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New Film Policy and Filming By-law on the cards<p>​</p><span><p>The City’s proposed Film Policy and proposed amendments to the Film By-Law were among the matters under discussion at the hybrid event held at the CTICC yesterday.</p><p>The draft film policy, currently undergoing legislative processes at the portfolio committee, seeks to update the existing Film Policy and Protocol 2004, to remedy some of the current challenges and to work towards a sustainable, resilient local film industry.</p><p>The new policy will address four pillars, which will include skills development, marketing and sales, transformation and infrastructure development.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Film%20industry1.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘Over the last 17 months, we have seen how the film industry in Cape Town has been able to overcome a global pandemic by adapting to the current situation. This new Film Policy will assist Cape Town in building on that strength by ensuring that it is more resilient, collaborative, sustainable and inclusive while, at the same time, withstanding local and international challenges,’ said the City’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato. </p><p>Also part of the discussions were the proposed amendments to the City’s Filming By-Law. </p><p>The current process seeks to repeal the City of Cape Town By-law relating to Filming 2005.</p><p>The draft Filming By-Law intends to create an efficient and effective environment conducive to safe filming practices for the film industry, business and the public. </p><p>It aims to strengthen the relationship between local government, residents and the industry. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Film%20industry2.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><p>‘Cape Town is Africa’s premier film and media destination with world-class crew, diverse talent and locations to rival the world’s best. In order for us to compete with some of the best film destinations in the world, we have to align our policies and by-laws with international standards for filming. The proposed changes to the filming by-law will assist us in better regulating the film industry and addressing the deployment of appropriate city services to mitigate any adverse implications for public safety, the environment and local communities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>The proposed Film Policy and Filming by-law will align with the City’s Film Strategy, approved by council last year. </p><p>As part of the Film Strategy, the City is expanding the Film Office to include a promotional and stakeholder engagement unit.</p><p>The unit will be responsible for promoting Cape Town as a premier film and media destination to local, national and international clients, while also working with other City service departments to cut red tape and support the local  industry with funding and incentives.</p><p>The Events and Film Department has already started working on a marketing and promotional campaign with industry stakeholders ahead of the upcoming summer film season. </p><p>The film industry and members of the public will have an opportunity to comment on the documents when the policy and by-law go out for public participation.  </p><p>End<br></p><span>​​</span><span>​​</span>2021-09-08T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#f9891347-9853-4a33-be46-2fd52a61e835;L0|#0f9891347-9853-4a33-be46-2fd52a61e835|events;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#7d9308ad-935f-4390-9ab1-07476217d1a3;L0|#07d9308ad-935f-4390-9ab1-07476217d1a3|filming;GP0|#fe1372cc-3168-4376-b201-0a8a04d6081e;L0|#0fe1372cc-3168-4376-b201-0a8a04d6081e|by-law10

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