The Municipal of Cape Town is in charge of safety and security. In 2012, JP Smith was present on the set. During the upcoming summer season, production will begin on a locally produced television series, as well as four international films and advertising for international clients.
The City of Cape Town has accepted 671 filming applications over the course of the past three months. This is a 44 percent increase when compared to the same time period the previous year.
A sector that has been responsible for the creation of thousands of jobs in the Western Cape was dealt a significant blow when the Covid-19 crisis broke out.
On Tuesday, the municipality acknowledged that the rise in bookings was an encouraging sign that the industry was on the road to recovery.
In Cape Town, the filming industry is at its busiest during the summer months. The municipality declared that it would be boosting its support for the film sector as well as monitoring approximately fifty films that were scheduled to film throughout the summer. This was done to ensure that the season would be a success.
In addition to advertisements targeted toward clients all over the world, these projects showcased four international feature-length films as well as locally produced television shows. In January, it was anticipated that production on a number of these will pick back up in Cape Town.
“This is a clear indication that global customers are keen to relocate their firms to Cape Town. This new information encourages me to maintain a positive outlook. According to JP Smith, the MMC for safety and security, “the local film industry, in cooperation with the film office, has put in a great deal of effort over the course of the past year to ensure that our city is open, capable of completing major projects, and gives good value.”
“Through its organization known as Film Cape Town, the city has run a number of different marketing efforts, and it is currently collaborating with the film and television business to promote its products in other countries.
City of Cape Town – The City of Cape Town’s Film Permit Office is assisting and monitoring ten productions, four of which are feature films and six of which are television series.
These works are among the 1,755 permits granted by the office for filming, commercials, television series, or still photography so far in fiscal year 2020/21.
Since the start of the fiscal year and the outbreak of Covid-19, the Film Permit Office has issued a total of 458 permits in the month of January. This is a record for the number of permits issued in a single month.
“We encourage local communities to support the industry while it is filming in their areas because this sector contributes to the local economy and produces thousands of jobs,” said a spokeswoman for the film industry. “We encourage local communities to support the industry while it is filming in their areas.” When movies are shot in a community’s neighborhood, we invite residents there to show their support for the film industry by attending the shoots.
“There has been an increase in bookings, a periodic increase in the number of licenses granted, and renewed interest among international producers in filming in Cape Town in recent months. For example, eight of the ten productions that the Film Permit Office is now assisting and supervising are from other countries “JP Smith, a member of the Mayco committee in charge of safety and security, agreed.
“The film industry contributes significantly to the local community by providing job opportunities for residents.” Every film set necessitates a diverse set of skills, whether in catering, extra work, or production management. We are thrilled that the film industry will be able to employ members of our community for the foreseeable future.
The city has stated that, while it is critical to reopen the film industry, the safety of all those on set remains a top priority. As a result, the city created the Standard Operating Procedures document to ensure that filming takes place in a safe environment despite the pandemic.
To be eligible for a permit, production businesses must guarantee the following:
- A Covid-19 Compliance Officer is used to ensure that all health and safety protocols are followed.
- The total number of people on set should not exceed 75, according to the Minister of Arts and Culture’s directive.
- The production sets and workspaces are routinely disinfected before and after each filming session.
Every member of the cast and crew is given two compliance masks or face shields to wear at all times on set.
“The Film Permit office will continue to be available to assist in any way possible to ensure that these safety standards are followed correctly.” Furthermore, despite the difficulties it is currently facing, it remains committed to continuing to assist the film industry.
Through the Film Cape Town program, we will continue to promote Cape Town as a leading film and media destination. We want the rest of the world to know that Cape Town is ready to welcome film production. “We have stunning settings, talent of the highest caliber, world-class teams, and a film office that is always available to assist in making any and all film productions happen,” Smith continued.
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