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Mannequin Film Production Services South Africa

Welcome to Mannequin Film Production Services – first choice for international production companies looking for the highest standards of film production in South Africa. With offices in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, Mannequin operates across the entire region, gathering together highly-skilled professionals that can undertake any request for feature film, commercial or television production.

When you need production services that meet international standards, our reputation on the world-stage makes Mannequin the smart choice.   We have worked with companies from all corners of the globe including USA, UK, Brazil, India, Germany and Austria. From pre-production costing and scheduling to payroll administration and coordination of post-production suppliers, we offer a comprehensive set of film production services – all tailored to meet your specific requirements. Our local knowledge is second to none and we’re able to provide access to some of South Africa’s most stunning locations, offering both rural and urban settings within easy reach of one another.

Spend a little time browsing our full range of services and also learning more about the South African film industry. Contact us today – one of our team will be happy to discuss the benefits of working together!

It’s All About The Incentives

We’re proud to be part of South Africa’s increasing presence in the world’s film and television industry.  Our film production services, with access to financial incentives offered, can include assistance from the South African government.

Assistance includes incentives for foreign-based film and television production companies looking to shoot on location in South Africa.  This consists out of production as well as post production incentives.  Feel free to visit the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry)’s webpage for further information.

Filming Advantages

Available to international film production companies and producers, we’ll be happy to discuss the many advantages of filming here of which some include:

  • The favourable rand/dollar exchange rate
  • Low costs across a wide range of ancillary services
  • Consistent weather
  • Benefitting from summer when the northern hemisphere is deep in winter


From working with Producers and Crew from the USA, Germany,India, UK, China, Canada and Brazil. Nothing gets lost in translation with the Mannequin Films team.



Access South African rebates and Incentives, Get up to 35% of qualifying South Africa spend back.



The Power of the Dollar in South Africa

A sagging South African currency may be of concern for the local population, but for international filmmakers it only serves to make South Africa an even more desirable option for film and television production. As a recent survey conducted by Deutsche Bank suggests, goods and services come at a much cheaper price in South Africa. Part of their study compared the average price of a 500ml beer in a neighbourhood pub in an expat area from various cities around the world. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Johannesburg is listed as the second cheapest city in the world to buy a beer at $1.70 – only Prague is cheaper at $1.30. On the other end of the scale is Oslo, Norway ($9.90), with New York City ($7.40) and Boston ($7.20) not far behind. But beer is not the only thing that comes cheaper in South Africa,  film production services are also far more affordable to overseas companies, allowing them to achieve a much higher production quality for a lower price. South Africa also has a diverse range of location options and skilled English-speaking crews. This, combined with the film incentive programme from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTi), which provides rebates up to 35% of production costs, makes South Africa one of the premier film destinations in the world. A list of recent foreign productions in South Africa include Homeland, Black Sails, Of Kings and Prophets, The Dark Tower, Eye in the Sky and Avengers: Age of Ultron.   Source:

Amazon Studios Moves into Self-Distribution

In recent years the world of theatrical distribution has been challenged by the colossal presence of online platforms such as Amazon Studios and Netflix. But after a number of successful acquisitions, including Amazon’s Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea, there has been a much-anticipated move to in-house production from Amazon Studios and Netflix. Woody Allen, who has already partnered with Amazon Studios on his previous two films for distribution, has now partnered solely with the streaming giant for his upcoming film, Wonder Wheel, starring Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet. Previously, Amazon Studios partnered with recognised distributors Lionsgate, Magnolia Pictures and Roadside Attractions, but Allen’s film signifies the intent of Amazon Studios to become an entirely self-sufficient production company. Amazon Studios has been particularly welcoming to the maverick director, who demands total creative freedom on his projects, stating, “when I make a film, I like the people backing the film, sometimes the studios, to put the money in a brown paper bag and then go away. And then six months later I give them the film. That’s the way I’ve always been able to work, having complete control of every aspect of the film.” Allen’s sentiments echo that of director Bong-Joon Ho, who lauded the merits of releasing his latest film, Okja, on Netflix at the end of June. “Netflix guaranteed my complete freedom in terms of putting together my team and the final cut privilege, which only godlike filmmakers such as Spielberg get,” he said. The creative license, along with the reduced pressure of not having to worry about opening weekend box office receipts, has resulted in both streaming...

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