National Film and Video Foundation Bursary for South African Students

Are you a South African student who wants to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree/diploma within the film and television industry and are in need of financial help? Then apply for the National Film and Video Foundation Bursary for South African Students today! Students who intend to study or are currently studying towards a full time TV/television qualification are eligible to apply.


The National Film and Video Foundation was established to help the substantial development of the film and video industry in South Africa. This goal is achieved by providing financial support for the training and development of filmmakers and for developing, producing, marketing and distribution of films. This foundation is an agency and a statutory body of the Department of Arts and Culture. The main goals of this foundation are to increase the amount of and accessibility of films in South Africa as well as to increase the producers for previously disadvantaged backgrounds. They also intend to increase the amount of training in the scarce skills areas and of course within the film industry and to internationally and locally promote the South African film industry. The National Film and Video Foundation Bursary for South African Students is open for students or future students pursuing a degree in any subject related to the film or TV industry except for acting courses and performance arts at an accredited tertiary institute in South Africa. The bursary will be awarded based on financial need and academic merit and the bursary will not be repayable. Further information can be found here.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entrance requirements in order to be considered for the award.

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must have completed Matric
  • Must have achieved at least 50% as overall average for past year of study
  • Must have strong academic record
  • Must be provisionally registered or be registered to study towards a full time undergraduate or postgraduate degree or diploma qualification within a film or TV related field. Students must also be registered or provisionally registered at a South African tertiary institute, preferably a public institute.
  • Must provide proven financial need. Your total yearly household income must be less than R 600,000
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How to Apply

Students must submit their application online here before August 31st 2018. Students must create an account first before logging in and proceeding with the bursary application.

Students must also submit clear copies of the documents below along with their online application. No incomplete applications will be taken into consideration. Note that certification must be within 3 months.

  • Certified copies of ID document, and matric certificate (if available)
  • Certified copies of grade 11 final results as well as matric mid year results if you don’t have matric certificate
  • Certified copy of latest tertiary academic results for applicants who are at tertiary level
  • Evidence of acceptance or letter of receipt of application to study at a tertiary institute
  • Certified copy of ID documents of parents/guardians
  • Certified copy of parents/guardians income if you are dependent on them (latest payslips and bank statements if employed or proof of social grants if on a grant or affidavit if unemployed
  • Evidence of any other study loan or bursary funding
  • A one page motivation letter outlining the reason why you deserve to be considered for this award.
  • Study fees breakdown from respective tertiary institution

Preference for the National Film and Video Foundation Bursary for South African Students will be given to previously disadvantage backgrounds.

For enquiries, please email [email protected]