The National Film and Video Foundation invites filmmakers to submit short film scripts to be considered for the 2011 NFVF Short Film Competition. The scripts can be in any genre but have to be in an indigenous language, be written by women, or both.

The deadline is 30 August 2011.

The chosen scripts will be put through a series of workshops to better shape the story. After the workshop four filmmakers will be helped to produce their films.

The winning films will then constitute a calling card for the successful filmmakers to the industry, demonstrating their ability to tell cinematic stories in unique and interesting ways and opening the door for their entry into feature film writing and directing. Eligible filmmakers will be those with documentary, commercial, short film or television drama writing or directing experience. Only South African citizens and permanent residents will be considered.


  • Completion of the application form and supporting documents requested
  • A reel of work indicating experience in documentaries, short films or television
  • A one-page outline
  • A script of no less than 12 pages and no more than 16 pages.
  • Although the dialogue may be in any official language, the action and description must be in English. English translations of the dialogue must be provided using the split page facility in the Final Draft programme.

Click here for the application form.

For more information email Neiloe Whitehead. For media enquires, email Naomi Mokhele.