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The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to announce the opening of the call for the Presidential Employment Stimulus Program 4, also referred to as PESP4 by the Presidency, issued through the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC).

The closing date for submissions has been extended to Friday, 05 May 2023, 17h00.

The NFVF has been tasked by the DSAC to administer PESP 4, a government initiative designed to continue the reactivation in the sector into the right path as per the Economic Recovery and Reconstruction Plan (ERRP) after the COVID-19 pandemic's devastating impact.

The package aims to assist practitioners and companies with projects in their implementation stages to reach completion through financial support. The call also aims to support the sector through continuous skills development; focusing on the skills which the sector deems scarce.

For the 2023/24 financial year, the DSAC has allocated 152 275 000 to ensure that the job creation target of 10 850 for the financial year is met.

The project allocation cost of R152 275 000 will be spread as follows:

Stream 1: R 118 291 000 (7 850 jobs)

Stream 2: R 21 240 000 (2 000 jobs)

Stream 3: R 12 744 000 (1 000 jobs)

Administration cost: R 7 025 000

Total: R159 300 000

Please note the following:

Projects that are realistically implementable between 1 Sep 2023 - 29 Feb 2024 (6 months) for Stream 2 and 3, and 1 Oct 2023 - 31 Oct 2024 (12 months) for Stream 1, within the above budget will be considered. Should an extension in timelines be made available, the NFVF will communicate these to approved applicants.

The ideal projects would be those with the ability to employ at least ten (10) or more people at the above rate.

This must be an opportunity accessible to the youth, women, people living with disabilities and previously disadvantaged groups to acquire development and training skills e.g. (but not limited to) on the job and experiential training.

The projects must afford opportunities to reach the practitioners and audio-visual workers at ground level, in order to support the various initiatives they are able to undertake as a form of generating income.

Priority will be given to applicants that have not received funding for PESP 1 and PESP 3.

Funding caps will be implemented in order to provide funding to as many practitioners as possible, without compromising the number of jobs that can be created within the set time-frames per stream.

PESP is a special project for providing continued relief funding through job creation with a job creation target, as per the prescripts shared by the DSAC. As a result, appeals will be managed by the DSAC, not the NFVF.



Projects Considered:

FICTION Production Animation (Series), Production Animation (Short Film/Pilot), Production Animation (Feature Film), Production Short Films, Production Web-Series, Production Feature Film, Production Micro-Budget Films, Production Made for TV, Post Production Feature Film, Production TV Pilot.

NON-FICTION Production 2-3 Part Documentary, Production Feature Documentary, Production Short Films Documentary, Production Web-Series, Post-Production Documentary Feature Film, Production TV Pilot.

No. Jobs Considered and Time-Frame: Minimum of 10 jobs within a period of 12 months/1 year.

Projects Not Considered:

Development projects due to the relatively low number of jobs they can yield vs production-ready projects.

Complete TV Series and TV Formats. These will be accommodated through funding for TV Pilots due to budget constraints.


Projects Considered:

Training programmes by provisionally and fully accredited training practitioners. Preference will be given to training targeting scarce skills in the industry as well as training programs aimed at the Youth, People Living with Disabilities and Female filmmakers.

No. Jobs Considered and Time-Frame: Minimum of 10 jobs within a period of 6 months.


Projects Considered:

Film Festivals, Markets and Public Screenings targeting job creation.

No. Jobs Considered and Time-Frame: Minimum of 10 jobs within a period of 6 months.

Projects Not Considered: Normal Marketing & Distribution funding; Film Festival and Markets Attendance

The terms of reference and objective criteria have a deliberate focus on the following success factors for evaluation:

Functionality - demonstrable project management capability and likelihood for high impact success i.e. project success, number of jobs created and geographical reach;

BBBEE (targeted group as per National Treasury Regulations) - deliberate focus on the demographics with the highest incidence of unemployment;

Scarce Skills - training and development proposals with the potential to address the scarce skills gap, while creating employment opportunities;

Geographical Spread - deliberate focus on proposals that target underserviced provinces such as Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State, Limpopo, Eastern Cape) and underserviced areas in serviced provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape, especially due to the high population density areas which have resulted in high unemployment;

Cost to service ratio - due attention to the proposals' cost of employment ratios to ensure maximum costs of the stimulus are spent on recipients; and

Ability to create ten (10) or more industry jobs.


Stream 1: Production Open Call

Stream 2: Training Open Call

Training programme outlines with objectives;


Selection criteria;

CVs of the facilitators;

Detailed Budget.

Stream 3: Marketing & Distribution Open Call

CVs of key management

Project Plan

Activation area(s)

Audience Development Strategy

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