In the past two years, the South African film industry has witnessed a new phenomenon - locally written, directed and produced romantic comedies starring local casts have been performing decently at the box office. By Edward Tsumele
South Africa’s international reputation for excellence in the film industry is fast extending beyond its scenic locations to now include the quality of its production crews.
South Africa is home to a vibrant production industry, with work ranging from commercials to television series to films being shot year round. What are the advantages of being a production house that operates in South Africa, and what are the challenges?
It was a good year for local movies at the box office, In fact the two highest grossing movies broke local box office records. It definitely proves that cinemagoers have an appetite for well-produced local fare, and that local is lekker.
Research is to be conducted to determine the size and structure of the film and media industry in in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Wesgro and the City of Cape Town have announced the new research project and Grant Thornton will be leading a consortium to conduct the value chain baseline study.
Kenya is eyeing to host a Sh2.5 billion hub for movie and video production, music recording and broadcast services to be financed by multi lateral lenders as a way of growing Africa’s creative economy. By Neville Otuki
African content took centre stage at DISCOP Johannesburg 2016, with a marked increase in African representation and interest in African productions being the standout features of the event.
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the National Centre for Cinema (CNC) of France, in conjunction with the French Embassy in South Africa, are organising a 2 day co-production workshop between the two countries, which will be held in Paris the week of 27 March 2017.
Africa’s biggest TV content market is set to kick off Nov. 2, with more than 2,000 buyers, sellers, and content producers expected to arrive in Johannesburg for the three-day event. By Christopher Vourlias