As a service to both media, film and TV crew planning to visit South Africa and Gauteng for the Confederations Cup in June this year and the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) has compiled detailed guidelines. These are available on the GFC website as a pdf (go to www.gautengfilm.co.za).

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Click here to download the Location Gauteng: Media and crew guidelines for Confederations and the World Cup
Gauteng will play host to major matches during both events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Gauteng will also host the official FIFA broadcast centre.

All media professionals must register for official accreditation. In addition to being accredited for events, accredited media can also access FIFA's Media Channel. As a registered user, you will have access to extensive media information as well as access to detailed calendar of events with listings of all FIFA and partner media events. You will also be able to access an address book that will include contact details of fellow media professionals as well as information about stadia media centres and other media facilities, transportation, media parking, participating team- related activities including training sessions and special media announcements, etc.

The FIFA Media Channel includes the match ticket application tool to request match tickets for accredited media professionals. In the course of the tournaments, media access to stadia as well as other official designated venues including hotels, training stadia and official fan parks will require media accreditation.

Pre and post tournament media tours have been scheduled for travel journalists wishing to cover South Africa as a travel destination and also to showcase the new developments in transportation facilities and discovery of new filming locations around Gauteng.

Regarding locations and public filming requirements, the GFC will assist in identifying film locations and also offers listings of location scouts, location managers, facilitation companies and location agencies who offer services securing private locations. It's important to note that filming on any civic or municipal property in Gauteng requires permission from the local authority concerned. Permissions must also be obtained for filming on all roads, sidewalks or government-owned buildings.

The GFC guidelines will also provide you with information on how to access the up-to-date and comprehensive sector database for the audiovisual industry. The directory covers all service providers required for the production of film, television, documentaries, commercials, stills photography, multimedia, as well as providing access to a wide range of specialist services and functions ranging from script development and film direction to post-production, financing, deal making, distribution, exhibition and broadcasting.