The collaboration between The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Netflix, and Indigenous Film Distribution has borne fruit with the release of six micro-budget films. These productions, funded through a joint R28 Million initiative by NFVF and Netflix, mark a significant milestone in supporting emerging filmmakers amidst the challenges posed by the global pandemic.

With an aim to finance each project at 100% of its budget, this partnership seeks to invigorate the local film industry, providing a platform for fresh voices to thrive. The infusion of R14 million from both NFVF and Netflix underscores their commitment to nurturing talent and fostering creativity within the South African filmmaking community.

Divided into two streams, these films encompass a diverse range of narratives and genres, catering to varied audience preferences. Four fictional feature films helmed by emerging filmmakers received a budget of R4 million each, while two feature films by established directors were allocated R6 million each.

The selected films reflect the richness of South African storytelling, offering compelling narratives that resonate with both local and global audiences. From tales of familial bonds and personal redemption to explorations of love, trauma, and identity, these productions encapsulate the vibrancy and depth of South African cinema.

“Runs in the Family” follows the journey of a reformed con artist and his transmasculine son as they embark on a road trip across South Africa. “Prime” delves into the psyche of a young man grappling with past traumas, while “Inkabi: The Hitman” offers a gritty portrayal of a retired hitman’s unexpected alliance with a troubled young woman.

“Smart Casual” and “Soweto Blaze” delve into the intricacies of modern relationships and urban life, each offering a unique perspective on love, ambition, and personal growth. Meanwhile, “Real Estate Sisters” promises a wild ride with its spirited portrayal of two real estate agents determined to climb the ranks in Pretoria’s competitive market.

The completion of these films not only underscores the resilience of South African filmmakers but also highlights the collaborative efforts of NFVF, Netflix, and Indigenous Film Distribution in fostering a vibrant and inclusive film industry. Through strategic partnerships and targeted investments, these organizations aim to elevate South Africa as a premier destination for filmmaking while providing filmmakers with the resources and support needed to realize their creative visions.

As these films make their debut on Netflix, they serve as a testament to the power of storytelling to transcend boundaries and unite audiences around the world. With their unique narratives and distinct voices, these productions are poised to captivate viewers and showcase the richness of South African cinema on a global stage.