Shortlisted filmmakers announced for the NFVF and Netflix Film Fund 


25 August 2021.

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in partnership with Netflix, have shortlisted candidates for their joint film fund valued at R28 Million. The fund provides 100% funding for six micro-budget films, with four budgeted at R4 million and two budgeted at R6 million.


The partnership, announced in March 2021, was followed by a public call for submissions starting on the 1st of April 2021 until the 7th of May 2021 which the industry responded to with a resounding number of 284 applications! After a rigorous evaluation period, we are proud to announce the following filmmakers who have made it to the second phase where they will be invited to pitch their projects to a panel. The pitch-day sessions will be held in September 2021. 


Congratulations to all of the shortlisted candidates!

Project Name

Name of the Applicant 

The Girl From Before (Cellar)

Maynard Kraak

INKABI (The Hitman)

Norman Maake


John Hlongwane

Twice in a Blue Moon

Rani Sitaram

Runs In The Family

Amina Thornton


Andrew Cassells

Thula Thula

Yolanda Mogatusi

Taking Thandi

Sibusiso Ngobeni

Real Estate sisters

Reabetswe Moeti


Hisham Samie

Super Rich Kids

Thulani Gumede


Siyabonga Mbele

Smart Casuals

Ndamu Farisani


Delon Swartz


Thabiso Christopher




About NFVF

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa's film and video industry. The NFVF does this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing, and distribution of films and the training and development of filmmakers. In addition, the NFVF commissions research and produces industry statistics that provide both the public and stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film industry.


About Netflix 

Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 209  million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.


For further information, please contact:


Lerato Mokopanele

Acting Marketing & Communications Manager