South Africa and the Netherlands this week established a new content co-development fund – The SA-NL Thuthuka Fund – which will support feature film and documentary projects.
The new fund set up in Cannes and announced at the weekend will support South African and Dutch content through selective script and co-development support.
The fund’s yearly budget is planned to be US$ 190,000, with two projects per country supported each year.
It is to be recalled that back in 2015, the two counties inked a co-production agreement and wanted to build on it by collaborating more closely.
Projects will require a co-producer from the Netherlands and South Africa and a script editing consultant from the other country, arranged through matchmaking.
“Thuthuka means growth and development,” said Bero Beyer, CEO of the Netherlands Film Fund, at a ceremony on the Croisette unveiling the new fund.
According to Beyer, the fund is “attempting to create a creative cooperation between the South African and Dutch film teams to develop ideas from the two countries.”
Makhosazana Khanyile, CEO of South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation, said, “the relationship between the Netherlands Film Fund and the NFVF is seen as an opportunity to deepen the treaty relationship while also allowing films from both countries to reach global audiences.”
In recent years, film and television producers from the two countries have collaborated on many projects, including the Dutch drama “The Price of Sugar,” based on Cynthia McLeod’s novel.
Another collaboration is the English-language Dutch feature “Black Butterflies,” based on the life of South African poet Ingrid Jonker.
The first co-production treaty project was “An Act of Defiance,” a 2017 film on Nelson Mandela’s defence lawyer, Bram Fischer.