industry and encourage youth to tell local stories through film. Visit website.
  • Bojanala Film Week|March
    Bojanala Film Week is an initiative of the Bojanala District Municipality that aims at promoting and establishing film activities to the youth in the North West province. Aspiring filmmakers will be equipped with relevant skills such as producing, script writing, directing and acting. 
  • Mpumalanga Film Week|September
    Mpumalanga Film Week gives the general public an opportunity to learn about film through workshops and interactive sessions on ‘how to enter the film industry’ as well as screening of local films. 
  • Macufe Film Week|October
    Macufe Film Week takes place as part of the larger Macufe African Cultural Festival, an initiative of the Free State provincial government. The film week features workshops on scriptwriting, producing, directing and acting, facilitated by industry professionals as well as screenings of local feature films.
  • Grahamstown National Arts Festival Film Week|July
    The Grahamstown National Arts Festival is one of the most important events on the South African cultural calendar. The film week at the festival give youth interested in the film industry, the opportunity to attend film workshops and screening of local films as well as interactive sessions with established filmmakers.

Call Extension: Call for Documentary Project: “We Choose Each Other” has been extended to Tuesday, 25 January 2022
Call Extension: Marketing and Distribution Cycle 3 FY 2021/22 and Festival Hosting Cycle 1 FY 2022/23 has been extended to Monday, 24th January 2022.
Call for NFVF funding applications to attend Markets and Festivals taking place from February to March 2022