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PRESENTATION TO PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE: ARTS & CULTURE NOVEMBER 2007. MORAL IMPERATIVE. It is a national imperative to create facilities for ordinary South Africans to bear influence in the expression of their own image, thereby deepen democracy and create prosperity.
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It is a national imperative to create facilities for ordinary South Africans to bear influence in the expression of their own image, thereby deepen democracy and create prosperity.
The National Film and Video Foundation strives for this noble ideal.
Sediba Skills development initiative
A good script is the foundation of a great programme or movie and SEDIBA aims to provide the industry with a script development and script editors’ training programme, which emphasises the creative team while acknowledging the writers’ position.
This is to support, nurture and develop South African writing talent.
Sediba Skills development initiative (cont)
During this financial year:
25 Words or Less Genre contest
In anticipation of the signing of the SA/UK co-production treaty, the NFVF in association with the UK Film Council launched the 25 Words or less pitch contest focusing on 3 genres: fish out of water comedy; teen horror; and zero to hero.
Short Film Contests
As part of the NFVF’s strategy to develop and produce specific genre films that reflect and develop a South African aesthetic, including the production of indigenous language product, the NFVF introduced 2 short film contests:
South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTA’s)
The SAFTA’s were set up to recognise, reward and popularise local film and television content and talent. The intention was to give prestige to local content, which in turn would increase its popularity, thereby increasing its demand and growing its audiences.
National Film Festivals
The NFVF supports film festivals at a national level to fulfil the following main objectives:
National Film Festivals Supported
International Film Festivals
Since 2001, the NFVF has embarked on a concerted programme to position the South African industry in the global arena and to carve a unique South African niche in the global film industry.
The NFVF hosts national pavilions at various festivals which provide a business environment for South African filmmakers to have a home and a base away from home to allow them to conduct business in an environment that is as conducive and accommodating as possible.
International Film Festivals attended
National Film School Feasibility Study
The goal of the study is to develop a national education and training strategy for the South African film industry.
The deliverables of the study are:
The NFVF would like to acknowledge and thank the Portfolio Committee for raising the following issues during the Minister’s Budget speech in June 2007: