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Film & Video Production Hub

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Around the world, the film and video production industries are recognised as important economic drivers, not only through direct job creation, but also the diverse downstream value chains they create and inspire.

Buffalo City Tourism recognises the important role a vibrant and successful local film and video production industry has to play in our overall tourism promotion strategy, and we look forward to working with local filmmakers to position Buffalo City as a film production hub.

Positioning Buffalo City as a film and video production hub

According to the Department of Trade and Industry, film and video production contributed in excess of R6-billion to the economy last year, creating over 9 000 direct jobs in the process.


This represents growth of over 200% over the past five years alone, which indicates that the industry is not only maturing, the economic impact is widening.


Equally importantly, the film industry also plays a critical role role in the development and promotion of local and regional tourism.


A highly visual medium, film is an excellent platform with which to showcase a region’s natural resources and local attractions. It is also an exceptionally powerful communicator of heritage and indigenous knowledge, and as a platform to share information and insights about specific cultural and regional identities.


Whether feature films, documentaries or TV series – regardless of the format, visual stories open up new windows to our world, develop new voices and help us find and harness new audiences.

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Buffalo City film industry value propostion

While the South African film production industry is currently heavily centred around Cape Town and Gauteng, our region brims with potential:


  • Our seascapes are among the most scenic in the country.

  • Our landscapes offer the most dramatic diversity – from beautiful beaches and dense forests to stunning safari experiences

  • Vibrant nightlife and urban lifestyle destinations

  • Abundant local talent in the creative and technical spheres

  • Vibrant artistic community

  • Rich storytelling tradition (our region brims with fantastic stories begging to be told!)

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