City of Cape Town – The production of high-grossing foreign films and television shows shot in and around the city is expected to boost the local economy this year.
According to reliable film industry sources, the eighth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise will be among the international films shot in Cape Town and Durban in December.
According to the City, 1,017 film shoot licenses have already been approved, including 181 in January alone.
David Maynier, the Western Cape’s Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities and the Minister in charge of Cape Town Tourism, stated that overseas travel has increased significantly as a result of the Omicron variation, which will benefit the economy.
Wesgro predicted that the province’s economy would benefit from a flurry of international blockbusters and television series set to air this year.
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Wrenelle Stander, the Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro, stated that they were thrilled to invite foreign filmmakers to Cape Town and that such productions were in the works for the province; however, due to confidentiality agreements, they were unable to speak on the matter.
“The Western Cape is an inspiring place to create, and we encourage filmmakers from around the world to visit and engage with our local creative industry.
“Wesgro is unable to comment on ongoing projects due to confidentiality agreements with production houses. We are aware, however, that major blockbuster movies and television shows will be filmed here this year. Although we are unable to identify specific companies or individuals, we can state that the province’s creative economy is contributing to the overall economic recovery through global productions and local industry.
She stated that they would also be supporting festivals on a local level, which would bring in more business for Cape Town and result in the creation of hundreds of jobs.
“Wesgro will provide financial support to three of the most important festivals in the local community over the next few months. The Silwerskerm International Film Festival, Wavescape Film Festival, and Africa Games Week are among these events. “We will also attend the Berlinale Film Market remotely in order to assist in attracting more business to the Cape,” she added.
“It’s exciting to see our community’s film industry grow. The fact that Both Worlds’ Karoo-based television series Recipes for Love and Murder (based on extremely successful books) has been accepted into the prestigious Berlinale Series Market makes us very happy. In addition, Indemnity, the largest thriller ever shot in South Africa and produced by Gambit Films, will be released in the United States in February.
“It is also worth noting that Triggerfish and E4D have collaborated to build greater capacity in the industry over the course of a three-year collaboration between the two companies. As a result, 10,000 new students are being admitted, 6,000 creative individuals are receiving assistance, and 200 new positions are being created.
Makkie Slamong, Chief Executive Officer of Cape Town Film Studios, stated that their company had also signed a non-disclosure agreement with an overseas studio and thus could not comment on the matter.
According to sources close to the production team and organizers, Hollywood actor Tom Cruise and the rest of the cast are planning to arrive in South Africa in the coming weeks to begin filming in Durban for several months.
The source, who requested anonymity due to a non-disclosure agreement, stated, “We are scheduled to be in Durban for three months beginning on February 6 for Mission Impossible and potentially a week in Cape Town,” but provided no other details.
Another source stated that they were aware of the film but had no information on when production would begin.
The film’s premiere date has been set for July 20, 2023.
Premier Alan Winde stated that he had not received any information about the film, but he did acknowledge that bookings had more than doubled, including both large foreign projects and numerous local television programs.
Winde stated that he was aware of significant international endeavors but did not elaborate.
“Wesgro, the Western Cape’s tourism, commerce, and investment development agency, stated that despite the epidemic, Cape Town Film Studios is on track to be fully booked for the next two years. This is good news for both the film and tourism industries, which have suffered greatly as a result of the global epidemic, which resulted in a travel ban in nearly 15 countries when the new variant Omicron of the virus was discovered late last year.
Winde went on to say that he was pleased to see that there had been an increase in interest in using the Cape as a filming location.
“It’s encouraging to see our province’s economy and major industries like tourism and hospitality, as well as cinema, growing,” Winde said. “Our province is home to some of the world’s best filmmaking.”
Wesgro provided funding to a wide range of fantastic initiatives that arose as a result of the Cape Town International Animation Festival, which took place in October 2021.
Our region’s world-class skill set has been in high demand, and it will remain so as long as Cape Town and the Western Cape remain an inspiring place to create.
The percentage of domestic visitors was 66%, and the percentage of international visitors was 29%; Cape Town Tourism reported an increase in international visitors.
“We are thrilled to see a revival in our visitor economy,” said Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy. “Both domestic and international tourists are injecting much-needed cash into the city.”
“We recognize that the recovery will take a little longer than we had hoped, but we are optimistic that this trend will continue in February, as we begin our “second” peak season.” Even though the numbers appear to be improving, we need sustainable tourism to truly influence our local small business sector and begin to reverse the devastating blows caused by Omicron-linked travel prohibitions.
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