An invitation has been made for submissions from bidders to set up and run digital screen facilities in underserviced areas of the country. Companies are encouraged to submit bids for digital screen facilities in underserviced areas, says the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

Invitation to bid

Companies are invited to submit bids to establish digital screen facilities in underserviced areas, says the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

Its request for proposal calls for bidders who shall own and operate private facilities that can be transformed into state-of-the-art digital cinema/theatre type exhibition facilities, with the main aim of showing locally produced films, but while also providing a multipurpose centre environment for staging other types of art forms, functions and other community activities and events.

The NFVF says its intention is to give an opportunity to entrepreneurs and operators in the film sector and beyond a chance to build, own and operate cinemas in townships, rural and underprivileged areas in all nine provinces, thereby empowering them to directly influence the demand and consumption of locally produced content and ultimate growth within the sector through profit making and sustainability.

Prospective bidders must submit a comprehensive business case or plan, with the finance plan included, for the establishment of digital screen facilities in underserviced areas in any of the nine provinces, with the view of accessing funding and technical assistance for the development of the facilities.

You can view and download the full invitation to bid document on the NFVF website. The NFVF is a statutory body set up by the government to grow and develop the South African film and video industry.