VISION: JP Smith. Photo: DAVID RITCHIE/ANA PICTURES

The City of Cape Town is hoping to revive the film and media sector which has seen a sharp decline in film shoots in the city over the last couple of years.

In 2016, the Cape Film Commission announced it was closing down after 15 years as a result of poor funding and support, affecting about 3 000 members nationwide.

The shutdown was mainly due to the Western Cape Government and the City cutting its grant funding, reports the Cape Argus.

The City said the Cape Town film industry contributed about R3.5 billion to the local economy in 2015, and created at least 10 000 jobs.

On Tuesday, the City said it wanted to revive the film industry and have met with stakeholders “to realise the dream of putting Cape Town back on the map”.

“The industry has experienced about a 40% downturn in the number of productions since the 2017 season, which was a sharp decline in about six months,” Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said.

Smith said the Film Office booked 11 578 locations in the 2015 and 2016 season.

“We cannot fix the challenges overnight, there has to be a clear vision and strategy that we all work towards achieving, as partners. The City has kickstarted this with the freezing of the filming tariff,” Smith said.

Wesgro’s chief business officer, Yaw Peprah, said that despite the challenges, Cape Town remained a world-class film city.

“The Wesgro Film and Media Promotion Unit secured a total of nine film and media declarations contributing R1.92bn to Cape Town and the Western Cape’s economy in the 2017/18 financial year,” he said.

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