The Gauteng Film Commission and Film and Publication Board have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the growth and development of the film industry.

MoU

Film and Publication Board chief operating officer Mmapula Fisha and GFC acting chief executive officer Mzwandile Masina shake hands after signing the memorandum at The Venue in Johannesburg.

The MOU, signed on 14 June 2012 2012 in Johannesburg between GFC acting chief executive Mzwandile Masina and Yoliswa Makhasi, CEO of the Film and Publication Board (FPB), supports the mutual objectives of both agencies to create distribution channels and regulate distribution of films and publications 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. The MOU will reduce the distribution and 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 GFC 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.

Enquiries: Tumi Ntshingila, GFC PR and Communication Manager
Tel: 011 833 0409
Cell: 083 4477 011
Email: tumi@gautengfilm.org.za