The City of Cape Town’s Film Permit Office is currently facilitating and monitoring 10 productions, including four feature films and six television series. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)
The City of Cape Town’s Film Permit Office is currently facilitating and monitoring 10 productions, including four feature films and six television series. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

10 film productions under way in Cape Town as sector gains stability

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Feb 18, 2021

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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town’s Film Permit Office is facilitating and monitoring 10 productions, including four feature films and six television series.

These productions are among 1 755 film, commercial, TV series and stills photography permits issued so far by the office in the 2020/21 financial year.

In January, the Film Permit Office issued 458 permits, the most for a single month since the start of the financial year and the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Over the last couple of months, there’s been an improvement in bookings, a periodic increase in the number of permits issued and renewed interest by international producers to film in Cape Town. For instance, of the 10 productions the Film Permit Office is currently facilitating and monitoring, eight are international productions,” said Mayco member for Safety and Security, JP Smith.

“The film industry plays a substantial role in supporting locals with job opportunities. Each film set requires a variety of skills, be it catering, extras or production management. We are happy that the film industry can continue to support our residents through job opportunities.”

The City said that while is important to return the film industry to its full operation, the safety of all those on set remains a priority, which is why it developed the Standard Operating Procedures document to ensure filming is conducted in a safe environment amid pandemic.

For a permit to be granted, production companies have to ensure that:

  • A Covid-19 Compliance Officer is employed to enforce health and safety protocols.
  • The number of people on set should not exceed 75, as directed by the Arts and Culture Minister.
  • Regular disinfection of production sets/workspaces before and after filming takes place.
  • All crew and cast are provided with two compliant masks or face shields to be worn at all times on set.

“The Film Permit office remains open to assist where possible in ensuring these safety protocols are properly implemented. It also remains committed to providing support to the film industry through this difficult period.

“Through the Film Cape Town initiative, we are continuing to promote Cape Town as a premiere film and media destination. We want the rest of the world to know that Cape Town is open for the film business. We have beautiful locations, talent, world-class crews and a film office that is always there to assist in making all film productions happen,“ added Smith.

For more information on the protocols, visit: filmcapetown.com

Cape Argus

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