Filmmaking Overview


The South African Film industry is growing at a competitive rate. The industry competes internationally in areas such as providers of quality content, creative workmanship, and as a service region. South Africa has a long history of film production and is therefore among the oldest film industries in the world. Over the past ten years the industry has produced an array of award winning films, television series, documentaries and commercials. 

Some of the best local and international films to be shot in South Africa include: Yesterday, Tsotsi, UCarmen Ekhayelitsha, Hotel Rwanda, Catch a Fire, Lord of War, Blood Diamond, District 9 and Invictus. Co-production treaties continue to enhance South African collaboration with international production houses, exposing the local industry to global skills and standards.

South Africa’s creative crew has globally competitive talents and expertise. The industry’s visual effects specialists and animators are fast gaining recognition and add to the greater value of local expertise.

The local industry was also given a boost with the establishment of a R500 million film studio on just under 200ha of land in Cape Town. Along with private shareholders, The Cape Town Film Studios is supported by national, provincial and local governments enabling films to be made a significantly reduced rates which has attracted international filmmakers.

Additional Resources

Click on the links below to see the national festivals we support and roadshows we participate in. We also have videos from our In Conversation With series that happens during films festivals.

Click on the relevant link below

Co-production treaties and guidelines

Film and television production incentives

Find a Crew (database search)

Industry organisations





Call for Proposals: YOUTH Filmmaker’s Project
Call for Proposals: FEMALE Filmmaker’s Project
SUMBMISSION OF THE LONGLIST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NOMINATIONS OF CANDIDATES TO SERVE ON THE COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FOUNDATION
NFVF-FUNDED SHORT FILM ‘THE SUIT’ SELECTED FOR MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The NFVF Call for Cycle 3 Applications has been extended to the 9th of February 2017