InvestSA

Film, TV and documentaries

Overview

South Africa’s film industry is around 100 years old, but came into its own post-apartheid, and has proved its worth both as a venue for international blockbusters such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Blood Diamonds, Safe, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, the 3D comic-book adventure Dredd and the television drama Mary and Martha, starring Hilary Swank. Locally focused productions such as Tsotsi and District 9 have also started to make their mark.

Value proposition

Strong and continuing government support in the form of incentives to the film and television sectors has helped them become firmly entrenched on the global stage for film and television production, while supporting local production and employment creation.

Opportunities

South Africa’s film industry provides opportunities for pre- and post-production facilities as well as other services supporting the industry such as special effects, design and making of costumes, décor or film sets and animation. A solid skills base has developed, and lower labour costs thanks to favourable foreign exchange differences make investment in productions or co-productions attractive.