International investors show interest in SA film industry


Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina said he was encouraged by the interest shown by international investors in South Africa as a film production destination and location.

Masina met with international producers during the 68th Annual Cannes Film festival, where he is leading a delegation of twenty emerging filmmakers.

In a statement issued on Sunday, he said: “In all our meetings with investors we did not only market South Africa as a destination and location of choice, but also stated the need for them to work with South African script writers and producers to develop a South African story that can be successful commercially and internationally.”

Masina said there was general consensus amongst the foreign investors that the incentive schemes offered by the Department of trade and Industry, (the dti) were good on a comparative basis internationally and very well administered.

“From 2008-2013 the number of South African film productions have increased from 49 projects to 398 projects of which 256 were South African productions, 77 co-productions and 65 foreign productions. The productions led to an expenditure of R8 billion,” added Masina.

He further said since the launch of the South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive scheme in September last year until the end of April 2015, the dti had approved 15 projects with an incentive value of R42.7 million with production expenditure of R93.8 million.

As part of the dti strategy to promote South African emerging black filmmakers, the dti would further participate in the Toronto International Film Festival later this year.
Source: The Citizen 17 May 2015



Last minute: Ivorian hit series “African Chronicles” to air on StarTimes  this september 2015

After winning its best serie trophy at the Fespaco film festival, Ivory Coast’s production company ZIV licensed its award-winning drama series AFRICAN CHRONICLES (14 x 26 min) to African pay-TV platform StarTimes.

It will be the first time that a series from Ivory coast will air on the network.

The series will air prime time on StarTimes Africa 2 channel this September, dubbed in English. This is the first time an Ivorian series will be featured on a pay-TV platform in the region and in most English speaking African countries.

Currently broadcast on Canalsat channel A+, African Chronicles ( Chroniques Africaines in French ) has become, since its premiere in october, a widely popular & critically acclaimed series in French speaking territories thanks to its innovative format for an African TV series and ground-breaking real-life stories.

This first African scripted-reality is created by director Marie Amon & co-written with producer Alexandra Amon.

Both will be attending this year’s edition of DISCOP ABIDJAN on june 2nd ; the stand for the ZIV company is MT 42.

Watch the trailer for African Chronicles.

Visit the  ZIV website for more  information.