Thuthuka: NFVF + NFF Co-development scheme

Thuthuka is an initiative of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Netherlands Film Fund (NFF) to promote cooperation between South Africa and the Netherlands. Under this joint scheme an application can be submitted for a contribution for writing an original script (not an adaptation) and a pitch book in co-production for a feature film, long documentary or animated film intended for cinema release.

Who can apply

A production company (a legal entity, so not a sole trader or partnership firm) that has been based in the Netherlands, a member state of the EU, EEA or Switzerland for at least two years and has been producing and exploiting films and other audiovisual productions on a continuing basis.

The production company will be represented by a producer who as majority producer has had main responsibility for the realisation of at least one feature film, long documentary or animated film in the same category as the application with a cinema release in the Netherlands.

An application for a majority South African film production will be submitted to the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) by a production company based in South Africa (for further information contact Terrence Khumalo).


The contribution is €40,000 (all in).

The development costs include the fee of the scriptwriter(s), expenses for coaching and translation as well as the producer’s fee & overheads.

A development contribution will be granted to not more than two majority Dutch film productions and two majority South African film productions annually.

Primary conditions

In the artistic assessment film plans will be selected that contribute to the creative co-operation between the Netherlands and South Africa, aimed at a high quality, diverse and distinctive cinematographic offering.

Eligibility for a contribution is also subject to the following conditions:

  • It is an original film plan (not an adaptation) for a script for a long documentary (longer than 60 min) or (animated) feature film (longer than 80 min) by a South African or Dutch writer;
  • The creative partnership between the Netherlands and South Africa must be at the forefront. A scriptwriter from the other country must be committed to the film plan with a written commitment. The same applies to the co-producer if they are already involved;
  • It is a new film plan for which no application for a contribution has previously been submitted to the NFVF or the NFF;
  • The film production must be primarily intended for cinema release. The project will be assessed whether it can reach audiences in both countries.

The film plan consists of:

  • A synopsis of max. 5 pages; or
  • A treatment of max. 15 pages; or
  • A first or second version of the script;

To apply for a grant

Applications for production support can be submitted on application dates by the Dutch producer (click here).