Film industry booms in Cape Town


THE filming and events industries are booming in Cape Town with the city issuing nearly 3,000 permits in three months for various film shoots.

The film industry, spearheaded by Cape Town, has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years. The city has attracted A-list actors and crews from across the world for the shooting of high-profile movies such as Safe House, with the renowned US actor Denzel Washington.

According to the city, the film industry contributes about about R5bn to the local economy and has over the past three years created more than 35,000 jobs.

Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development Garreth Bloor said a number of local and international movies and series are currently being filmed in the city, including Black Sails season two (UK), Dominion season two (US), Wallander (US), Grand Theft Auto (US), Detour (US), Honey 3 (US) and Odyssee (US).

“The film industry plays a vital role in the economy of the Western Cape. It stimulates growth, generates substantial employment, and brings in valuable foreign exchange. It is also one of the best forms of promotion for our city,” said Bloor.

He said the city issued 2,870 permits for various film shoots between January and March.

Collectively, the 2,870 film shoots in the first quarter of 2016 contributed upwards of R3,58m to the city’s coffers for services rendered, said Bloor.

“Filming is a labour-intensive industry and therefore has a long value chain. The film production sector also adds value to a wide range of other sectors in the local economy through the creation of demand for products and services. The industry showcases Cape Town, its diversity of locations, technical film capacity and talent, and also provides value-added marketing and investment collateral for the city.”

Bloor said the booming film industry ensures valuable skills transfer from international crews to local crews, which is critical to the future sustainability of the industry.

Added to this mix are the bigger sporting events that attract a large number of domestic and international participants and media. Bloor said these events were the biggest contributors to local coffers.

“Further multi-year agreements for more anchor events are in the process of being concluded. This will add a significant amount to the revenue generated annually. Last year, just six events contributed a phenomenal amount of R2bn. From January to March this year, 172 events were supported – up from 100 for the same period in 2015,” said Bloor.

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