Shot on Location – local film companies show the world why Namibia is so popular as a filmmaker’s destination
Local film production companies Namib Film and Magic Touch Films boosted Namibia’s visibility as a top location when they attended the 2016 Focus International Location Production event held in London in December 2016.
Under the guidance of their CEO, Guy Nockels, the two companies represented Namibia at the most prestigious production location event in the world as part of their mission to build the country’s reputation as a premier location destination.
This event is where international filmmakers meet the representatives of production companies from all over the world. It takes a very unique blend of scenery and ability to stand out in the noise.
With an excellent service offering and past projects including Mad Max, Flight of the Phoenix (Namib Film), the Namibian filming of ITV’s Marooned with Ed Stafford and reality TV show Naked and Afraid (Magic Touch Films), Nockels met top international filmmakers at their stand.
Nockels who is the Executive Producer and CEO of Imwe Namibia Holdings, the holding company of the two Namibian production companies, as well as Equipment List Rentals and Desert Ace Charters and Tours, said that attending Focus 2016 was an ideal opportunity not to be missed.
“It gave us a chance to personally meet with various international filmmakers, television producers and directors, and to reconnect with some who have worked with us in the past. We could also showcase our experience and professionalism, while turning the spotlight on Namibia,” he said.
He believes that they helped bridge the gap between Namibia and international filmmakers, saying that Namibia is rich in production experience and infrastructure, and if combined with local knowledge, can cater for productions of any magnitude.
In his view, large Hoolywood productions, like the Mummy recently filmed in Namibia, helps to put Namibia on the map, but it is still up to local companies to “show the world of movie making that we aren’t just a pretty desert location and can provide film, commercial, stills and television productions the whole package, from spectacular locations to professional and experienced production services and support.”