SAGA became a member of SASFED in 2009.
The South African Screen Federation (SASFED) is the national federation of independent film, television and audiovisual content industry organisations in South Africa. Founded in 2006 in response to Government’s call for the independent production sector to speak with a united voice, SASFED represents a broad spectrum of industry players, via affiliates representing several thousand individual members and hundreds of member companies employing up to a hundred staff.
SASFED has signed a Terms of Engagement with the NFVF, which binds parties to quarterly stakeholder meetings to engage on industry strategy, policy and interventions.
As of 2012, SASFED has active representation on the premier South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) Board, where it holds two permanent seats, and two alternate seats.
SASFED is also the Working Group and Coordination Committee member of SOS: The Supporting Public Broadcasting Coalition, an advocacy group driving industry oversight and dialogue on critical policy, legislation, regulatory and management matters pertaining to the local broadcast sector, and in particular, the public broadcaster - the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
Its current membership of eight independent film and television production industry organisations, associations and guilds, are in ultimate control of SASFED via their allocated Council Member, who make up what is known as the SASFED Council. The Council also meets regularly to discuss industry issues between the organisations.
The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer are elected annually from the Council in terms of the SASFED Constitution, which guides that individuals may not join SASFED directly, but only via bona fide industry bodies.
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.
Full SASFED member organisations currently include:
- A.S.A. - Animation South Africa
- The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA)
- The Independent Producers’ Organisation (IPO)
- The Personal Managers' Association (PMA)
- South African Guild of Actors (SAGA)
- South African Guild of Editors (SAGE)
- Sisters Working In Film And Television (SWIFT)
- 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.