The South African Government recognises the significant role played by the film sector in nation building, promoting social cohesion, reconciliation and supporting economic growth and job creation.
Government offers a package of incentives to promote its film production industry. The Foreign Film and Television Production incentive aims to attract foreign based film productions to shoot on location in South Africa, and the South African Film and Television Production and Co-production incentive aims to assist local film producers in producing local content.
The South African Emerging Black Filmmakers incentive, a sub-programme of the South African Film and Television Production and Co-production Incentive, which aims to assist local emerging black filmmakers to nurture and grow them to take up big productions and thus contribute towards employment creation.
The three largest film distributors in South Africa are Ster-Kinekor, United International Pictures and Nu-Metro.
Ster-Kinekor has a specialised art circuit, called Cinema Nouveau, with theatres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria.
Film festivals include the Durban International Film Festival; the North West Film Festival; the Apollo Film Festival in Victoria West; the Three Continents Film Festival (specialising in African, South American and Asian films, the Soweto Film Festival; and the Encounters Documentary Festival, which alternates between Cape Town and Johannesburg.