TLG talks to AFCI caretaker manager Martin Cuff about his appointment and plans
The Location Guide – 20 May 2011 by James Peak

After the unexpected departure of CEO Larry Brownell, the Association of Film Commissioners has a new caretaker manager. Martin Cuff is an economics expert based in Cape Town, South Africa…

Regional Forum on the Future of the Film Industry in Southeast Europe – Cinelink Conferences & Workshops, Sarajevo Film Festival

What services and products must you offer, what kind of incentives should you consider?
July 2010

Callsheet article on Film Commissions.

Given the uncertain future of our film commissions (see opposite), we asked him to give us an international perspective on why we need them.

June 2010

Interview with Peru Film Delegation to Locations Trade Show 2010

Film Independent’s Film Commission Panel at AFCI 2010

Keep the drama in front of the camera……. Martin Cuff chaired the panel “Working with Film Commissions” for Film Independent and the AFCI in Santa Monica 2010

April 2010

Georgian National Film Center Newsletter

An expert on film support, development and marketing, Martin Cuff was visiting Tbilisi……
September 2009

Durban FilmMart part and parcel of KZN’s growth

Martin Cuff… the benefits of the film industry and the influx of money to boost a flagging economy.

Web release: August 2009

The Serbian Industry Reconnects its Ties to Hollywood

Web release: April 2009

Foreign film productions can have a significant impact on the overall economy as noted by project advisor Martin Cuff……

Film Friendly Gauteng – Fact or Fiction?

July 2008

Chaired by Martin Cuff – a seasoned film commissioner – five industry leaders participated in a panel discussion at the 2008 Film Indaba

Durban film industry review to plug info vacuum

Biz Community
11th February 2009

An intensive review of Durban’s growing film industry will be carried out by Martin Cuff Consulting, appointed by the Durban Film Office (DFO), in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development (KZNDED).

Film-unfriendly Jozi

The Weekender
26th July 2008
Pg 13

The review uncovered a general lack of understanding by city line departments about their integral role in the film production process.

“Departments generally know they have a role to play, but servicing the needs of the industry is seen as being a secondary concern to their core business. They’ll say: ‘We’re responsible for parks, not for film shoots’ (um no, if you run parks, then you are responsible for film shoots in those parks).”

Film permits system under review

Screen Africa
October 2007
Vol. 19 Pg 4

“The purpose of this project is “to provide strategically important information to the GFC that will allow it to improve services to filmmakers”, stated Cuff. Clear film permit processes will save time and money for the parties concerned and will provide the City with clarity and deliver services more efficiently.”

Where to Film 30’s L.A.? Cape Town, of Course!

New York Times
June 22, 2004

”Suddenly we are seeing the presence of much bigger stars, much bigger budgets, bigger productions and hopefully much wider distribution and higher profile for the South African production industry,” said Martin Cuff, the articulate 37-year-old head of the Cape Film Commission.

Portraits of Anywhere but Home

Washington Post
Craig Timberg

“I don’t want to be distraught just yet.”

Sunday, February 27, 2005; Page A16

Film Commission eyes Tourist Trade

Variety International
Christelle de Jager

South Africa is hoping the film industry can spark an upsurge in tourism. The Cape Film Commission has launched an initiative to exploit the locations of upcoming shoots……

August 13 2003

Lights … Cameras … Action

Nosipho Kota

Cuff, who has been in the film industry for more than 20 years, both locally and internationally, was in East London on Wednesday for the first meeting of roleplayers in a regional film development strategy.

12 Jan 2007

Report on the FILM PERMITS WORKSHOP held at the JMPD on the 27th

Richard H Nosworthy

The meeting was chaired by Martin Cuff, (a consultant researching best practice in cities around the world on behalf of the

28 September 2007 at 08h20

SA Film

10 years of celebrations are just beginning…..

“you’d have to live on Mars not to have seen the amount of film activity” that has been taking place.

International Market Insight
John Walser, 20th July 2004

July 29th 2005


“He has helped bring all of the industry leaders in Colorado to the same table to help write this new upcoming legislation.”

1st January 2006


“This…..enables our film office to gain invaluable knowledge and techniques to become even more efficient, maximize revenues from increased in-bound film production and develop important film industry contacts, “


“It was highlighted that the commission’s vision is to position the KZN as a globally competitive film destination, create jobs and develop core skills within its four-year plan.”

4th March 2005


“Martin Cuff attended the event last year as a guest of the South African Consulate General in Mumbai, which was followed by a fact-finding visit by the event organisers to South Africa in June 2004. The growing relationship will be marked by the publication of a glossy trade magazine for the Indian industry, entitled: World Cinema & TV Explorer Guide to South Africa.”

Inner City Success Story: Denver

The Property Magazine

words by Martin Cuff

I never saw the movie Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead. Partly because I’m not that keen on Andy Garcia

Governor’s 2005 Colorado Tourism Conference

“Wild on Tourism”

Martin Cuff will introduce the new Colorado Film Commission, and the role of film in promoting tourism.