There are two types of co-productions:


  • Co-production where creative control is shared between local and foreign partners, and where there is a mix of local and foreign elements in creative positions.
  • Co-production that encompasses 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 four audiovisual co-production treaties with Canada (1997), Italy (2003), Germany (2004) and the United Kingdom (2007). 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. The second advantage of international co-productions is that each of the co-producers brings access to his/her domestic market.

Co-Production Treaties

South Africa & Canada - 1997

South Africa & Germany - 2004

South Africa & Italy - 2003

South Africa & United Kingdom - 2007

South Africa & France - 2010

South Africa & New Zealand - 2011

South Africa & Australia - 2010

South Africa & Ireland - 2012

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