South Africa and Namibia sign filming deal
Stronger connections are to be forged between producers from each country, while best filmmaking practices will be encouraged and prospective filming locations promoted.
“Our mandate as the NFVF is to form solid partnerships,” said Zama Mkosi, head of the NFVF. “Not just in South Africa, but across the African continent.”
“Forty-seven per cent of foreign productions coming to Namibia are from South Africa,” said Obed Emvula, chair of Namibia Film Commission. “This shows the growth and the need to form firmer ties between South Africa and Namibia.”
South Africa is one of the main production hubs in the southern hemisphere, attracting film and TV production from around the world partly through its generous filming incentive support.
The agreement between South Africa and Namibia follows a co-production deal South Africa signed with the Netherlands in December last year. Recent shoots in South Africa have included the UK drama series Tutankhamun and US biblical drama Of Kings and Prophets.
Namibia is building its international production profile and got a major boost hosting 120 days of location filming for George Miller’s dystopian road movie Mad Max: Fury Road (pictured), which won six Oscars earlier this year.
For more on filming in South Africa see our production guide.
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