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AFCI LOCATIONS EXPO (article first published : 2003-04-17)

The annual AFCI Locations Expo which recently took place in Los Angeles (USA) saw a significant South African participation this year. The four-day expo is an important networking platform for film commissions from across the world to ply their regional attributes. Enticing Hollywood producers and persuading them to shoot productions in South Africa being the key objective.

For the third year, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in partnership with the South African Consulate in LA, hosted an umbrella stand for South Africa's film commission offices. Amongst those present were the Kwa-Zulu Natal Film Office, headed up by Mandle Ndimande and the Cape Film Commission, headed by Martin Cuff.

South Africa has long been regarded as an excellent shooting location considered cost-effective and offering a perfect mix of variable landscapes and talent. Historically, the Western Cape has been considered as the most prolific region for attracting international productions. However, more recently, producers are moving to other regions such as KZN and the Eastern Cape in greater numbers.

This year saw the KZN office participating for the first time. The KZN film office, due to be officially launched in June this year, is financially supported by the eThekwine Metro Council and the provincial government office of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Stating that his organisation regarded the AFCI expo an ideal launching pad for the Kwa-Zulu Natal office, said Mandle Ndimande, Project Manager: Kwa-Zulu Natal Film Office, added: “Our province boasts solid infrastructure, facilities and communications networks and has proved that it can service the biggest international productions. We are keen to promote an official presence at the AFCI Expo and look forward to increased business over the next year.”




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