The South African Screen Federation (SASFED) is the national federation of independent film, television and audio-visual industry organisations in South Africa. Founded in 2006 in response to Government’s call for the independent screen industry to speak with a united voice, SASFED represents many professionals and companies that are operating in an increasingly diverse and growing sector. The membership of these organisations operates in all the provinces of South Africa, making SASFED’s membership truly national.

SASFED is guided by a constitution, which states that only via bona fide industry bodies may join, and proudly represents the collective core of South Africa’s independent screen industry, with full member organisations. Currently members are listed below.

  • Registered Non-Profit Organisation – NPO 052-633
  • Public Benefit Organisation – PBO 930047674).

Through its Member organisations, Affiliates, Associates and Partners, SASFED represents a broad spectrum of industry players and representing several thousand individual members and hundreds of member companies.

SASFED was founded in 2006 in response to Government’s call for the independent production sector to speak with a united voice.

Who we work with

  • SASFED has signed a Terms of Engagement with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), to engage on industry strategy, policy and interventions.
  • SASFED has atwo permanent seats on the Board of the  South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS).
  • SASFED is also a Board member of The SOS Coalition campaigning for democratic media and broadcasting, as well as excellent programming by the public broadcaster.
  • Representation on the Digital Television Advisory Group, ICASA
  • Representation on the DSAC Audio-visual Reference Group

SASFED Member organisations

  1. Animation South Africa (ASA)
  2. The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA)
  3. The Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC)
  4. The Independent Colourists Guild SA (ICG SA)
  5. The Independent Producers’ Organisation (IPO)
  6. The Personal Managers’ Association (PMA)
  7. South African Guild of Actors (SAGA)
  8. South African Guild of Editors (SAGE)
  9. Sisters Working In Film And Television (SWIFT) and
  10. Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA)

SASFED therefore proudly represents the collective core of South Africa’s creative sector, for the independent film and television industries.

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What we stand for

SASFED is opposed to all forms of discrimination and oppression and stands for a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. In particular, the federation believes that for the film and television industry to thoroughly fulfil its economic, social and cultural potential in society, it has to overcome the racial inequalities created under apartheid.

To this end, SASFED encourages all members to adopt policies and implement programmes ensuring deliberate access by historically disadvantaged Black South Africans at all levels of their organisations and industry sectors.