Membership to the Cape Film Commission is free. We have a strong local, national and international membership of over 3000 and growing. Members benefit from oursupport of local and inbound productions and our strategy to grow and support the Western Cape film industry with a view to creating a level playing field for all to participate.
The Cape Film Commission is not a government body. It is the only Not for Profit independent film commission in South Africa. Our independence allows us to generate funding through a variety of sponsors. These include the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the National Lotteries Board, MICT SETA and SEDA, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).
The CFC is an official member of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). This officially legitimizes the CFC nationally and internationally and gives CFC members advantages of aglobal network of 300 commissions from 6 continents that facilitates international relationships between film commissioners and with industry decision makers.
We call for local and national educational project proposals annually from our members. We organize funding for those projects which meet the requirements of the sponsors.
In 2014 we received funding confirmation from MICT SETA for bursaries to a project value in excess of R20m, in the fields filmmaking, sound engineering, animation, editing and performance with various institutions both locally and nationally.
Every year we organize funding from the DTI to take delegations of filmmakers to International film festivals such as MIPTV, Cannes Film, Sundance, Tribeca and Berlinale festivals and markets. We organize everything, from calling for applications to scrutinizing and presenting those applications to the DTI, to booking flights and hotels on behalf of successful applicants.
In support of our local TV industry we work closely with the International Emmys in the promotion and development of programming through the hosting of judging sessions and the encouragement for the submission of programming into competition. We are hosting a semi-final judging session for the 2014 International Emmys in Cape Town in July and 10 of our members have been chosen as judges.
The CFC liaises with Home Affairs and international consulates on the issuing of visas and work permits for foreign filmmakers visiting South Africa for filming.
The CFC are the agents for several organisations in relation to film permits and will also assist you where possible with applications to those we do not directly represent.
We are the official partner for the Provincial Government of the Western Cape property portfolio and various Municipalities and Districts within the Province and we work with South African National Parks in various locations throughout the Western Cape.
We offer a free locations service and also provide competitive PL and other insurances.
Our membership system allocates a unique membership number so that we can monitor permits, insurances etc. effectively.
The Cape Film Commission Production and Distribution Company was registered at the suggestion of a City of Cape Town representative to enable the CFC to register and apply for film permits to shoot promotional video and/or photographs of Cape Town. The sole purpose of this is to:
Apart from the benefits set out above members also benefit from regular newsletters and newsflashes which often include work opportunities within the film industry.