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Trade,Export and Investment Financial Assistance (Incentives)
The South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive (SA Emerging Black Film)
The South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive is available to South African black-owned qualifying productions.
To nurture and capacitate emerging black filmmakers to take up big productions and contribute towards employment opportunities.
- A rebate of 50% on the Qualifying South African Production Expenditure (QSAPE).
- The costs for the purchase of key production equipment may qualify once-off under this incentive programme to a maximum cost-sharing incentive of R2 million.
- South African black-owned qualifying productions and documentaries with a total production budget of R500 000 and above.
- At least 14 calendar days and 80% of principal photography must be filmed in South Africa; for productions with a minimum QSAPE of R50 million, this requirement may be waived.
- A minimum of 75% of the total production budget (TPE) must be QSAPE.
- Both the Director and Producer must be a Black South African citizen who are also credited for their role in the production.
- The top writer and producer credits must include South African citizens either exclusive or shared collaboration credits.
- The majority of the five (5) highest-paid performers must be South African citizens.
- The majority (51%) of Heads of Departments (HODs) and key personnel must be black South African citizens.
- 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.
- Both the holding company and SPCV must achieve at least a level 2 B-BBEE contributor status respectively, in terms of the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice.
- 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: