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16 September 2010

Urgent NFVF Production Funding Announcement

At a meeting held on 2nd September 2010 on the occasion of the 3rd cycle meeting of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Council, NFVF management recommended funding across the usual range of programmes and projects the institution supports.

What was unusual at this sitting of Council was management's recommendation for the funding of 6 feature scripts in development, 7 feature films for production and 4 documentaries for production.

It is unprecedented in the history of the NFVF that 7 feature films and 4 documentaries that have previously been funded in development would be recommended for production in the same sitting of Council. This is a testament to the rigorous development process instituted by the NFVF over the past three years, with script editors assigned to every promising feature concept or project and a hands on development process for all documentaries.

Unfortunately, only 5 of these feature projects can be funded out of this year’s budget, with the remaining 2 having to be rolled over for reconsideration in the new financial year, commencing 1st April 2011. This means that while the NFVF will continue to accept new projects for production funding, these projects will only be considered for financing in the new financial year. All applications for narrative fiction production funding will be affected, including short films and feature films. A limited number of documentary applications for production may still be considered in the present financial year.

Funding support for development has not been affected.
This development clearly demonstrates the need for the National Film and Video Foundation to be allocated additional financial resources to fulfil its mandate of industry development and support. The NFVF regrets to bring this news to the industry already crippled by the ongoing funding crisis and already so deep into the year.

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