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Film Incentive (Film Incentive)

Description

The South African Government offers a package of incentives to promote its film production and post-production industry. The incentives consist of the Foreign Film and Television Production and Post-Production incentive to attract foreign-based film productions to shoot on location in South Africa and conduct post-production activities, and the South African Film and Television Production and Co-Production incentive, which aims to assist local film producers in the production of local content. The South African Emerging Black Filmmakers incentive, a sub-programme of the South African Film and Television Production and Co-production Incentive, which aims to assist local emerging black filmmakers to nurture and grow them to take up big productions and thus contribute towards employment creation.

  • Film Incentive Application Cut-Off Dates for 2015

To all prospective applicants to the Film and TV Production Incentive. the dti makes available the cut off date for applications for the Film and TV Production Incentive for the 2015 monthly meeting schedule

Foreign Film and Television Production and Post-Production Incentive

Objectives:

To encourage and attract large-budget films and television productions and post-production work that will contribute towards employment creation, enhancement of international profile, and increase the country’s creative and technical skills base.

Benefits:

  • Shooting on location in South Africa, the incentive will be calculated as 20% of the Qualifying South African Production Expenditure (QSAPE). No cap will apply for this incentive.

  • Shooting on location in South Africa and conducting post-production with a Qualifying South African Post-Production Expenditure (QSAPPE) of R1.5 million in South Africa, the incentive will be calculated at 22,5% of QSAPE and QSAPPE (an additional 2,5%, cumulative 22,5%)

  • Shooting on location in South Africa and conducting post-production with a QSAPPE of R3 million and above in South Africa, the incentive will be calculated as 25% of QSAPE and QSAPPE (an additional 5%, cumulative 25%).

  • Foreign post-production with QSAPPE of R1.5 million, the incentive is calculated at 22,5% of QSAPPE.

  • Foreign post-production with QSAPPE of R3 million and above the incentive is calculated at 25% of QSAPPE.

Eligible Enterprises:

Foreign-owned qualifying productions and South African qualifying post-production work with:

  • QSAPE of R12 million and above, provided that at least 50% of the principal photography schedule is filmed in South Africa, for a minimum of four weeks.

  • QSAPPE of R1.5 million and above, provided that 100% of the post-production is conducted in South Africa, for a minimum of two weeks.

  • An applicant must be a Special Purpose Corporate Vehicle (SPCV) incorporated in the Republic of South Africa solely for the purpose of the production and/or post-production of the film or television project.

  • An applicant must be the entity responsible for all activities involved in the production and/or post-production in South Africa and must have access to full financial information for the whole production and post-production worldwide.

  • Only one entity per production and/or post-production for film, animation and television drama or documentary series is eligible for the incentive.

  • The applicant must comply fully with its obligations in terms of the Legal Deposit Act 54 of 1997.

Application Forms and Guidelines:

 

SA Film & TV Production and Co-production

Objectives:

To support the local film industry and to contribute towards employment opportunities in South Africa.

Benefits:

  • The rebate is calculated as 35% of the first R6 million of QSAPE and 25% of the QSAPE on amounts above R6 million.

Eligible Enterprises:  

  • Special Purpose Corporate Vehicles (SPCV) incorporated in the Republic of South Africa solely for the purpose of the production of the film or television project. The SPCV and parent company(ies) must have a majority of South African shareholders of whom at least one shareholder must play an active role in the production and be accredited in that role. 

  • An applicant must be the entity responsible for all activities involved in making the production in South Africa and must have access to full financial information for the whole production. 

  • Only one film production, television drama or documentary series per entity is eligible for the incentive.

  • The following formats are eligible: feature films, tele-movies, television drama series, documentaries and animation.

  • The incentive is available only to qualifying South African productions with a total production budget of R2.5 million and above.

Application Forms and Guidelines:

The South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive

The South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive is available to South African black-owned qualifying productions. 

Objectives:

To nurture and capacitate emerging black filmmakers to take up big productions and contribute towards employment opportunities.

Benefits:

A rebate of up to 50% for the first R6 million of the Qualifying South African Production Expenditure (QSAPE) and 25% thereafter. No cap is applicable for this rebate.

Eligible Enterprises:

  • South African black-owned qualifying productions with a total production budget of R1 million and above.

  • An applicant must be a registered Special Purpose Corporate Vehicle (SPCV) incorporated in the Republic of South Africa solely for the purpose of the production of the film or television project.

  • Have been in existence, operational and involved in the film industry for at least six months, with at least a 10-minute trailblazer or short film produced.

  • The holding/service company(ies) must have at least 65% South African black shareholders and the SPCV at least 75% South African black shareholders, of which the majority must play an active role in the production and be credited in that role.

  • An applicant must be the entity responsible for all the activities in the making of the production and must have access to full financial information for the entire production.

  • Both the applicant SPCV and holding/service company(ies) must comply with the requirements for B-BBEE as issued in the Government Gazette of 11 October 2013 in terms of the Codes of Good Practice.

  • Both the applicant SPCV and holding/service company (ies) must achieve at least a level three B-BBEE contribution status in terms of the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice.

  • Both the applicant SPCV and holding/service company (ies) must submit a valid B-BBEE certificate issued by an accredited verification agency at application stage.

  • Only one film production, television drama or documentary series per entity per application is eligible for the incentive.

Minister Davies at the Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive launch:

Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina addressing the audience:

Application Forms and Guidelines:

Contacts:

Wendy Mphahlele  MphahleleW@thedti.gov.za    +27 (12) 394 1876 
Lehlohonolo Mokhosi  LMokhosi@thedti.gov.za  +27 (12) 394 5632