New Covid-19 Relief Fund For SA Film And Television Launched, Netflix Promises US$480K.
In South Africa, the South African Screen Federation (SASFED) is organising the set-up of a relief fund to help the local film and television industry that is all but being battered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Working in collaboration with the Independent Producers Organisations (IPO) this Covid-19 Film and Television Relief Fund has already garnered support from Netflix who has promised to contribute just over US$ 480,000 to the fund.
The fund will be used to provide a "one-time emergency grant" to TV and film workers such as set builders, make-up artists, costume designers and freelancers.
While asking for more companies to help bolster the fund by their contribution, the fund promoters said the funding pot is to be administered by Tshikululu Social Investment, who will evaluate the eligibilities of applications and then disburse the funds. The application process is set to start on August 3 2020.
Commenting, Unathi Malunga, executive director at SASFED said: "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".
Netflix's executive for Africa Originals, Dorothy Ghettuba also commented on the initiative, saying: "We're proud to be working with SASFED and the IPO 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."