9 423 jobs cre­ated this year

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BUSI­NESS KAREN PRE­TO­RIUS Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Luke Folb

THE film in­dus­try’s thirst for Cape Town as a film lo­ca­tion is on the uptick fol­low­ing con­cerns the drought sent in­ter­na­tional crews to greener pas­tures.

Min­is­ter of Trade and In­dus­try Rob Davies vis­ited the sets of three for­eign films at the Cape Town Stu­dios in Faure this week.

He said dur­ing 2016/2017, the film in­dus­try cre­ated 6029 full-time jobs, and 9423 jobs in 2017/2018.

Lo­cal films cre­ated the high­est num­ber of jobs at 6334 while for­eign films had the high­est mul­ti­plier of in­vest­ment.

“Dur­ing the past fi­nan­cial year, 99 film projects were ap­proved, of which 22 were through the For­eign Film and Pro­duc­tion and Post-Pro­duc­tion In­cen­tive, with pro­jected in­vest­ment of R2.2 bil­lion and in­cen­tive of R468.5mil­lion,” said Davies.

The three pro­duc­tions Davies vis­ited, War­rior Sea­son 1, War­rior Sea­son 2 and Raised by Wolves, at­tracted around R200 mil­lion in gov­ern­ment in­cen­tives.

The di­rec­tor of Film Afrika En­ter­tain­ment, Rudi van As, said the in­cen­tive was the life blood of the South African film in­dus­try – one of the fastest-grow­ing eco­nomic sec­tors.

“We are de­lighted by the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try’s (DTI) ac­knowl­edge­ment of the huge con­tri­bu­tion made by in­ter­na­tional TV se­ries to sus­tain­able job cre­ation,” said Van As.

Ac­cord­ing to the DTI, the pro­duc­tion of War­rior Sea­son 1 will spend more than R342m for pro­duc­tion and post-pro­duc­tion over nine weeks while War­rior Sea­son 2 will shoot more than 20 weeks with a spend of more than R329m, in­clu­sive of pro­duc­tion and post-pro­duc­tion.

The qual­i­fy­ing lo­cal spend on the pro­duc­tion of Raised by Wolves, di­rected by Sir Ri­d­ley Scott, will be about R593m, shoot­ing over 22 weeks next year and beyond with the help of Film Afrika En­ter­tain­ment.

War­rior Sea­son 1 and 2 are pro­duced by Amer­i­can ca­ble and satel­lite TV net­work Home Box Of­fice (HBO), which also pro­duced Game of Thrones.

Mon­ica Rorvik, the head of film and me­dia pro­mo­tion at the in­vest­ment agency Wes­gro, said while the drought im­pacted the film in­dus­try, there were ad­van­tages too as the city could be pro­moted as be­ing wa­ter-re­silient.

“Many com­pa­nies want to make films with green prac­tices,” said Rorvik, adding that there has been a “no­table re­cov­ery” in the in­dus­try.

“With the dti sta­bil­is­ing their in­cen­tives as of Septem­ber 1 for an­other three years, we hope to see a con­tin­ued uptick,” she said.

City of Cape Town may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for safety and se­cu­rity JP Smith said the drought was not the only fac­tor af­fect­ing the in­dus­try as “the global film in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­enced a down­turn”.

Smith said the in­dus­try ini­ti­ated many wa­ter-sav­ing mea­sures it­self, wa­ter needs of film com­pa­nies were far less than re­quired by events, and they had a wa­ter plan for each com­mer­cial or film they did. |


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