According to MUSO’s Global Film & TV Piracy Market Insight Report 2016, pirate sites received 141 billion visits in 2015, with visits to streaming sites accounting for almost 80 per cent of the total. The United States tops the list. By Tom Jackson
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is calling for proposals for an Animation Slate to the value of R7.5m over a period of 3 years. The slate is targeted at Tier 2 Production Companies with an aim of cultivating sustainability and viability.
The NFVF is pleased to announce that the call for Cycle 2 is now open for all the funding categories; Education and Training; Development (of feature films, documentaries and TV Concepts); Production (of feature films and documentaries) and Marketing and Distribution.
Cape Town city’s plan to amend two of its by-laws to regulate filming in the city has been slammed by Constantia residents for “commercialising” the neighbourhood. By Lindsay Dentlinger
‘Tomb Raider’ reboot was originally intended to film in Australia but recently skipped out on the prospect due to limitations on Federal Government tax incentives. Production for the upcoming film is reportedly moving to South Africa instead.
Production in South Africa is on the upswing, prompted not only by the country’s sagging currency, the rand - the exchange rate makes local services cheaper for filmmakers coming in from abroad but by a host of new production resources. By Christopher Vourlias
Nigeria's government has cancelled plans to build a "film village" in the northern state of Kano after opposition from Muslim clerics and social media. More than $10m (£7.6m) had been budgeted to provide state-of-the-art facilities for the Hausa language film industry, known as Kannywood.
African Union (AU) countries have established a new agency that aims to grow film on the continent from a US$5-billion to a $20-billion industry that employs over 20-million people.
While South Africa traditionally looked to the developed North for film cooperation opportunities, the country's focus is shifting increasingly to countries in Africa and the South as new drivers of growth in the industry.