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Financial Incentives to Filming in South Africa

Financial Incentives to Filming in South Africa

The South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) offers various incentives to filmmakers if their films meet certain requirements. There is the Foreign Film- and Television Production Incentive, which aims at bringing large scale film- and television productions with large crews and budgets to South Africa. The goal of this incentive is to contribute to South Africa’s economic development, film industry and international profile and visibility. The benefit of this incentive is the uncapped, 20% rebate of Qualifying South African Production Expenditure (QSAPE) that it offers. Productions that have a QSAPE of at least R12 million can qualify for this incentive, on the condition that the production is owned by a foreign entity and that a minimum of 50% of principle photography is completed in South Africa over a total period of at least four weeks. There is also the South African Film and Television Co Production Incentive, which provides financial support for South African production companies and official treaty countries, which include Germany, UK, Italy, France, Canada and Australia. This incentive offers a rebate of 35% on a QSAPE on the first 6 million Rand spent and then drops to 25% on the remainder of the QSAPE spent thereafter. In order to be eligible, the total production budget must be at least R2.5 million. Also, at least 50% of principle photography must take place in South Africa for a minimum of two weeks in total. Eligible formats are: feature films, telemovies, television drama series, documentaries, animation and short form animations. An applicant must be a Special Purpose Corporate Vehicle (SPCV) incorporated in the Republic of South Africa...
South Africa’s Deserts: Diverse and Beautiful

South Africa’s Deserts: Diverse and Beautiful

Another reason to shoot a film in South Africa is our marvellously diverse natural environments. Deserts, rainforests, savannah’s, grasslands, prairies, beaches, mountain ranges, canyons, picturesque valleys… whatever you need for your film, South Africa is bound to have it. Our desert biomes vary extensively in their appearance. We have three unique desert regions with their own distinct looks, flora and fauna:   The Great Karoo: The Great Karoo is a vast semi-desert dotted with iconic flat hills and windpumps, situated in the west of South Africa, mostly within the Northern Cape province. An arid region with distinct rocky, shrub covered plains and small hills the Karoo can easily double for arid overseas environments like the New Mexico desert. Within the western parts of the Great Karoo lies the famous Namaqualand, which becomes covered in breathtaking fields of flowers during the spring months.   The Kalahari: The Kalahari is famous for its red colour and mix of sandy plains and arid savannahs littered with dead trees and animal skeletons. The Kalahari lies in South Africa’s Northern Cape province and crosses the borders with Namibia and Botswana. The red colour makes for magnificent sunset photography.   The Richtersveld: The Richtersveld lies in the north westernmost parts of South Africa and spans across the border into the south of Namibia. The Richtersveld has its own very unique eco system, with various species of desert flora found nowhere else in the world. A mountainous, rocky area dotted with “half-mens” and quiver trees, the Richtersveld resemble places such as the Mojave desert in the USA and parts of the Moroccan...
Mannequin Films @ the 67th Cannes Film Festival 2014

Mannequin Films @ the 67th Cannes Film Festival 2014

The 67th Cannes Film Festival is sure to be the event of the season.  Mannequin Films’ executives Kyle Ambrose and Delon Bakker are extremely excited to return for a second year running.  As some of you might know, this is the biggest industry conglomerate in the world with thousands of production houses and distributers flocking there each year.   With the festival’s main aim being to develop the art of filmmaking, it is no wonder that this has proven to be the most popular industry professional gathering over the last five decades.  The festival provides an amazing networking platform, which is why it is an event which cannot be missed....