National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF): Bursaries 2025

National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF): Bursaries 2025

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is inviting South African students to submit applications for the Bursary Programme for the academic year 2025.

Bursary Application Closing Date: 31 July 2024 (at 17:00).

Bursaries will be awarded for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies, towards Film or Television-related qualifications (excluding any performing arts, acting, music, dancing, and any other course not within the Film and TV category).

The aim of the NFVF bursary programme is to stimulate and develop skills of candidates, who wish to follow a career within the film & TV industry.

The bursary will provide cover for full tuition fees. First year students will also receive cover for the following expenses (capped at R50 000): meals, accommodation and other resources (such as textbook, computer, software).

The bursary will NOT provide cover for travel expenses or any outstanding debt.

Students will be required to provide proof of expenses by way of proforma invoices and/ or any supporting documents on institution or supplier letterhead, before payments are made.

Selection for the bursary will be based on the following main criteria: financial need, academic performance, motivation, demographics, developmental mandate adherence and qualifying expenses.



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):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have completed Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying full-time, towards an undergraduate or postgraduate diploma or degree in the film or television industry
  • You must be registered or provisionally registered to study at a recognised and accredited tertiary institution in South Africa
  • You must have a strong academic record
  • You must have achieved an overall average of 60%, if currently studying
  • You must have proven financial need, with a combined household income of less than R600 000 per annum
  • Preference will be given to students enrolled at public tertiary institutions in South Africa


How to apply

Applications must be submitted online at: NFVF Bursary Application 2025

Applicants will be required to Register an Account before they can Login and apply.

Note: applications submitted via fax or email will NOT be accepted.

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 may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy – not older than 6 months)
  • Matric certificate (certified copy – not older than 6 months)
  • Most recent academic results/ transcripts, if currently studying (certified copy – not older than 6 months)
  • Proof of tertiary acceptance or acknowledgment of your application (on institutions letterhead)
  • Breakdown of annual academic fees (on institutions letterhead)
  • Motivational letter stating why you wish to study and work in the film industry (1 page)
  • If under 21 years old: parents, guardian or partners spouse proof of income (latest payslips/ latest bank statement/ social grant if applicable)
  • If over 21 years old: proof of financial support (latest payslips if employed/ latest bank statement/ social grant if applicable/ affidavit if unemployed)
  • If in receipt of other private or public bursary funding: a commitment letter stating this and the coverage amount

Note: all documents must have been certified within the last 6 months.