South Africa: Netflix & SASFED Introduce Television and Film Relief Fund Worth R8.3 Million

Digital Creatives

Aug. 6, 2020, 2:28 p.m.

Netflix has established a film and television fund worth R8.3 million.

This is in collaboration with the South African Screen Federation (SASFED), a federation of independent film, television and audiovisual content industry organizations in South Africa with support from the Independent Producers Organisation.

The fund aims to provide short-term relief to workers in South Africa’s creative community whose productions have been halted due to the virus.

It will be administered by Tshikululu Social Investment, a fund management company in South Africa. The company will be responsible for screening the applicants for eligibility as well as payout the funds to the beneficiaries.

The eligible applicants include assistant directors, sound and art departments, makeup, and hair departments, stunt department, music department, animation departments along with a range of other industry freelancers.

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The Executive Director of SASFED, Unathi Mulanga, commended Netflix for supporting the local screen sector during the global crisis and giving hope to struggling industry professionals.

He also encouraged other potential partners to “follow Netflix’s example” and support the local creative industry.

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