South Africa signs co-production film deal with the Netherlands
South Africa has signed a co-production filming deal with the Netherlands, meaning that projects made under the agreed framework will be able to access regional financing as national shoots.
“The treaty between the Netherlands and South Africa has been eagerly awaited by professionals in both countries in order to create a comprehensive structure for creative bilateral co-operation,” said Doreen Boonekamp, CEO of the Netherlands Film Fund.
The agreement will give the Netherlands better access to South African production resources and to the regional film market. It adds to the treaties the Netherlands already has with France, Canada, Germany and China.
Producers filming in the Netherlands can access a 30% cash rebate. In October, 15 separate international co-productions were awarded funding through the Netherlands Film Production Incentive.
“South Africa provides comprehensive support for treaty countries, offering the best infrastructure, location, cast and crew, and studios,” said Zama Mkosi, CEO at South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation, of the new deal with the Netherlands.
“Filmmakers from both our countries are also going to benefit from the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) incentive scheme, which is aimed to encourage and attract big-budget productions and post production. We look forward to ‘co-creating’ and enhancing the international profile of both the countries through our storytelling.”
South Africa is one of the main production centres in Africa and indeed in the entire southern hemisphere. Recent shoots have included the UK TV drama Tutankhamun and Marvel’s superhero sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
For more on filming in South Africa, see our production guide.
Image: Netherlands Film Fund