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The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) develops, promotes and coordinates the film and television production industry in South Africa’s wealthiest province.

An agency of the Gauteng Provincial Government, we are tasked with positioning the province as a world-class destination for film-making as well as attracting local and international investments in the film and television industry.

As no one is an island, we too cannot achieve any of our objectives without your participation.

Click on the video link above to see our 2015 – 2020 Supported Audio Visual Productions.

We look forward to working together on various aspects of the film business to improve the standard of South Africa’s, and Africa’s film production.

For more information contact our stakeholder engagement department or visit our website.

Q Ongoing stakeholder engagement is like oxygen to the body.

The Gauteng Film Commission outlines what is happening in the world of audio visual and filmmaking today, as well as the ways in which the GFC is committed to assisting the industry to move towards a sustainable and successful future. Watch and listen over here. The presentation documents and RSVP for the Q&A Session on the 28th April.

Q Filming Permits

South Africa offers attractive incentive schemes, including those offered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF). The South African Revenue Services (Sars) also offers a tax rebate.

Department of Trade and Industry
The DTI offers incentives to increase local content generation and improve location competitiveness for foreign film productions.

The incentives are:

Foreign Film & Television Production Incentive, to attract foreign-based film productions to shoot on location in South Africa.
The South African Film and Television Production and Co-production Incentive, which aims to assist local film producers in the production of local content.
Visit the DTI website for more information.

Industrial Development Corporation
The IDC offers the following financing facilities:

Equity Investment, involving direct investment into a project in the form of ordinary and/or preference equity ownership and participation of up to 49% (minority interest), as the IDC does not seek control or direct management participation.
Commercial Loan/Debt Finance. Term loans up to six years are structured to fit the business cash flow profile (i.e. asset-based finance and working capital). Owners' contribution required for adequate financial structuring of the project.
Venture Loans (quasi-equity). Minority interest in high-risk ventures with high financial returns and developmental impact.
Funding of R1-million or more is available from the IDC.
Due to the complex nature of some of the above funding and tax schemes it is advisable that a tax advisor be consulted.

Visit the IDC website for more information.

National Film and Video Foundation
The NFVF will consider funding support for the production of films and documentaries, either through repayable loans or grants. NFVF funding is primarily as an investment and the foundation recoups its expenditure on delivery of the finished product.

In the case of a co-production, recoupment applies only to the South African distribution component. If a product is not completed, the NFVF reserves the right to be reimbursed. Only South African owned production companies with reasonable experience may apply for production funding in the genres of documentaries, feature films, short and specialised film and video productions, pilot of a television series with broadcast commitment or animation and multimedia projects with an audiovisual component.

The NFVF also accepts applications for funding in the areas of education and training; development; and marketing and distribution.

Visit the NFVF website for more information.

South African Revenue Service Tax Rebate
Due to the complex nature of some of the above funding and tax schemes it is advisable that a tax advisor be consulted.

Q Does the GFC have any Film Incentives?

Film crews are always required to obtain film permits when filming on public spaces such as streets, pavements, sidewalks, government-owned buildings and so on. These permits are issued by local councils in respective regions or areas where shoots take place. The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) recommends that filmmakers apply for permission at least 14 working days before filming is due to start.

The GFC will also help identify suitable filming locations - generic or scenic. Our online Directory offers listings of location scouts, location managers, facilitation companies and location agencies who offer services securing private locations.

For more information on film permits and locations requirements contact the GFC:

Priscilla Kolwane, Information Officer, Gauteng Film Commission
Tel +27 11 833 0409
Fax +27 11 833 0282
For help with permit applications fill in the online Filming Permit Application Form, or email us.

Location Filming Guidelines
The GFC has also issued guidelines to ensure that location filming in Gauteng is efficiently coordinated and to promote responsible location filming practices.

Download Guidelines for Location Filming in Gauteng

Q Locations

Welcome to the Gauteng film Commission's new locations directory, your gateway to the province's perfect locations. Browse the directory by clicking on the categories below, or search using the box on the right above.
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