Cape Town’s Film Permit Office Reports Record 22% Surge in Issuance of Nearly 5,000 Film Permits Amidst Year-Round Production Boom

Cape Town’s Film Permit Office Reports Record 22% Surge in Issuance of Nearly 5,000 Film Permits Amidst Year-Round Production Boom

The City of Cape Town’s Film Permit Office has been busier than ever, issuing a staggering 4,757 film permits between July 1 of last year and June 30 of this year.

This marks a notable 22% increase from the previous financial year, where 3,910 permits were issued.

One of the standout trends this year has been the significant rise in permits issued for large feature films.

A total of 168 permits were granted, nearly double the number issued in the previous year, indicating Cape Town’s growing popularity as a film production hub.

These permits cater to a wide array of productions, including feature films, commercials, TV series, stills photography, documentaries, short films, student projects, and music videos.

This diversity underscores Cape Town’s appeal as a versatile filming location.

JP Smith, MMC for Safety and Security in Cape Town, highlighted the shift towards year-round filming in the city.

Traditionally known for attracting productions during the summer months, Cape Town now sees consistent filming activity throughout the year.

“This shift is beneficial for both the film industry and Cape Town as a whole,” Smith commented.

“It not only boosts our economy but also creates sustained employment opportunities.”

Economic Contribution and Tariff Freeze

The film industry plays a pivotal role in Cape Town’s economy, contributing billions and employing over 30,000 people.

To support this vital sector, the City has frozen filming tariffs for the fourth consecutive year.

This includes waiving fees for metro police and traffic services during necessary road closures, resulting in significant cost savings for productions.

Types of Productions and Seasonal Trends

In the past financial year, the permit office reported bookings for more than 9,317 film locations.

Commercials accounted for the majority of permits issued, followed by micro shoots.

This trend indicates a growing number of productions choosing to film during the traditionally quieter winter months.

“This diversification of filming periods is crucial for sustaining an industry that contributes immensely to our local economy,” Smith emphasized.

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