Permit Applications And Registration With City Of Cape Town

Letter from the CEO of the Cape Film Commission (CFC), Denis Lillie:

As of today, we can confirm that for the first time in its 12 year history, the Cape Film Commission is registered with the City of Cape Town as an organisation which is able to officially enable the application of film permits within the City of Cape Town property and roads portfolio for our Members.

As many of you know, achieving this registration has been an uphill struggle. We required this registration to afford many of you the opportunity to apply for film permits as Members of the CFC. Previously there was an implied requirement that to apply for a permit, especially if you were not registered with the City as a Production Company, you would have to align yourself to a local production company. Many of you have expressed to us on many occasions that you did not want to do this and have requested that we register on your behalf, this we can now do.

The CFC registration now means that subject to the provision of certain required documentation, our individual members and SMMEs together with inbound production companies can now come through the CFC and use their CFC Membership number, our postal address, together with PL insurance obtained through us, to apply for a permit to film on City property and roads.

The registration cost with the CFC for applying for permits using your CFC Membership is a flat rate of R500 per annum to cover administration costs. Permit applications through the City are still free of charge with associated costs for roads closures, traffic officers etc.

Please note that we also manage the referral process for filming on Western Cape Provincial Property. We also serve as the interface with Home Affairs on visa and work permit applications where you may be encountering some challenges. The CFC is also the DTI, SEDA and SETA partner for the film industry.

With many of our Members from Gauteng, KZN and from the international community wanting to film in and around Cape Town, the opportunity that has been granted to us from the City of Cape Town is a welcome addition to the services we offer and we thank them for that.

We look forward to working with you on this new initiative.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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