Call for Proposals: Artist opportunity
The Durban International Film Festival invites Kwazulu-Natal-based visual artists and fine craftspeople to submit proposals for the design of an award for the 42nd annual awards of the Durban International Film Festival. This competitive process asks the Country’s artistic community to submit design proposals from which an award will be created. The successful applicant will be asked to design and create a minimum of fifteen awards in advance of the 2021 Durban International Film festival taking place on 21 July – August.
South Africa’s longest‐running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is widely regarded as one of the leading film festivals on the African continent and a vital event on the international film calendar. Whilst celebratory of excellence in film-making the Durban International Film Festival is committed to ensuring that emerging filmmakers are also afforded a platform to advance and showcase their work. This is an imperative step towards developing the industry in Africa.
The Durban International Film Festival intends to commission an artist to design and create an award that will become symbolic of the Festival’s quest for excellence, commitment to development, the vitality of the film sector and have a distinct identity and African aesthetic that can become associated with Festival and its brand.
The fifteen awards will be presented in the following categories:
- Best Cinematography
- Best short film
- Best actor
- Best screenplay
- Best South African short film
- Best documentary
- Best African film
- Best editing
- Best actress
- Best direction
- Best South African documentary
- The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights
- Best feature film
- Artistic bravery
- Best South African feature film
The awards will be presented at the annual Gala Awards Ceremony and the artist will be acknowledged for the design and creation of the Awards.
Scope of work
The award for the Durban International Film Festival Awards will be a piece of artwork of striking visibility and it should generate industry-sector pride. The award should be inspirational, celebratory, and have an African aesthetic.
The award can be a two or three-dimensional artwork in any medium, including wood, glass, copper, metal, ceramic, framed drawings or paintings, etc. As the award will be presented on stage, it should have a presence and visual impact. In addition, the award should be able to be customized with credentials (the award category, year, and recipient’s name) as part of the artwork or as a plaque affixed to the piece.
The 15 awards should be consistent and become a strong brand of the Festival.
In addition to a one-time design fee of R6 000.00 awarded to the successful bidder, the proposals should include the cost, per award, to produce 15 awards using the proposed design. The maximum total budget per award, including all materials, production fees, and taxes should be less than R1 000.00.
The following are relevant dates for submissions for designs for the 2020 Durban International Film Festival Awards:
- 29 March 2021 – Call for proposals launched
- 23 April 2021 – Submission deadline (12:00)
- 26 -30 April 2021 – Review of submissions
- 6 May 2021 – Successful artist notified and contracted
- 21 May 2021 – Winning design announced
- 21 June 2021 – Artist completes the commission and delivers the artworks to the Durban International Film Festival.
- 1 August 2021 – the Durban International Film Festival Award.
Selection process and criteria
A selection panel made up of the Centre for Creative Arts film festival along with a film industry representative, a visual arts specialist, and a branding specialist.
The panel shall adjudicate the proposals and decide on the artist and design
based on the following criteria assessed from the artist’s proposal submission:
Qualifications and experience (20%)
Does the artist provide a portfolio of evidence of having the knowledge and skills required to design, fabricate and deliver the awards on time and on a budget?
Quality of the proposal (45%)
Does the Award proposal have artistic merit?
Is the proposed Award design innovative and unique?
Is the Award design inspirational, celebratory, representative of the film industry, and does it have an African aesthetic?
Is the proposed budget realistic and achievable
Quality of proposed materials (20%)
Are the proposed materials for the award durable, eco-friendly, and locally produced?
Artist Agreement: The successful artist will enter into an agreement with the Durban International Film Festival. Upon notification of being awarded the project, the successful artist will have 48 hours to finalize, complete, and return the agreement.
Conflict of Interest: Applicants must disclose any potential conflicts of interest in their submission, including any that may involve The Durban International Film Festival, the Centre for Creative Arts, and/or relationships with employees of either the Durban International Film Festival or the Centre for Creative Arts.
Reserved Rights: The Durban International Film Festival is not obliged to accept any of the submissions and reserves the right to not recommend any proposal or finalist, or to terminate or re-advertise the project.
For more information
If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact:
031 260 2506