Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

A bright future ahead for KZN movie industry

09/09/2019

9 September, 2019 - 06:03

Videovision Entertainment, a diversified film and television company, sees a bright future ahead for the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) movie industry as it basks in the glow of success as its latest project, the Sophiatown-themed film, Back of the Moon was released this week.

Videovisions chief executive, Anant Singh, says an increasing number of filmmakers have discovered KZN as an ideal location for film shoots.

The fact that the hit television series like Imbewu: The Seed and Uzalo are shot in Durban puts KZN on the map.

Recently KZN has attracted a few productions, including Keeping Up with the Kandasamys, which broke box office records; the inspirational film about the Dusi Marathon, Beyond the River; the Durban-themed surfing film, Deep End as well as Imbewu: The Seed, the daily drama series that is broadcast on e.tv.

Another KZN produced soap-opera Uzalo, hit the 10 million audience mark in June.

Some KZN produced films have achieved success both in South Africa and abroad, he says.

Having Yesterday, which we filmed in KZN, receive the first Oscar nomination for a South African film is certainly a highlight, as well as the Oscar nomination for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Recently Back of the Moon, which was released this week, won the Best South African Feature Film award at the 2019 Durban International Film Festival.

The film and television industry has grown slowly in KZN and this growth is largely due to the support provided by the KZN Film Commission, says Singh.

More films being made in South Africa now compared to five and 10 years ago, he says.

The South African film and television is supported by the Department of Trade and Industrys rebate programme as well as the Black Filmmakers Fund, which has resulted in more local films being made.

Singh says they are excited about the transformation of the industry and the growth of young emerging black filmmakers who are extremely talented.

According to Videovision, Cape Town is still the premier film production destination, followed by Gauteng, while KZN attracts the least number of productions.

He says the Durban Film Studios is an important project KZN and they hope the development will begin soon.

The development will comprise of Sound Stages and Production Workshops, television studios for live broadcasts, editing suites, the Walk of Fame, a Back-Lot set area, Midway Centre and a Museum of South African Cinema. It will be a hub for the film industry and the creative industries, as well as potential homes for the KZN Film Commission, Durban Film Office and other film industry.

We already have an exciting architectural concept which will change the skyline of Durban and will create a must-see-must-do attraction that will benefit the economy of the province and the city.

Singh says the development said the studio complex, which is a R7.5 billion project will boost economic activity in Durban with an estimated 17 000 construction jobs and an additional 4 300 jobs when the development is fully operational.

The production of Imbewu: The Seed with a budget in excess of R100 million has also been a huge boost for Durban/KZN economy, with more than 150 jobs have been created.

www.iol.co.za

Film Finance

Africa South Africa
LINK: http://www.filmcontact.com/news/south-africa/bright-future-ahead-kzn-m...
See more stories from filmcontact

Africa Stories

16/09/2019

SAFTA's call for Overall Judging Chairpersons Nominations

SAFTA's call for Overall Judging Chairpersons Nominations The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and Cu...

16/09/2019

Junior Entertainment Talent Slate call for entry

Junior Entertainment Talent Slate (JETS) call for entry. -- -- The Junior Entertainment Talent Slate Co-Production Initiative organised by WEP Productions &...

16/09/2019

FCB Joburg creates new TVC for Easy Waves

16 September, 2019 - 06:02 FCB Joburg has created a campaign with an above-the-line focus for the Easy Waves Moroccan Oil haircare range that gives semi-nat...

13/09/2019

South Africa selects 'Knuckle City' for the 92nd Academy Awards

13 September, 2019 - 08:02 Jahmil XT Qubekas Mdantsane-based film, Knuckle City is this years South African entry for the highly coveted best International ...

12/09/2019

Joburg Film Festival launches in November

12 September, 2019 - 08:03 The Joburg Film Festival and the MultiChoice Group have embarked on an exciting collaboration to create South Africas preeminent ...

11/09/2019

Boxing champ Gerrie Coetzee biopic in the making

11 September, 2019 - 08:03 Its all systems go for the production of Gerrie, a film dedicated to the famous fistic achievements of Africas first world heavyw...

10/09/2019

Vacancy: Environment, Health & Safety Officer

VACANCY Position: Environment, Health & Safety Officer Duration: 5-month contract (based on the project period) Remuneration: Market Related Reporting to: ...

10/09/2019

South Africa selects Knuckle City for the 92nd Academy Awards - Best International Feature Film Category.

Media Release South Africa selects Knuckle City for the 92nd Academy Awards - B...

10/09/2019

South African movie 'looks good for Oscars', according to Toronto reception

10 September, 2019 - 08:02 Could controversial Of Good Report filmmaker Jahm...

09/09/2019

A bright future ahead for KZN movie industry

9 September, 2019 - 06:03 Videovision Entertainment, a diversified film and television company, sees a bright future ahead for the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) movie...

08/09/2019

Soapie teasers: What's happening in 7de Laan in September?

Fikani is ready to take his relationship with Alexa to the next level. Gabby is unsure about a potential opportunity. Wednesday 4 September 2019 Willem realis...

07/09/2019

Nigerian Abuja and AFRIFF film festivals ban South African filmmakers

7 September, 2019 - 15:05 Organizers of Nigerian Abuja and AFRIFF have announced the immediate suspension of all South African films submissions to their fe...

07/09/2019

Nigerian Abuja and AFRIFF bans South African films from entry

7 September, 2019 - 15:05 Organizers of Nigerian Abuja and AFRIFF have announced the immediate suspension of all South African films submitted for their fes...

06/09/2019

Ndlovu Youth Choir are in the finals of America's Got Talent

6 September, 2019 - 08:02 Ndlovu Youth Choir have made it into the finals of Americas Got Talent! The group performed a powerful and localised rendition of ...

05/09/2019

Call to participate in the NFVF's Skills Transfer Programme

CALL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NFVF'S SKILLS TRANSFER PROGRAMME The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and ...

04/09/2019

New heroes brave the 4th Toyota Fortuner 4x4 Challenge

4 September, 2019 - 08:01 South African sports heroes once again do the unbelievable in a campaign created by FCB Joburg to promote the 4th edition of Toyot...

03/09/2019

SA's 'Moffie' to compete in Best Film category at London International Film Festival

3 September, 2019 - 08:03 Oliver Hermanus new film, Moffie has been invited ...

02/09/2019

Carlini and her heroines - just in time for a Women's Month Finale

2 September, 2019 - 06:04 It is no coincidence that the last Friday of Womens month 2019, saw the release of Uga Carlinis latest directorial piece, a music ...

31/08/2019

NFVF call for funding applications is open

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) call for funding applications is open The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is pleased to announce that...

31/08/2019

Vacancy: Chief Financial Officer

VACANCY Position: Chief Financial Officer Duration: 5 year fixed term contract Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer Job Ref: RECR/CFO 001 The Chief Financ...

30/08/2019

SA actress Nomzamo Mbatha joins cast of Coming 2 America'

30 August, 2019 - 08:03 South African actress and human rights activist Nomzamo Mbatha has joined the cast of Coming 2 America, a sequel to the 1988 comedy ...

29/08/2019

The surprise box office hit 'Ellen: Die storie van Ellen Pakkies' is now streaming on Showmax

29 August, 2019 - 08:02 Ellen: Die Storie van Ellen Pakkies, South Africas e...

28/08/2019

FCB Joburg wins at Loeries 2019 for Coca-Cola SA, Toyota SA

28 August, 2019 - 08:01 FCB Joburg won a total of 10 Loeries at the 2019 Loerie Advertising Awards held in Durban over the weekend for its clients Coca-Cola...

27/08/2019

The NFVF invites directors to apply for the Youth Filmmaker Project

THE NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FOUNDATION INVITES DIRECTORS TO APPLY FOR THE YOUTH FILMMAKER PROJECT: CALLOUT 2019/2020 The National Film and Video Foundation (NF...

27/08/2019

Odwa Shweni film shocker

27 August, 2019 - 08:03 The family of Odwa Shweni, the actor who fell to his death from the cliff edge of a waterfall in the Drakensberg during a film shoot...

26/08/2019

Women revolt after Silwerskerm faux pas

26 August, 2019 - 06:02 Award-winning film director Jenna Bass boycotted the Silwerskerm film festival screening this week as she felt that a naked image be...

23/08/2019

The NFVF funding applications to attend Markets and Festivals taking place in November 2019 are open

The NFVF funding applications to attend Markets and Festivals taking place in No...

23/08/2019

Invitation to submit films for the Oscars International Feature Film category

23 August, 2019 - 09:07 The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, is extending a call to all S...

22/08/2019

VFX Legion Creates Effects For The Food That Built America on History Channel

22 August, 2019 - 08:02 FX Legion recently completed a complex mix of visual effects for History Channels new docudrama mini-series, The Food that Made Amer...

21/08/2019

The Colonie Garners Two Telly Awards for Porsche's New Vertical Ad Campaign

21 August, 2019 - 08:02 The Colonie has been recognized by the 2019 Telly Awards for its work on Porsches vertical advertising campaign, Curves, with silver...

19/08/2019

Press Start! Toyota SA launches iconic Supra with FCB Joburg

19 August, 2019 - 06:02 Toyota SA has launched the fifth-generation Supra to South African high-end sports car enthusiasts with a 360deg campaign from FCB J...

17/08/2019

Soapie teasers: What's happening in Generations The Legacy in August

Lerato doesn't like the idea of her sister crushing on her ex-crush. There are advantages to being an invisible' cleaner The pharmacist warns he's...

16/08/2019

Multi-award-winning Gcina Mhlope documentary allows orphans to choose the story they want to tell

16 August, 2019 - 08:02 Liyana, the groundbreaking animation-documentary mas...

15/08/2019

Film at the Hilton Arts Festival - 13 - 15 September 2019

15 August, 2019 - 08:02 A reely interesting selection of films will be on offer at the 27th Hilton Arts Festival taking place on the magnificent grounds of ...

15/08/2019

Zog, Triggerfish's latest award-winner, is now streaming on Showmax

15 August, 2019 - 08:07 Zog, the latest award-winning animation from Triggerfish, is now streaming first on Showmax in Africa. Animated in Cape Town by Trig...

14/08/2019

Award-winning documentary comes to Cape Town

14 August, 2019 - 08:03 The award-winning documentary, Buddha in Africa, directed by KwaZulu-Natal filmmaker Nicole Schafer, which scooped the Best SA Docum...

13/08/2019

Free online screenwriting course: Dialogue

13 August, 2019 - 08:03 Screenwriters, this is your chance to learn the basics of writing lively and credible dialogue for your characters. Over the course ...

12/08/2019

Invitation for South African filmmakers to submit films for the Oscars International Feature Film category

Invitation for South African filmmakers to submit films for the 92nd Annual Acad...

12/08/2019

Kyle Lewis creates a powerful manifesto for EWI

12 August, 2019 - 06:02 Egg Films Kyle Lewis was briefed by Hamburg-based agency, Jung von Matt, and Berlin-based production house, Tony Petersen Films, to ...

09/08/2019

Toyota Hilux turns 50, celebrates with everyday legends in new campaign from FCB Joburg

9 August, 2019 - 08:02 Toyota Hilux celebrates 50 years in South Africa this...

09/08/2019

Award-winning Thuli Madonsela doc arrives on Showmax just in time for Women's Day

9 August, 2019 - 09:00 Whispering Truth To Power, Shameela Seedats documenta...

08/08/2019

Five reasons 'Kanarie' is a gem, even if you're not Afrikaans

8 August, 2019 - 08:02 Kanarie, Schalk Bezuidenhouts breakout movie, is now streaming first on Showmax in South Africa. Schalk stars as Johan Niemand, a fas...

07/08/2019

East Africa Welcomes Animation du Monde 2020

7 August, 2019 - 08:03 After making its way through South and West Africa, Animation du Monde turns to East Africa as Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON) 2019 hosts...

06/08/2019

Ladima Foundation: Women's Film Festival Residency Program

6 August, 2019 - 08:02 The Ladima Foundation announced the formation of a network of women-focused and managed film and cultural festivals from across Afric...

05/08/2019

Charlize Theron has a new show on Netflix that features a South African spinner

5 August, 2019 - 06:05 The Oscar-winning actress is producing her first-ever game/reality competition show, and it involves supped up fast cars. Hyperdriv...

01/08/2019

Film about Plastic City to be released

1 August, 2019 - 08:02 Benonis filmmaker and environmental awareness documentarian Yakima Waner will release her lasted feature film, The Harvest on Interna...

31/07/2019

Buddha in Africa in consideration for Oscar nomination

31 July, 2019 - 08:02 First time feature film maker, Nicole Schafer, whose film, Buddha in Africa won an award at the Durban International Film Festival, wi...

30/07/2019

Moffie for Venice International Film Festival

30 July, 2019 - 06:03 Oliver Hermanus and Portobello Productions are delighted to confirm that their new film, Moffie, will have its World Premiere in the o...

29/07/2019

Did someone say meerkat'? Toyota SA and old family friends launch bespoke limited-edition Hilux

29 July, 2019 - 06:03 Toyota SA has launched the next chapter in Toyotas GR ...

29/07/2019

Basketmouth, Bovi Land Exclusive New BBNaija Show As Showmax Launches In Nigeria

29 July, 2019 - 06:05 Showmax has launched a new video on demand service in Nigeria. Priced at N2,900 per month, the video streaming service features a dedi...