Cape Town cranks up Locations & Permitting

Cape Town has had a decade-long reputation as a thriving film hub with a “can do” attitude. However, this season, the sector has been hit by a number of locations management issues that industry insiders are calling a “crisis”. Following an Industry Locations meeting called on 6th December 2007, the Cape Film Commission has responded swiftly and positively:…

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(If) Only in America

In an article entitled: Bush challenges America to produce the perfect Romantic Comedy, cutting-edge newshounds at The Onion report a remarkable US federal incentive proposed for the movie industry: Dubbing his romantic-comedy initiative “Operation Meet-Cute,” Bush proposed that Congress earmark $20 billion to aid Hollywood in creating the film. He called on studio heads to…

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Gauteng Film Permit Process Review

On Thursday, I flew to Johannesburg for the final presentation of the Gauteng Film Commission’s Film Permit Process Review. This presentation marked the end of a seven month programme intended to provide the Film Commission with insight into the way film permits are accessed in Africa’s business hub. I love the GFC; they are hard…

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Kenya Film Commission visits South Africa

I’m pretty excited; the Kenyan Film Commission has been visiting on a fact finding mission in South Africa – and also to define a Terms of Reference for a consulting contract with Martin Cuff Consulting. David Maingi took over as the CEO of the Kenya Film Commission just over a month ago, and has thrown…

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Imbongi Awards

The Cape Film Commission created the IMBONGI AWARDS in 2007. IMBONGI means Praise Singer, and the IMBONGI AWARDS are intended to sing the praises of the film sector in the Western Cape. The goal of the Imbongi Awards is to • raise the industry’s profile • recognise its achievements, • reflect the complex, multi-level nature…

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