Garden Route International Film Development Projects

Name and background of
applicant / developer
Garden Route Film Commision
Core focus sector Filming
Total project investment ZAR1million per full-length film; ZAR300 000 per short film
Sources of funding Private, public or donor funding
Possible incentives available Introduce a loyalty system to get discount to filmmakers
Project status Permits for locations and planning of loyalty system, training has started but due to Covid-19 and the lack of funding, social media marketing was mainly done
Partnerships Would join with the international film commission to attract international filming in our area
Full contact details of project lead Patrick Walton, +27 82 475 1212;

Investment opportunities exist in the Garden Route film industry. The Garden Route Film Commission (GRFC) aims to promote the Garden Route on national and international level as a preferred filming destination outside of the major cities and also undertakes training to improve the number of skills available to this expanding industry.

The Garden Route International Film Festival has attracted over 80 films from 27 countries during its first competition year. This on-line virtual platform aims at a national and international audience and has judges from around the world. Nine towns are earmarked for drive-in cinemas. Curation is a vital component; the festival ensures that there are also local films represented to give further exposure to the region as a filming destination and to encourage young people to enter the film industry. The festival is a welcomed platform to the region as it benefits through the international marketing by this event.

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