Africa (Xinhua) -- The South African Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI) said Sunday they will spend about 7.5
million U.S. dollars by March 2018 to support emerging black
filmmakers in the country.
At the Emerging Black Filmmakers
Workshop during the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF),
Director of Film Production at the DTI, Nelly Molokoane said the
South Africa Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive started in 2014
and has so far benefited 40 filmmakers.
“We are planning to host intense
workshops in various provinces to assist filmmakers in
accessing this support,” said Molokoane.
Some producers have been struggling to
access funding and the workshop was an information session. The
Emerging Black Filmmakers Workshop was targeted at emerging film
producers who want to access the incentives scheme and inform
them on how to do it.
The workshop was hosted to assist
those that needed training on the incentive scheme and
guidelines, said Molokoane.
Rehad Desai, Director of the Marikana
documentary, Miners Shot Down and a beneficiary of the
incentive, said the funding will enable South African producers
to compete on the continent and in the world in terms of quality
“We are seeing far more films being
produced since the launch of the scheme and this means
funding of projects happens in a lot short space of time and
one can go into production quicker. This also means our
production companies are becoming sustainable but the
incentive can be made more accessible as some of the costs
are regarded as non-qualifying and this affects the
production qualification,” he added.
DIFF is an annual event which is the
oldest and largest film festivals in Southern Africa. The film
festival started on July 13 and will end on July 23, 2017.
S. Africa hosts international
film festival to lure producers
(Xinhua) -- The 38th Durban International
Film Festival (DIFF) kicked off on Thursday with the aim of
luring more film producers to South Africa.
The DIFF, which will last till July
23, is an annual film festival held in the coustal city of
Durban and one of the oldest and largest film festivals in
In a congratulatory message, South
African Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies said his
department was participating in the DIFF which “is one of the
best platforms a country can promote and showcase the country’s
The SA Department of Trade and
Industry (DTI) was fundingd workshops, dialogues and screening
of productions in support of the festival.
Davies said the platform will be used
to market the department’s South African Emerging Black
Filmmakers Incentive and target producers who qualify.
The incentive includes a rebate of up
to 50 percent for the first 6 million rand (about 450,000 U.S.
dollars) of the Qualifying South African Production Expenditure
(QSAPE) and 25 percent thereafter. No cap is applicable for this
“The incentive objective is still to
create an environment that take advantage of the country’s
diverse and unique locations as well as low production costs
and favorable exchange rates, which makes it significantly
more cost-effective to produce a movie in South Africa than
in Europe, the United States or Australia,” said Davies.
The film industry has enormous
potential in bringing the necessary currency into the economy
and can act as an important vehicle through which technology is
transferred and South African skills base is upgraded, the
The SA government spent 468 million
rand with projected investment of 3.4 billion rand in the
2015/2016 financial year supporting the sector.
Productions to be screened during the
festival include: The Wound, Hard To Get, Double Echo, Hope, The
Killing Floor, The Whale Caller, Winnie, Vaya, The Most
Beautiful Day, Catching Feelings, Mhlola and Asinamali.