A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 14 of June 2012 in Johannesburg, between Gauteng Film Commission (GFC)’s Acting Chief executive, Mzwandile Masina, and the Chief Executive Officer, Yoliswa Makhasi of Film Publication Board (FPB) for the benefit of the film Industry.
This MoU supports the mutual objectives of both GFC and FPB to create distribution channels and to regulate distribution of films and publication with the aim of developing and growing the film Industry.
GFC is an agency of the provincial government tasked with the development and promotion of the audiovisual industries in Gauteng. Having such MOU in place will reduce the distribution and the consumption of unregulated content.
In 2011, at least 253 commercials were produced and shot in Gauteng. This figure Constituted 40% of commercials produced nationally. In the past financial year the Commission funded 23 short films, feature films, documentaries and television productions collectively worth R2.8 million. Through the GFC filming permit facilitation service, 192 films were shot in Gauteng in the last financial year. Overall, the GFC has contributed to 7091 permanent and temporary jobs through film project funding and filming permit facilitation.
Pursuant to the transformation agenda, the commission has provided skills development opportunities in the film and television sectors to 843 film makers.
The Commission will continue to implement its programmes as per its current mandate, including supporting emerging filmmakers, promoting the province both locally and internationally as a preferred film destination, conducting ongoing research and development initiatives, as well as delivering professional film commission services.
Issued by Gauteng Film Commission