National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Bursary South Africa 2020 – 2021

By | January 27, 2019

National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Bursary South Africa 2020 – 2021


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) was formed in order to ensure substantial growth of the film and video industry in South Africa, by providing funding for the development and training of filmmakers, as well as for producing, developing, distribution and marketing of films

The NFVF is a statutory body and an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. The main objectives of the NFVF are to: increase the accessibility of South African films; to increase the amount of films in South Africa and the amount of producers for previously disadvantaged backgrounds; to increase the amount of training within the film industry and in scarce skills areas; to locally and internationally promote the film industry of South Africa.


The NFVF bursary application is for Film & TV Studies (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Diploma/ Degree). Students who are pursuing their studying (or intend on pursuing their studies) within the film and television industry, at an accredited South African tertiary institute, may be eligible to apply.


The bursary excludes performance arts and acting courses.

It will be awarded based on 2 factors: academic merit and financial need. The bursary is not repayable.

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Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • South African citizen
  • Strong academic record
  • Completed Matric
  • Registered or provisionally registered to study towards a full time Film/ TV qualification (Undergraduate/ Postgraduate Diploma or Degree)
  • Registered or provisionally registered to study at a recognised tertiary institute in South Africa (preferably a public institute)
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 50% for past year of study
  • Proven financial need (total annual household income of less than R600 000)
  • *Preference will be given to students from previously disadvantage backgrounds



Applications must be done online at:

You will be required to Register an account before you can Login and proceed with your bursary application.

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your online application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy of)
  • Matric certificate, if available (certified copy of)
  • Grade 11 final results AND Matric mid-year results, if Matric certificate not available (certified copies of)
  • Latest tertiary academic results, if at tertiary level (certified copy of)
  • Proof of acceptance to study at a tertiary institute/ letter of receipt of application
  • Parents/ guardians ID documents (certified copies of)
  • Parents/ guardians proof of income, if you are dependent on them (certified copy of: bank statements AND latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed/ proof of social grants if on a grant)
  • Study fees breakdown from your tertiary institution
  • Proof of any other bursary funding/ study loan
  • Motivational letter explaining why you deserve to be awarded a bursary (one page only)
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*Please note that certified documentation must not be older than 3 months old.


National bursary: 30 August 2020 (at 17:00).
International bursary: 31 August 2020 (at 17:00).

(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)



For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the NFVF directly:
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)

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