3 September 2020
The City of Cape Town Film Office is gearing up for the high season.
The Cape Town film office resumed permit operations in May having suspended processes due to the national lockdown in March.
It has since issued 245 film permits since May, with 193 of those permits coming over the last two months.
The office’s staff are also currently monitoring two feature films, two series, three commercials, two stills shoots and two documentaries.
Despite being in low season, all film office officials are fully operational, working remotely and engaging clients virtually.
The office is in the process of welcoming seasonal workers to assist with the extra workload in high season.
The City is also working with Wesgro to assist local producers lobby for international clients including location scouts, directors and actors to be allowed to fly into the country for business purposes.
Allowing foreign filmmakers into the country for this purpose would help the film industry unlock a range of business opportunities and retain crucial jobs.
The City has frozen location fees for filming on municipal property to assist the industry in reducing costs.
This is the third straight financial year the City has shown its support for this important sector of the economy.
The film office has emphasised, with increased productions, it is important to ensure compliance with COVID-19 health and safety regulations.
The Film Cape Town Standard Operating Procedure requires all film sets and production workspaces to follow the protocols.
This is one of the requirements part of the permitting process.