Call for Documentary Project: “We’ve always been here”
“I think for a very long time, the ways in which trans people have been represented on screen have suggested that we’re not real, …that we’re mentally ill, that we don’t exist. And yet, here I am. Here we are. And we’ve always been here”- Laverne Fox, American actress and LGBQTIA++ advocate.
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) would like to invite TIER 1 and 2 filmmakers ONLY, to submit proposals for a feature length documentary film that creates celebratory transgender representation.
The call seeks to award funding to the value of R1 000,000 (1 Million Rand Only) for the production of one feature length documentary in keeping with the theme of “We’ve always been here”.
Since 2009, the 31st March has been named as the International Transgender Day of Visibility. In marking the importance of this day, Liberty Matthyse, a South African Transgender Activist states:
“...it comes as a consequence of the erasure and the invisibilisation that we’ve suffered and were subjected to historically where we’ve been completely erased from the history of this world. And so it’s important to position our narratives to say that we are here, we’ve always been here and it’s important to tell the diverse narratives within the community because there’s not only one way of being trans or gender diverse”.
In response to the goals of the International Transgender Day of Visibility, The National Film and Video Foundation is seeking to approve a project that makes visible and celebrates the experiences of the transgender community, under the theme “We’ve always been here”.
Terms of Reference:
The proposals must demonstrate promotion of visibility, celebration, and resilience.
Proposals must have a clear central idea, captivating and compelling story, inspiring character/s, and bold visual style.
The film that is produced out of this initiative will have to meet the NFVF's requirements for content that informs, educates, entertains, and offers unique, diverse perspectives.
Trans lead and/or gender diverse teams will be given preference.
Concepts must be production ready.
Selection Criteria for Projects Proposal
Applications must include:
Please note, preference will be given to projects that have members of the queer community as key crew members, i.e., producer, director, writer.
In order for a production company to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
Who does not qualify?
All applicants must submit the following compulsory documentation:
Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link: https://nfvf.praxisgms.co.za/
Failure to submit the above-mentioned compulsory documentations will render the application incomplete and therefore disqualified.
The Closing date for applications is 17 January 2022 at 5PM. Any queries maybe directed to Nadinec@nfvf.co.za.
Please note that failure to submit the above-mentioned key and compulsory documentation will render the application incomplete and therefore disqualified.
No late applications will be accepted.
About the NFVF:
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, was mandated to ensure the equitable growth of the South African film and video industry. The NFVF does this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and also 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.[Back]