The good weather and long days bring even more business, as figures released by the City of Cape Town for last summer show. In the first three months of 2016, for instance, the City issued 2 870 permits for shoots of various types. Collectively, this brought R2.5 million in fees for municipal services into the City’s bank accounts. The shoots included nearly 850 commercials, over 700 photographic shoots, 50 television series, 30 television films and 27 music videos.
The film industry input to the local economy is about R5 billion, with more than 35 000 jobs created in the past three years, according to the City’s economic development statistics. This includes all the services, such as catering, vehicle and equipment hire, much of which benefits small and medium-sized businesses.
The film industry has its own job websites. One of them, www.filmcontact.com has 30 current listings – everything from art directors, camera operators and production managers to a childminder to look after and entertain children involved in an educational production. Another good industry site with job listings is www.screenafrica.com