Co-production is a general term that covers a variety of production arrangements between two or more production companies undertaking a television, film or other video project. International co-production refers to the situation of two or more production enterprises from different countries undertaking such projects.

There are two types of co-productions:

  1. Creative control is shared between local and foreign partners, and there is a mix of local and foreign  people in creative positions.

  2. A straightforward co-financing arrangement (finance only) in which one partner provides partial funding while another company undertakes the actual production.

To date South Africa has entered into co- production treaties with Canada (1997), Italy (2003), Germany (2004) and the United Kingdom (2007), France (2010), New Zealand (2011) and Ireland (2012). South Africa will continue to enter into future co-production treaties with various countries for the benefit of the industry.

The effect of these agreements is that a film or television program, which is approved as an official co-production, is regarded as a national production of each of the co-producing countries, and is therefore eligible to apply for any benefits or programs of assistance available in either country. An additonal advantage is that each of the co-producers brings access to their domestic market.

Co-Production Treaties

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Co-Production Application and Guidelines

The application procedure for a film to qualify as an official co-production has two steps: 

  1. Each co-producer needs to apply for an Advance Ruling from the relevant authority in their home country at least 30 days before principal photography.

  2. At the end of the production an application for Final Ruling must be completed and submitted together with the required documentation.

The NFVF has prepared guidelines to assist producers in making their application. The guidelines outline the application procedure and the requirements for submission of projects applying for an advance ruling. To apply for advance or final ruling of a co-production project please download the guidlines and relevant application form below.

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Guidance notes on official co-productions

Application form for Advance Ruling of a Co-Production project

Application form for Final Ruling of a Co-Production project

Application form for Issue of a Certificate of Nationality

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