Thuthuka Co-Development Fund Call Extension

The NFVF and the Netherlands Film Fund have established a co-development scheme called Thuthuka. This scheme aims to support projects that are potentially of high cinematographic quality and interest to cinema audiences in both countries as well as to international cinema audiences.


  1. The annual budget of the Fund amounts, as a rule, up to 160.000 EUR. The NFVF will match the equivalent of 80.000 EUR in ZAR, taking currency fluctuations into consideration.
  2. No more than 4 projects will be supported each year, two from South Africa and two from the Netherlands. Each project will receive € 40.000 (or the equivalent in ZAR). A maximum of € 6.000 for the producer’s fee plus overheads is included in this amount.
  3. Grants are available for script development. Individual script coaching and/or coaching in the context of workshops is an integral part of this grant.
  4. The goal is to write a full script, create a pitch book, and apply for production support. Receiving a Thuthuka grant does not guarantee selection for future subsidies.
  5. Detailed regulations per Fund can be found via links at the end of this call.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Applications are open to:

Established South African producers with a Dutch scriptwriter attached, with an original script for a feature-length live-action (>80 min), documentary, or animated film.

 Please note that the extension is only applicable to applicants based in South Africa who must apply via NFVF.

  1. There are no limitations regarding style or genre.
  2. Only projects that haven’t received funding from the Funds before can apply.
  3. Projects must be feasible within the criteria of both Funds.
  4. Applications should be submitted in English and signed by all partners involved.
  5. No applications without a co-producer and a writer from the Netherlands will be considered.

Ineligible projects include:

  1. Live recordings, TV games, talk shows, reality shows or teaching and ‘how-to’ programmes to be shown directly in schools.
  2. Documentaries promoting tourism, “making-of”, reports, news and current affairs programmes and “docu-soaps”.
  3. Projects that include pornographic or racist material or advocating violence.
  4. Works of a promotional nature.
  5. Institutional productions to promote a specific organisation or its activities.

Applications must include the following information:

  • CVs of South African and Netherlands producers, Netherlands scriptwriter(s) and, if already selected, the director.
  • Motivation and vision of the team with regards to the project (including needs for the project).
  • Co-production agreement or Letter of Commitment from the co-producers and writer (and director, if applicable).
  • A brief summary of the project (maximum 5 pages).
  • Treatment (maximum 20 pages).
  • A script (in case of a re-write).
  • A schedule for the development phase (e.g., timeline for writing, editing, research, director recruitment) (max 600 words).
  • Development budget.
  • A brief synopsis not to exceed five pages*
  • Recently certified ID copy of an applicant (dated certification stamp not older than six months).*
  • South African Company’s registration document.
  • Company profiles of the South African and Netherlands co-producers
  • Track record of the production company (where applicable).
  • Company’s Valid Tax Clearance Certificate or Tax Clearance Status Pin Document (must be valid for one year)*
  • BBBEE certificate or Signed BBBEE Affidavit with a dated stamp (not older than one year).

The Parties reserve the right to require other documentation from applicants to complete the assessment of the project.

Project Evaluation

  • Projects will be evaluated by representatives of the Netherlands Film Fund and NFVF.
  • The aim of this scheme is to increase and encourage the development of high-quality and diverse feature (animation) films and documentaries.
  • Therefore, the evaluation will focus on the creative value of the project, viability of the project

and the proposed target audience.


The Thuthuka Co-Development Fund will have one submission deadline per year.
Open This year’s deadline is 4 February 2022 at 17:00


A complete overview of applicable regulations and conditions can be found here.