About our Film Fund
The South African Government offers a package of incentives to promote its film production and post-production industry. The incentives consist of the Foreign Film and Television Production and Post-Production incentive to attract foreign-based film productions to shoot on location in South Africa and conduct post-production activities, and the South African Film and Television Production and Co-Production incentive, which aims to assist local film producers in In the past 10 years there have been major developments in the local film and video industry and the most notable ones, as listed by the respondents, are :
- The change in the threshold of the film and television incentive administered by the DTI widely known as “the rebate”
- The licensing of more broadcasters
- Availability of more funding sources,as well as …
- The availability of more mobile, cheaper, yet good production equipment
Other developments reported on include the availability of more co-production treaties, the success recorded by more local films and the creation of representative bodies to advocate industry stakeholder issues.
The filmmakers explored the opportunities presented to them by the free to air and pay television to sell their content and the DVD medium was mostly used for the distribution of content. According to respondents the turnaround strategy from the public broadcaster (SABC), continued government support and the co-productions opportunities between SA productions companies and international companies presents endless opportunities. The licensing of new broadcasters will open room for more content and thereby expand the market. The ability to develop the industry to a competitive standard, the accessibility of audiences and technological development of the industry are some of the ways that will advance the South African film industry the production of local content.