FAQs about the South African Film Industry

How many films are produced in South Africa each year?

In 2017 a total of 222 films were released, of which 23 of those films originated from South Africa. Out of the 23 local titles released, 2 of those were official co-productions, namely, Love by chance, a SA/USA production and Accident a SA/FRA production.

What is South Africa’s highest grossing film?

Schuks Tshabalala's Survival Guide to South Africa at R38 million

What is the market share of South African films?

In 2017 The market share for domestic films was 4%, the market share for SA produced films in the first half of 2018 was 3%.

How many cinema screens are there in South Africa?

+- 800 screens in more than 70 complexes

How much does the film industry contribute to the South African economy?

According to the NFVF 2017 Economic Impact of the SA film industry report:

  • A direct impact of R4.4 billion on economic production, leading to a rise in total production in the economy to approximately R12.2 billion.
  • The net operational expenditure produced in the four financial years analysed in the study amounted to R17.5 billion.
  • During the 2016/17 financial year, the net operational expenditure of the film and video industry was R4.4 billion.

What is the size of the film industry?

Estimated Size 

Pre-production - 3%

Production - 89%

Post-production - 3%

Distribution - 5%

Total Market Size R 1 255 560 830 

The Production stage of the SAFI’s value chain has the highest expenditure, accounting for roughly 89% of the entire industry

What is the film industry Multiplier Effect?  

The employment multiplier increased by a multiple of 4.9 for every R1 invested. Therefore, the South African film industry created an increase in employment, which essentially meant that an additional two people benefitted from the new income derived from the direct, indirect and induced jobs created in the 2016/17 financial year. 





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