Department of Trade Industry and Competition South Africa

The South African Film and Television Production Incentive Programme is aimed at strengthening and promoting the country’s film and television industry as well as contributing to the creation of employment opportunities in South Africa.

The objective of the South African Film and Television Co-Production Incentive, a subprogramme of the South African Film and Television Production Incentive Programme, is to support official co-productions and contribute toward employment opportunities in South Africa.

The South African Film and Television Co-Production Incentive is available to qualifying official treaty co-productions as follows:

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  • The rebate is calculated as 35% of QSAPE.
  • An additional 5% of QSAPE is provided for productions hiring at least 30% of black South African citizens as head of departments (HODs) and procuring at least 30% of QSAPE from 51% South African black-owned entities which have been operating for at least a period of one year; with a cap of R50 million per project.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Productions must have a minimum QSAPE of R1.5 million for all qualifying production formats and a minimum of R500 000 for documentaries
  • At least 14 calendar days and 60% of principal photography must be filmed in South Africa. This requirement may be waived for productions with a minimum QSAPE of R50 million.
  • A minimum of 75% of the total production budget (TPE) must be QSAPE.
  • The majority of intellectual property must be owned by a South African citizen(s) and the copyright must be registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).
  • The Director must be a South African citizen.
  • The top writer and producer credits must include South African citizens either exclusive or shared collaboration credits.
  • The majority of the five highest-paid performers must be South African citizens.
  • The majority of Heads of Departments (HODs) and key personnel must be South African citizens, with at least 20% of the HODs on core production functions being black South African citizens.
  • Secured a minimum of 25% of the total budget.
  • The holding company and SPCV must achieve at least a level 3 and level 4 B-BBEE contributor status respectively, in terms of the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice.

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