NFC and NFVF in a filming agreement
The Namibia Film Commission (NFC) and National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) of South Africa signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 21 June during the Durban International Film Festival. The aim of the MOU is to create a framework for developing cooperative relations between the NFC and NFVF.
The MOU was established to maintain a bilateral communication channel designed to share ideas and best practices on domestic and international film production and promotion, to facilitate the visits of producer delegations from the two countries, as well as specific information to producers in regards to filming locations, regulations, incentives and clearance requirements in each jurisdiction of their respective countries and to promote distribution and exhibition of South African and Namibian films.
Obed Emvula, Chairperson of the NFC said that 47% of foreign productions coming to Namibia are from South Africa, therefore this shows the growth and the need to form firmer ties between the two countries.
Also Zama Mkosi, Chief Executive Officers of the NFVF emphasized that their mandate is to form solid partnerships, not just in South Africa, but across the African continent.
Both parties have agreed that the action undertaken within this framework are intended to benefit each organization and their respective members, generation opportunities for connecting audiovisual content producers in South Africa with the film commissions in Namibia and locations for audiovisual content productions, as well as generating new economic activities in the respective countries.
The specific provisions of the agreement include the establishment of an organizational level relationship between the parties to provide a framework to support and strengthen the respective parties operational pillars, to promote co-production of films, television and other audiovisual content by Namibian and South African filmmakers, as well as production service business and on location filming in Namibia and South Africa.
The Namibian Film Commission is a division in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology which aims to support, encourage and promote film production and the development of the film industry in Namibia.