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Young Talent COVID-19 Short Film Relief Contest

Young Talent COVID-19 Short Film Relief Contest

The Contest is dedicated to young (20 – 25 years of age) talent in the film and video production career stream in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The eligible films should have been made during the Lockdown period since 26 March 2020.

The contest is curated by Kgethi Images for BNAF advocacy intentions. It is supported by a jury of renowned visual storytellers and practitioners both local and international.

The aim of this contest if to provide young recent film graduates an opportunity to expose their talents to the highly competitive markets. This contest challenges the them to become creative and innovative in producing high value work within the confines of current lockdown. The work itself will bear testimony of this once in a life time human experience.

Qualities that we are in the look-out for are; originality, cinematography skills, editing rhythm and overall production value.

The aim of this contest is to also encourage active identification, research and curation of compelling content, thus contributing to the diversification of news, information sharing and visual storytelling in times of great tension and suffering.

The deadline for online film submissions is Thursday 18 June 2020 at 23h00. The Winner will be announced on Monday 22 June 2020, Youth Month.

Read the Rules and Guidelines below before participating in the contest.

Who can participate?

The young filmmakers who are recent graduates in South Africa and confined to restrictions of COVID-19. The film can be in any language and genre and made during the COVID-19 Lockdown period in Mzanzi. Collaboration is encouraged.

Participation Fee

None bafo! To enter this contest, all you need is a compelling film which represents your best skills and that you wish to screen in any film festival.

Prize Chelete

The winning film will receive cash to the value of R5 000 (Five G), and the filmmaker stands a chance to work on some projects of Kgethi Images. Shortlisted films could be screened online for a duration of up-to 6 months after contest winner announcement. Winners of a contest will receive their prize money via EFT within 48 hours of the announcement.

General Rules

Country Restrictions

Each contest is based in South Africa. Participants should have a valid postal address and hold a national bank account in order to participate in the contest.

Copyright and Trademark Infringement

All content in your film (including story, footage, music, images, properties, etc.) should be your own. If you include any copyrighted or trademarked content, you must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorized content will be disqualified.

All Rights rests with the filmmaker

Regional Laws

Involving Animals

While involving characters like animals, birds etc, due exemption should be obtained from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (or any local body dealing with animal welfare) if required.


Content can be disqualified at any stage if it is found to violate any of the rules. Rules are subject to change without prior notice.

Short Movie

Length or duration of a Short Movie is between 1 minute to 5 minutes.

Winner Selection

The person with the highest jury rating is typically selected as the winner. In certain cases.

​Video Specifications

Video Format is MP4 or MOV

The contest supports video files of maximum 1 gig.

youtube, vimeo or related virtual hosting platforms links are encouraged.

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