Filming In The Western Cape

Incentives

Incentives to Film in South Africa

The South African Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) offers two incentives to promote the South African film production and post-production industry:

  • Foreign Film and TV Production and Post-Production incentive, to attract foreign-based film productions to shoot on location in South Africa and conduct post-production activities;
  • South African Film and Television Production and Co-Productionincentive, to assist local film producers in the production of local content.

Foreign Film & Television Production & Post-Production Incentive

The objectives of this incentive are to attract large-budget films and television productions and post-production work that will create employment, increase SA’s creative and technical skills base and enhance its international profile. The incentives are:

  • Shooting on location in SA, the incentive is 20% of the Qualifying South African Production Expenditure (QSAPE). There is no cap for this incentive;
  • Shooting on location in SA and conducting post-production with a Qualifying SA Post-Production Expenditure (QSAPPE) in SA of R1.5 million, the incentive is 22,5% of QSAPE and QSAPPE (an additional 2,5%, cumulative 22,5%);
  • Shooting on location in SA and conducting post-production with a QSAPPE of R3 million and more in SA, the incentive is 25% of QSAPE and QSAPPE (an additional 5%, cumulative 25%).
  • Foreign post-production with QSAPPE of R1.5 million, the incentive is 22,5% of QSAPPE;
  • Foreign post-production with QSAPPE of R3 million and more the incentive is 25% of QSAPPE

Eligibility

Incentives are granted to foreign-owned qualifying productions and SA qualifying post-production work where:

  • QSAPE is R12 million and more, provided that at least 50% of the principal photography schedule is filmed in SA, for a minimum of four weeks.
  • QSAPPE is R1.5 million and more, provided that 100% of the post-production is conducted in SA, 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.
  • The DTI requires both the SPV and the parent company of the SPV to achieve a minimum level of compliance with regard to Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). This is determined in accordance with a points scoring system and is subject to independent verification.
  • The final application must include a DVD of the final film, including the endcrawl.
  • The DTI requires a credit in the end-crawl, which must include its official logo.
  • A feature film must be no less than 90 minutes (including end credits) and a television series may be no more than 13 episodes of one hour each.

Payment of Rebate

The DTI only pays the rebate upon submission of the Final Application, which may only take place upon completion of the production (completion is defined as the date upon which the project is ready for distribution / exhibition / broadcast).

Contacts at the DTI

For more in-depth information about this incentive please download the relevant PDF/s below and/or contact either of the following at the DTI:

  • Wendy Mphahlele    WMphahlele@thedti.gov.za     +27 (12) 394 1876
  • Rudi Siefert    RSiefert@thedti.gov.za     +27 (12) 394 1270

Application Forms and Guidelines, etc  

South African Local Production & Post Production Incentive

The objectives of this incentive are to support the local film industry and to contribute towards employment opportunities in South Africa. The rebate is calculated as 35% of the first R6 million of QSAPE and 25% of the QSAPE on amounts above R6 million.

Eligibility  

  • The over-arching requirement is that the project qualifies as a SA film or as a SA Co-Production under an official Co-Production treaty. Coproduction certification is administered by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF);
  • 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 or companies 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 DTI is in the process of adding digital content         and gaming;
  • The incentive is available only to qualifying South African productions with a total production budget of R2.5 million and more. However, the DTI is in the process of making the rebate available for projects that do not undertake shooting in South Africa but undertake a certain level of post-production within South Africa.

Payment of Rebate

If the film is not bonded, the DTI only pays the rebate upon submission of the Final Application, which may only take place upon completion of the production (completion is defined as the date upon which the project is ready for distribution / exhibition / broadcast).

If the film is bonded the DTI will pay the rebate at milestones during the production process, as follows:

  • % of rebate Milestone;
  • 20% Confirmation of Completion Bond;
  • 20% Start of principal photography;
  • 20% Completion of principle photography;
  • 20% Commencement of post-production;
  • 20% Submission of the Final Application.

Contacts at the DTI

For more in-depth information about this incentive please download the relevant PDF/s below and/or contact either of the following at the DTI:

Application Forms and Guidelines etc.

 



 
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