Co-productions with international companies result in the direct investment of millions of rands into the economy. South Africa has signed co-production treaties with eight countries: Canada, Italy, Germany, the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. This means that any official co-production is regarded as a national production of each co-producing country, making it eligible for any benefits or programmes of assistance available in either country. South Africa also has a memorandum of understanding relating to film with India.
- Canada/ South Africa Co-production Treaty
- Italy/ South Africa Co-production Treaty
- Germany/ South Africa Co-production Treaty
- UK/ South Africa Co-production Treaty
- France/ South Africa Co-production Treaty
- Australia/ South Africa Co-production Treaty
- New Zealand/ South Africa Co-production Treaty
- Ireland/ South Africa Co-production Treaty
- The Netherlands/ South Africa Co-production Treaty
Visit the NFVF website for further information on Co-production treaties
KwaZulu-Natal Film Fund
The KwaZulu-Natal Film Fund has been created to stimulate the growth of the film industry in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Thus, the fund is targeting KwaZulu-Natal based companies and companies producing films in KwaZulu-Natal. The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission provides Film related funding in four broad categories:
- Development Funding
- Production Funding
- Marketing and Distribution
- Markets and Festival
To qualify for production funding, 70% of the total production budget must be spent in KwaZulu-Natal. Where it is not possible to spend 70% of the production budget in KwaZulu-Natal, the Commission may consider supporting a project for up to 25% of the production budget spent in KwaZulu-Natal, subject to the funding ceiling in the category. To qualify for development funding, 50% of the total development budget must be spent in KwaZulu-Natal. Visit website>>
Dti Film and Television Incentives
The South African Government offers a package of incentives to promote its film production and post-production industry, the current guidelines have been extended to 31 March 2018. The window for receiving new application will continue as normal and it is open up until 31 March 2018. The payment of claims is conditional on prospective applicants meeting all the South African Film and Television Production Incentive Programme requirements and subject to the availability of funds. The incentive programmes include:
- 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,
- South African Film and Television Production and Co-Production incentive, which aims to assist local film producers in the production of local content;
- South African Emerging Black Filmmakers incentive, a sub-programme of the South African Film and Television Production and Co-production Incentive, which aims to assist local emerging black filmmakers to nurture and grow them to take up big productions and thus contribute towards employment creation.
Training and Skills Development
The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) is responsible for skills development in the Advertising, Electronic Media and Film, Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications sectors and their subsectors. The MICT sector comprises of 160 Large companies, 342 Medium companies and 2,785 Small levy-paying companies. Visit website>>.
Film Industry Learner Mentorship programme (F.I.L.M.)
Film Mentorship & Training T/A the Film Industry Learner Mentorship programme (F.I.L.M.) is a non-profit Section 18(a) Public Benefit Organization (PBO) started by Film Afrika in 2006. Working in partnership with leading Cape film production and servicing companies such as Film Afrika, Moonlighting Films, Do Productions, Two Oceans Productions, Spier Films, Homebrew Films, Penguin & Paw Paw Films & many others, they offer a coordinated industry platform providing unit-standard aligned certified learning programmes and hands-on experiential learning under mentorship, training and skills development in the South African film, television, commercials & digital industries. Visit website>>.
NFVF Education and Training Funding
In order to stimulate and advance skills development, meet the current needs of industry, and to ensure the industry’s future growth and competitiveness, the NFVF provides funding for national bursaries, international bursaries and grants to organisations that offer training and development programmes which are related to audio-visual industry Visit website>>.
KwaZulu Natal Film Commission Human Capital Development
The Human Capital Development Department aims to develop and implement programmes for skills development and industry support. Human Capital takes various forms including programmes that redress the current skills shortage by creating new skills in the film and television value chain that to ensure competitiveness in the region. These programmes aim to enhance the capabilities of the local filmmakers to increase the KwaZulu-Natal local content on the South African and International distribution platforms with the vision to sustainable employment in the KZN film and television sector. Current interventions drive transformation, diversification and service excellence through skills development in the local film industry. Visit website>>
e.tv is South Africa’s favourite free-to-air television channel providing broad appeal programming spanning all age, race and income groups across 80.5% of the South African population. e.tv’s remarkable growth has seen it become a major force in the South African broadcasting industry. e.tv embraces a digital future by having a presence on terrestrial television and online. Visit website »
M-Net’s mission is ‘to create the best television entertainment in Africa and beyond’. To this effect they have invested significantly in local productions, which are set to make Africa a significant player on the entertainment global arena. Productions such as Studio 53 are set to captivate audiences from Cape to Cairo and indeed the rest of the world. Whereas the adaptation of world-renowned shows such as Big Brother and Idols endeavors to keep our subscribers in touch with world-class shows. We call it magic! And we shall strive to keep the ‘magic’ flowing. Visit website »
The SABC’s values are Conversations and Partnerships; Restoration of human dignity and Building a common future. The main object of the Corporation is to supply broadcasting and information services and services that are ancillary thereto, to the general public in the Republic of South Africa and beyond its borders and to achieve the objectives as set out in the Broadcasting Act 4 of 1999. Visit website »