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M-Net to start M-Net Film and TV Academy

The premium South African and African pay-television brand M-Net is set to create and establish the M-Net Film and TV Academy in 2015 which will aim to expose, train and raise up the next generation of talented content makers within South Africa's vibrant and growing film and television industry. by Thinus Ferreira

The announcement of the creation of an M-Net Film and TV Academy was made by Yolisa Phahle, the new M-Net South Africa CEO, in front of a crowd of 400 high profile TV executives, TV talent, government and regulatory officials and guilds and union representatives at M-Net and MultiChoice's Galaxy of Stars celebration event held on Saturday evening.

Phahle's announcement of the creation of an M-Net Film and Television Academy was met with spontaneous and rapturous applause from the South African film and TV industry power players attending the exclusive, by invitation only, Gallagher Estate event.

The South African pay-TV broadcaster's growing collection of premium TV channels are seen in South Africa and across the African continent on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform and its digital terrestrial pay-TV offering GOtv.

M-Net will set up the M-Net Film and TV Academy through M-Net Magic in Motion, the newly rebranded name of its social investment arm. The M-Net Cares brand has been replaced with the M-Net Magic in Motion brand.

‘Growing the next generation of film and television’

"M-Net is working to implement this exciting new programme to harness the talent and potential of young South Africans. We will groom and grow the next generation of South African film and television," said Yolisa Phahle.

"So starting next year M-Net will deliver an annual film academy that will create a pool of work-ready talented graduates who could hit the industry, bringing with them fresh ideas and new perspectives".

"The launch of this premier finishing school will be preceded next month by a career Exposition, and we're planning to expose students – especially those from previously disadvantaged communities – to the magic that is our world, and also to some of the most rewarding and some of the most challenging and varied opportunities in our industry" said Phahle.

"M-Net has a proud legacy of investment and achievement, and with our Academy and our Expo, we will be growing that legacy".

"Most important of all is our continued commitment to the transformation of our industry. Because I believe that all sustainable business is a consequence of not just serving your immediate consumers or viewers or customers."

"I know that the way to do well, is to make sure that you serve not only consumers, but communities, cities, and your country," said Phahle.

"It is in this way, with your continued co-operation, collaboration, that together we can create a long-lasting film and television industry in Africa, for Africans".

M-Net and MultiChoice's Galaxy of Stars made-for-TV event will be broadcast on 9 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 14:00 and on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 21:30
Source: Channel 24 

South African DTI production and post-production incentives


The South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has developed incentives to attract international investment and production as well as to assist South African filmmakers in developing local content.

The Foreign Film and Television Production and Post-Production Incentive is geared towards increasing skills, creativity and employment opportunities within the local film industry by promoting the country as a valuable production destination to international players.

The Foreign Film and Television Production and Post-Production Incentive offers:

• Shooting on location in South Africa, the incentive is 20% of the Qualifying South African Production Expenditure (QSAPE) - there is no cap for this incentive
• Shooting on location in South Africa and conducting post-production with a Qualifying SA Post-Production Expenditure (QSAPPE) in SA of R1.5m, the incentive is 22,5% of QSAPE and QSAPPE (an additional 2,5%, cumulative 22,5%)
• Shooting on location in South Africa and conducting post-production with a QSAPPE of R3m and more in South Africa, the incentive is 25% of QSAPE and QSAPPE (an additional 5%, cumulative 25%)
• Foreign post-production with QSAPPE of R1.5m, the incentive is 22,5% of QSAPPE
• Foreign post-production with QSAPPE of R3m and more the incentive is 25% of QSAPPE

Incentives are granted to foreign-owned qualifying productions and South African qualifying post-production work where:

• QSAPE is R12m and more, provided that at least 50% of the principal photography schedule is filmed in South Africa, for a minimum of four weeks
• QSAPPE is R1.5m and more, provided that 100% of the post-production is conducted in South Africa, for a minimum of two weeks
• An applicant must be a Special Purpose Corporate Vehicle (SPCV) incorporated in the Republic of South Africa solely for the purpose of the production and/or post-production of the film or television project
• An applicant must be the entity responsible for all activities involved in the production and/or post-production in South Africa and must have access to full financial information for the whole production and post-production worldwide
• Only one entity per production and/or post-production for film, animation and television drama or documentary series is eligible for the incentive
• The applicant must comply fully with its obligations in terms of the Legal Deposit Act 54 of 1997
• The DTI requires both the SPV and the parent company of the SPV to achieve a minimum level of compliance with regard to Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). This is determined in accordance with a points scoring system and is subject to independent verification
• The final application must include a DVD of the final film, including the end-crawl (closing credits)
• The DTI requires a credit in the end-crawl, which must include its official logo
• A feature film must be no less than 90 minutes (including end credits) and a television series may be no more than 13 episodes of one hour each

The DTI only pays the rebate upon submission of the final application, which may only take place upon completion of the production (completion is defined as the date upon which the project is ready for distribution, exhibition or broadcast).

The main focus of the South African Local Production and Post-Production Incentive is to encourage the creation of local content and to increase employment opportunities in the country.

The rebate is calculated as 35% of the first R6m of QSAPE and 25% of the QSAPE on amounts above R6m.

South African Local Production and Post-Production Incentives are granted to productions which:

• Qualify as a South African film or as a South African co-production under an official co-production treaty. Coproduction certification is administered by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)
• Special Purpose Corporate Vehicles (SPCV) incorporated in the Republic of South Africa solely for the purpose of the production of the film or television project
• The SPCV and parent company or companies must have a majority of South African shareholders of whom at least one shareholder must play an active role in the production and be accredited in that role
• An applicant must be the entity responsible for all activities involved in making the production in South Africa and must have access to full financial information for the whole production
• Only one film production, television drama or documentary series per entity is eligible for the incentive
• The following formats are eligible: feature films, tele-movies, television drama series, documentaries and animation. The DTI is in the process of adding digital content and gaming
• The incentive is available only to qualifying South African productions with a total production budget of R2.5m and more. However, the DTI is in the process of making the rebate available for projects that do not undertake shooting in South Africa but undertake a certain level of post-production within South Africa.

If the film is not bonded, the DTI only pays the rebate upon submission of the Final Application, which may only take place upon completion of the production (completion is defined as the date upon which the project is ready for distribution / exhibition / broadcast).

If the film is bonded the DTI will pay the rebate at milestones during the production process, as follows:

• % of rebate Milestone
• 20% Confirmation of Completion Bond
• 20% Start of principal photography
• 20% Completion of principle photography
• 20% Commencement of post-production
• 20% Submission of the Final Application

DTI contacts
Wendy Mphahlele: WMphahlele@thedti.gov.za +27 (12) 394 1876
Rudi Siefert: RSiefert@thedti.gov.za +27 (12) 394 1270
Source: Screen Africa
Visit the DTI website for a full list of application forms and guidelines.


The 9th South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs 2015) call for entries is NOW OPEN!

It is that time of the year when the film and television industry prepare for the biggest event in the film calendar, The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), South Africa’s custodian of film is calling on all local production companies to submit their entries for the 9th Annual SAFTAs.

As announced by the NFVF CEO Ms. Zama Mkosi at the Durban International Film Festival’s press conference, the entries opened on Friday 18th July 2014 and will close on Tuesday the 19th of August 2014. “The industry hosted a very successful 8th SAFTAs in April 2014. We anticipate another spectacular event that would honour, celebrate and reward South African talent on and off the screen. We therefore urge eligible productions to submit their entries before the closing date,” says Ms. Mkosi. NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED. To allow feature films that will screen later in the year an opportunity to be submitted at the right time, the SAFTAs committee has provided producers ample time to enter the SAFTAs. The closing date for the Feature Film submission will be the 30th of October 2014.

Ms. Mkosi further highlighted that, “We are proud to announce that the committee has decided to honour presenters by creating a Best Presenter in TV Non-Fiction award. In addition, we have answered to the call to separate youth and children categories by creating the Best Youth award and Best Children’s award. This will ensure that the best talents are honoured in the right categories.”

The SAFTAs, managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation, are an industry initiative governed by the SAFTAS committee and the body of industry representatives comprising of the broadcasters, SASFED and other key stakeholders.

Only television and film programmes that have been produced and publicly exhibited or broadcast between 1st of Aug 2013 - 31 July 2014 and feature films produced & publicly exhibited between 1st of Jan 2014 - 31 December 2014 will be considered. Only productions that are entered will be eligible for consideration.

The SAFTAs give recognition to individuals and productions that have excelled in the following categories: TV Non-fiction, TV Fiction, Feature Films, Short Films, Student Films and Animation. The awards also celebrate film and television industry legends who have long served in various fields of the industry through the Special Lifetime Achievement award.

For the 09th Annual SAFTAs complete rules and entry guidelines visit www.saftaregistration.co.za

The submission of entries will be followed by the filtration judging process, which will then be followed by the final judging process. The nominees will be announced in February 2015.

The main awards ceremonies will be held on the 20th and 21st of March 2015 in Johannesburg where all winners will be announced and be presented with the official SAFTA trophy, the Golden Horn.

The industry is urged register on the SAFTAs registration website, complete the electronic forms and to drop off all required material before or no later than Tuesday 19th of August 2014 at 16h00 for attention:

Lala Tuku:  SAFTA: project coordinator

87 Central Street

Houghton

Johannesburg

SAFTA registration website: www.saftaregistration.co.za

For any further enquiries please email saftas@nfvf.co.za

naomim@nfvf.co.za

www.nfvf.co.za

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