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Foreign Film and Television Production and Post-Production Incentive (Foreign Film)

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:
 
Production and post-production

  • Shooting on location in South Africa, the incentive will be calculated at 25% of Qualifying South African Production Expenditure (QSAPE), with a cap of R50 million.
  • An additional incentive of 5% of QSAPE is provided for productions shooting and conducting post-production in South Africa, and utilising the services of a black-owned service company.

Post-production

  • Conduction post-production in South Africa, the incentive is calculated at 20% QSAPPE
  • An additional 2.5% of Qualifying South African Post-Production Expenditure (QSAPPE) is provided for spending at least R10 million of post-production budget in South Africa (22.5% cumulative).
  • Foreign post-production with QSAPPE of R15 million and above, the incentive is calculated at 25% of the QSAPPE.

Eligibility criteria:

Foreign-owned and South African qualifying post-production work with the QSAPE and must be:

  • A minimum of R15 million for all qualifying production formats.
  • A minimum of R12 million for level one (1) B-BBEE contributor status service companies.
  • At least 21 calendar days and 50% of principal photography must be filmed in South Africa; for productions with a minimum QSAPE of R100 million, this requirement may be waived.

Post-production

The QSAPPE must be at least R1.5 million for all qualifying post-production activities:

  • The post-production activities must be carried out in South Africa for at least 14 calendar days, this requirement is waived provided that a 100% of the post-production is conducted in South Africa.
  • Applicant must have secured at least 80% of the total budget.
  • The holding company and SPCV  must achieve at least a level 3 and level 4 B-BBEE contributor status respectively, in terms of the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice.

General conditions

  • The applicant must procure a minimum of 20% of qualifying goods and services from entities which are 51% black-owned by South African citizens and have been operating for at least one year.
  • The applicant must complete and submit an application not early than 45 calendar days prior to the commencement of principal photography    
  • The applicant must demonstrate that they adhere to an industry specific Code of Professional Standards that includes sexual harassment and health and safety protocols.
  • The principal photography must not commence until an approval letter has been received from the dti.

Application Forms and Guidelines:

Contact details:

Applications:

Eliya Ndou  ENdou@thedti.gov.za   +27 (12) 394 1748
Selina Swarahle  SSwaratlhe@thedti.gov.za   +27 (12) 394 1140
Kesentseng Moche  KMoche@thedti.gov.za   +27 (12) 394 5830

Claims:

Zackie Sambo
 ZSambo@thedti.gov.za   +27 (12) 394 1185
Lekatela Makgoba  LBMakgoba@thedti.gov.za   +27 (12) 394 1640