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17 January 2011

The NFVF's 2010 Overview

The South African feature film industry appears to have reached a tipping point over the past year, which is indicated by the tripling of entries in this category for consideration in the annual South African Film and Television Awards (which take place in February each year) from six in 2009 to eighteen in 2010. This increase in the number of films eligible for nomination is a direct result of the unprecedented increase in the number of films being produced in the country considering that not all feature films submit applications for nomination. The reasons for this increase are two-fold. By Clarence Hamilton.

Impact of the crisis at the public broadcaster

On the one hand the impact of the continuing crisis at the public service broadcaster, (annually responsible for commissioning approximately R1 billion in independent original programming), can be considered a major factor. The financial woes at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) resulted in a steep decline in such commissions, the loss of hundreds of jobs and the closing down of production companies. The surviving companies have increasingly had to turn towards feature film development and production as well as non-commissioned documentary development and production.

Film and Television incentives

On the other hand, the amendments to the South African Film and Television Production and Co-production Incentive and the Location Film and Television Production Incentive and their efficient administration by the Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) have resulted in a massive stimulus to economic activity in the sector. This is demonstrated by a decrease in the ratio of provisional certificates issued against the number of productions which confirmed commencement of principal photography and or claimed from the incentive. In the 2009/2010 financial year as many as a third of projects granted provisional certificates failed to confirm commencement of principal photography or claim against the rebate. So, in spite of the gloom surrounding the SABC, feature film production, which has been stuck at around nine films per annum for almost a decade, doubled in one single year.

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