COVID-19 forced the local film industry to put down its cameras and close sets for the protection of human lives. Many brilliant scripts, concepts and finished projects had to be shelved because the entire world had ground to a halt due to the pandemic.
The City of Cape Town, through its Film Office and the Film Cape Town initiative, collaborated with industry players to lobby national government to allow the crucial economic catalytic sector to go back to work during the coronavirus-forced lockdown.
With National Government allowing the film industry to resume work under level 4, the City of Cape Town has resumed its permit processing.
The Film Permit Office has developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), in line with the Disaster Management Act regulations, to ensure all film workplaces are safe and curb any spread of the virus.
The Cape Town film industry, supported by the City of Cape Town, is open for business.
The Film Cape Town Standard Operating Procedures is available here for download.