June 2009 sees the completion of the Durban and KZN Film Industry review, which has been conducted by Martin Cuff Consulting on behalf of the eThekwini Municipality / Durban Film Office and Department of Economic Development of the Province of KZN. The six month review was intended to revisit the province’s performance as a film centre, and to look at innovative new business models that can take the region forward into the future. The resulting draft strategy will be undergoing stakeholder consultation in Durban throughout the month.
Martin Cuff Consulting has also been working in South Africa with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, devising a broad-based sector growth strategy and promotional plan for the provincial film industry. The Sector Plan includes enterprise and crew development, a location and permit strategy and possible local incentives, including closer cooperation with the Eastern Cape Film office. The draft plan is also currently being tested with provincial stakeholders.
Further afield, Martin returns to Serbia on the 14th June, where he has been working on a USAid-funded initiative for the establishment of the Serbia Film Commission. Having created the framework for the establishment in January / February of this year, and advised on the international launch at the AFCI Locations Trade Show in April 09, the next tasks include driving the creation of the Film in Serbia Board, signing off on the business plan and moving towards legal registration of the organisation.
Also in Eastern Europe, Martin has been working with the Georgia National Film Center in Tbilisi, on the establishment of a film-friendliness programme for the Georgian government. Following meetings with several key ministers in the Georgian government, Martin’s draft of a government statement on film friendliness has now been signed as an official proclamation by the country’s President. At the invitation of the Minister of Culture, Martin was invited to present the country’s planned offerings at the Georgian presentation at the Cannes Film Festival in May this year. Martin returns to Georgia in the spring.
Additionally this month, Martin Cuff Consulting begins work on a feasibility study for a potential Film and Music Office in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro – a blogsite and survey have been set up at the following site.