In association with Film & Event Publishing, the GFC hosted an industry networking wrap event at the Radisson Blu Cape Town last week (30 September). This follows on from the highly successful breakfast hosted in December last year, which targeted producers and production houses working in Gauteng, and was held in association with Film Event Management and the Commercial Producers Association.

According to GFC�s Senior Marketing Manager, Jacques Stoltz: �It is clear that the Cape and Gauteng industries are much more integrated than is usually give credit to. Hopefully, our presence will become an annual initiative that will also see the Cape � Gauteng roundtables coming to Johannesburg. Our view remains that while the Gauteng and the Western Cape industries may compete as locations, the reality is that we service a single South African industry � and that our locations should be seen to be complementary. We would therefore welcome the Cape Film Commission in Gauteng on a similar exchange.�

In addition to the wrap, the GFC also met with individual production companies. According to Stoltz, the GFC has been pleased with the positive response received from producers working in Gauteng.

�We have taken note of both positive and negative feedback made. We are pleased that comments are generally positive but we will investigate programmes aimed at addressing concerns that have been raised in relation to location filming.�

In his address to the gathering of more than 80 guests, Stoltz assured the industry that the GFC remained committed to making Gauteng a film friendly region. To this end, the GFC has been implementing a number of initiatives including a Film Friendly Zones initiative, the establishment of a Location Filming Forum, support programmes for location scouts, a Gauteng Film Friendly Campaign, location filming guidelines to clarify location filming requirements and approval processes, as well as online permit application processes and an online location gallery.

The GFC also continues to work with the Gauteng Film Partnership � an industry forum that meets on a monthly basis � to actively lobby for reduced location filming fees.

�We continue to identify key locations that are in high demand and are in contact with municipalities and property owners to ensure that such locations are accessible. Please feel free to contact us for advice and assistance with locations.�

Regarding the R450 permit fee currently being charged by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, the GFC also remains committed to resolving the matter speedily with the City of Johannesburg.

�We also want to again reiterate the commitment of the Gauteng Provincial Government to the sector. Gauteng has formally adopted the film and TV industries as a priority sector and has systematically been growing its investment in the industry over the past few years through the activities of the GFC.�

The monthly wrap was organised by Film & Event Publishing and sponsored by the GFC, Panalux, Radisson Hotel and Resorts, AV Network, In House, Red Hot Events and Visual Impact Academy.