South Africa

Funding bodies

Fund Goal

To create an environment that develops and promotes the South African film and video industry domestically and internationally with a specific emphasis on development support

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Fund Goal

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission was established in accordance with a provincial Act passed in 2010. We aim to provide funding to support opportunities for emerging stakeholders in the KwaZulu-Natal film industry, to build a skills base in KwaZulu-Natal through increased production of national and...

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Fund Goal

To promote South African film production and post-production industry. To attract foreign-based film productions to shoot on location in South Africa and conduct post-production activities.

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Regulation

For citizens of the following countries visa is not necessary for a visit up to 90 days: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, EU, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more details please consult: http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/countries-exempt-from-sa-visas

All foreign individuals who wish to work in the country must obtain an adequate permit.

All production companies applying for permission to film in the greater Durban or Cape Town area must register with the Durban Film Office or the Cape Film Commission. All location applications should be submitted at least 7 days prior to the proposed shoot date. Applications for shoots involving more than 30 crew and/or 15 vehicles should be submitted at least 14 days in advance. Similarly, applications for film shoots involving construction and /or road works should be made not less than 14 days in advance. Applications for traffic assistance, road closures, use of any special effects / stunts / weapons, should be submitted at least 14 days prior to the proposed shoot date.

Accepts ATA Carnets for Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, Professional Equipment.

The standard VAT rate is 14%

In general, any original work made by a qualified person is eligible for copyright protection. Originality refers to the fact that the author must have created the work through the application of the author's own creativity and labour. A qualified person refers to any national or resident of South Africa or a Berne Convention country.

Film Commissions

Cape Town

The Cape Film Commission is the official representative for the City of Cape Town, for the economic development, marketing and promotion of the film industry through a strategy of Growth, Integration and Transformation.

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Johannesburg

The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) develops, promotes and coordinates the film and television production industry in South Africa's wealthiest province. An agency of the Gauteng Provincial Government, we are tasked with positioning the province as a world-class destination for film-making as well as...

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Cape Town

We are the Official Tourism & Trade, Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape. Our divisions include Tourism, Trade, Investment Promotion, Research, Film & Media and the Convention Bureau. We are a region of unlimited potential. And this translates into unlimited opportunity. Whether...

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