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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


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