The South African Screen Federation (SASFED), supported by the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO), recently announced they would be establishing a COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund in partnership with Netflix in order to provide much needed relief to the hardest-hit workers within the South African creative community.
It is reported that Netflix will donate over ZAR 8, 3 million, that will be administered by Tshikululu Social Investment, who will then screen the applications for eligibility and disburse the funds to beneficiaries.
The Corona Virus pandemic has disrupted creative communities all around the world, including South Africa, with many film and TV productions experiencing disturbances that have left thousands of workers without a stable income. Netflix, in collaboration with SASFED and the IPO, will provide a one time emergency relief grant to workers such as electricians, carpenters, hair and makeup artists, drivers, costume designers and many other freelancers who are paid hourly wages and work on a project-to-project basis. The workers will be eligible to apply for the R15 000 one-time benefit.
“SASFED is delighted about the announcement that the COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund will provide relief for workers in the film and TV sector who are not eligible for other available relief funds. The S.A. economy has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Netflix fund supporting the local film industry brings hope to struggling industry professionals. “
-Unathi Malunga, SASFED Executive Director
Starting from August 3, 2020 the members of South Africa’s creative community will be able to apply by filling out an online application at Tshikululu’s website (tshikululu.org.za) or mailing physical applications. The eligibility criteria will be posted on Tshikululu’s website on 3 August 2020 when applications open.
“We’re proud to be working with The South African Screen Federation and the Independent Producers Organisation to support the hardest hit workers in TV and film production. South African crews are vital to Netflix’s success and we want to help those freelancers who most need support in these unprecedented times.”
– Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix’s lead for African Originals