NFVF calls for applications for the Youth Filmaker Project

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced the opening of submissions for the Youth Filmmaker Project – a year-long discovery, training and mentorship program of the brightest film writing and directing talent in the country.

The filmmakers will be guided by the team at Sisanda Henna Leadership and Sisanda Henna Films, facilitators of the NFVF project.

The Youth Filmmaker Project targets previously disadvantaged youths to be guided in developing, writing and/or directing their own 24-minute debut short films which will become their calling-cards in the international industry. Only the best 10 scripts will be produced by the facilitating company.

This project is targeted towards aspirant young filmmakers who have a desire to break into the industry and would like to pursue a career in script-writing or directing. This program will ensure that each participant has a complete script and film that will form part of their portfolio in the future.

The project seeks to nurture, support and promote young writer/directors in South Africa through strategically developed training laboratories, workshops and mentorship.

Scripts will be developed and workshopped over a dedicated period, followed by practical workshopping with a director and key technical crews, with the aim of the first ten films being completed in 2023/24. During this process each writer or director will be provided with the necessary tools to first develop and write their story, to then break down scripts for the camera as well as detailed strategies for extracting the best performances from actors.

The successful projects and teams will be provided with a professional production crew to shoot their film and assist them in the editing and final delivery of the film. Workshop attendance is mandatory as it helps with the development of the film and the participant alike. We are looking for concepts in any genre that can celebrate the theme “Little Africa”. From romance to action, horror, sci-fi and everything in between.


  • Between the ages of 18-35. Must be South African/permanent resident.
  • Have a strong written concept or directing potential.
  • Have not directed a professional film/ professional episode of television fiction. 
  • Be a historically disadvantaged Individual as defined in the constitution of South Africa. Be able to set aside the requisite time over a period of 12 months to complete the programme.
  • Only fictional narratives will be accepted.

Closing date 30 April and all entries and queries to be sent to

Please make sure that all required documents or links are attached as any missing documents will lead to automatic disqualification.

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