NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) Bursary Programmes 2020

NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) Profile
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an establishment that is founded under the Department of Arts and Culture. In South Africa, development doesn’t just equate to science or technology, but also through culture as well. In order to keep up with the times, the NFVF is formed with the purpose of promoting the nation’s film and video industry. The NFVF supports the industry by providing the necessary financial assistance to make this all happen. Whether it’s for production, marketing, development, and even the distribution of films, NFVF has all of it covered. Furthermore, NFVF believes that the only way to have great filmmakers is to support them as well. Which is why NFVF has been continuously providing training programmes for local filmmakers in order to truly develop their potential. Hopefully, this will shed a a lot of spotlight on the South African film industry.

About NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) Bursaries 2020
The NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) is currently providing bursary programmes for underprivileged students who wish to earn a career in the film and television industry. The purpose behind this bursary is to ensure that everyone in the nation, not matter what demographic you come from, has the same equal access in attaining an education in this particular area. This bursary is special, because you may benefit it for not just domestic education, but also education in international tertiary institutions as well. On top of displaying promising academic potential, this bursary is mainly allocated for those who are in need of financial assistance.

NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) Bursary Requirements
National Bursaries
In order to sign up for the NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) Bursary, you must be able to fulfill all of the eligibility criteria that has been determined by the committee beforehand. All of these items below with play a crucial role in whether you will be accepted by the programme or not. Failure to meet all of these qualifications below may result in consequences towards the overall results of your applications. Therefore, to any incoming candidates of this bursary out there, we highly encourage to pay strict attention to the criteria below.

Application Criteria

  • Candidates must be enrolled in a formal tertiary institution
  • Candidates must be able to show proof that they require financial assistance
  • Candidates must be able to display well-rounded academic track records
  • Candidates must be able to provide a letter of motivation (up to one page only) which explains why they deserve to be accepted by the bursary programme.

Internal Process
After you have compiled all of the necessary documents that are needed by the committee, you will then have to have them submitted before the closing date (August 31st.) Once your application dossiers are in the hands of the committee, it will be subject to strict evaluation by both the internal and external panel. After each assessment, shortlisted candidates will be reached out by the committee and will be asked to partake in an interview. This interview will truly determine whether you’re the right fit for the bursary programme and is suitable enough to become Official NFVF Ambassadors.

Important Factors

  • All personal information on your application forms must be accurate
  • Should you have any changes with your contact numbers or residence addresses, please have them reported to the committee immediately – bursaries will not be awarded to candidates who cannot be reached out to
  • Application forms must be completed until the very last inquiry – any incomplete applications will automatically be disregarded by the bursary committee
  • First year students will be entitled for a 100% all paid tuition fee. However, during the following year, they will only receive 80% of the tuition fee. The reason behind this is because the committee will need to balance out their resources as they accommodate every bursar in the programme throughout the years
  • Since the NFVF is an establishment that is operating on a nation-wide scale, candidates coming from different parts of the country are more than welcome to apply.

International Bursaries
Should you wish to apply for a film course in any tertiary institutions outside of the country, you are kindly enough to do so. However, this is provided that the course you seek is not available in any institution in South Africa at all. Furthermore, since the committee is trying their best to accommodate every bursar in the programme, not all 100% of their bursaries will be awarded for international education seekers.

Supporting Documents
On top of your application form, candidates must also have these supporting documents submitted in to complete their application dossiers:

  • A cover letter which consists of the candidate’s motivation to study and how it directly affects their future career paths, as well as how much their education will be put into good use for the betterment of South Africa
  • A letter of support originating from an international tertiary institution
  • A valid proof of excellence displaying the candidate’s remarkable academic potential and talents.

How to Apply NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) Bursary 2020
The NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) Bursary is open for applications every year, with the deadline on each August 31st. Should you wish to apply, you can directly start on your applications on the NFVF Online Portal. Before you can apply for your bursary programme, you will have to register for an account on the same website.

NFVF Contact Address
Office Address:
87 Central Street
Houghton Estate

Mail Address:

Tel: +27 11 483 0880
Fax: +27 11 483 0881
Email: [email protected]

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