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 working, dedicated, sophisticated marketers, and they’re wickedly funny. But they’ve got their work cut out for them with this one……

As the home of the national broadcaster, the SABC, it’s estimated that Johannesburg’s film and television production business is at least as big as that of the Western Cape. And Joburg’s been the location of some pretty major international movies, including the Oscar nominated Hotel Rwanda. But in the greater scheme of things, this means very little to the powers-that-be in Africa’s pumping economic heart.

Hotel Rwanda - made in Johannesburg


Hotel Rwanda - Filmed in Johannesburg

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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 himself headlong into the task of repositioning of both the Commission and the entire Kenyan film sector (a challenge made all the more difficult by the current political crisis in the country).

Fernando Meirelles on the Nairobi set of The Constant Gardener

I get the sense though, that Mr. Maingi is not the type to be easily daunted. His visit sought to unpack a range of insights and ideas from South Africa that could be applied back home in Kenya. Wendy-Leigh Boise at Martin Cuff Consulting assisted with planning and organising a packed schedule of meetings with key South African industry organisations, including the National Film and Video Foundation, the Cape and Gauteng Film Commissions, the Commercial Producers Organisation, the Stills Producers Association, Continue reading “Kenya Film Commission visits South Africa”