The South African Film Summit, 4 - 5 Feb
Industry experts and policy makers within the audio-visual industry will deliberate on key resolutions as guiding efforts towards the development of the local film industry in alignment with emerging trends and global developments.
About the SA Flim Summit
The Summit takes place against the background of a policy shift introduced by the Department of Arts and Culture’s (DAC’s) Revised White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage of 2017. The Revised White Paper replaces the 1996 White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage, which has guided and shaped the South African film industry to date.
The Summit also takes places against the backdrop of South Africa’s geopolitical position within the African continent, the developments within the global cultural and creative industry (CCI) as informed by changing taste, audience and consumption patterns, as well as the advent of the digital revolution (also called the 3rd revolution) and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The South African film industry refers to the broader audiovisual media industry, which includes film, television and digital media as defined in the Revised White Paper. In this document the terms ‘film’ and ‘audiovisual’ are used interchangeably.
The Summit also takes place at a time when South Africa is no longer Africa’s largest audiovisual media market, having been overtaken by Nigeria. South Africa’s position in the global cultural and creative economy remains insignificant despite having one of the oldest film industries in the world, whereas Nigeria continues to compete globally with Hollywood in the USA and Bollywood in India. Addressing South Africa’s positioning in the film sector, not only on the continent but also globally, is important if the country is to compete in the creative economy.
The Summit is aimed at being a game changer for the South African film industry – an industry that must become inclusive, sustainable, and distinctly South African.
The South African Film Summit seeks to:
Assess the extent to which the current or emerging legislation and policies either enhance or hinder the transformation and development of the film and television industry in South Africa.
Evaluate the extent to which the South African Film Industry is catching up or aligning itself with emerging trends and global developments, premised by Pan-Africanism.
Create a platform for knowledge sharing through case studies and benchmarking with similar countries in the developing world.
Evaluating the successes and challenges of national and regional film industries with particular reference to funding and resources of the sector.
The goals of the Film Summit is to:
Advance a proposal to position a distinct identity of a South African storyline,
Galvanise a common consesus about the potential of the SA film industry to be an intsrument for nation building, and a catalyst for economic growth, and
Produce key recommendations towards a 5-year Implementation Plan.
The South African Film Industry refers to the broader audio-visual media industry which includes film, television and digital media as defined in the Revised White Paper, 2017. The film industry is one of the oldest in the world having initiated in 1896. Despite such a long history, the South African film industry’s place within the local economy and globally is a contested one. This is in terms of its contribution in both social and economic value.
As such, whether the industry is in its infancy or not remains a contentious matter. This is considering the low film production volumes, unsustainable business models and a largely freelance workforce because South Africa is not short on policies and strategies to support the industry.
“Policy coordination and coherence is important to ensure there are no unnecessary bottlenecks, contradictions and gaps that will negatively impact on the business environment while simultaneously encouraging investment, particularly from the private sector”, states Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
About 300 industry players, experts and policy makers from key organisations, Government and industry institutions, some of which have been part of the planning, such as: National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), South African Arts & Culture Youth Forum (SAACYF), South African Screen Federation (SASFED); Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC), South African Guild of Actors (SAGE), the South African Broadcasting Corphttp://www.dac.gov.za/sites/default/files/Executive%20Report%20of%20SA%20Film%20Summit%2012.4.2019.pdforation (SABC), as well as other captains of the South African Film & TV industry and international key stakeholders including a speaker from Netflix, will take part in the summit.
“Addressing South Africa’s positioning in the film sector, not only on the continent but also globally, is an important one if the country is to compete in the creative economy”, concludes the Minister.
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State of ICT Sector Report
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South African Film Summit Programme
South African Film Summit Booklet