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Launching the film locations library is just one of the first steps as part of the City’s long-term strategy to assist this billion-rand industry as it works to recover after a challenging 15 months.


Western Cape, South Africa (09 August 2021) – Cape Town’s breathtaking film locations will again get the opportunity to be in the spotlight in a new consolidated image library.

From pristine beaches to bustling cityscapes, Cape Town is home to a host of film locations for rent, making it popular with international location scouts.

Some of the most popular locations are found in Cape Town’s central business district, which has a rich architectural heritage. The greater Western Cape also offers a wealth of diverse natural beauty, all within a 2-hour radius of the city. Cape Town is also known for its world-famous landmarks, including Robben Island, Cape Town Stadium, Lion’s Head, Artscape Theatre and the Grand Parade to name a few. These film locations have appeared in many major feature films and acclaimed TV series over the years.

Pre-COVID, Cape Town was fast becoming a filming hot spot and the city (and surrounds) were used to film movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mad Max: Fury Road and Maze Runner: Death Cure, to name a few.

Featuring over 1,300 images and videos of locations across the city, the image library is designed to showcase the city’s amazing locations, film studios, infrastructure and diverse architecture. The Film Cape Town image library is now live on filmcapetown.com.

It has been established to assist location scouts, location managers and international producers to identify potential locations in the pre-production phase.

Additionally, independent and emerging filmmakers can mine footage when they need it for establishing shots of Cape Town in their projects or use the images in promoting the city as a competitive international film destination.

“The upcoming peak season for film is just around the corner this summer and as the City, along with Film Cape Town, we are working on promoting the local film industry. The launch of the film locations library is just one of the first steps as part of the City’s long-term strategy assisting this billion-rand industry as it works to recover after a challenging 15 months,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith.

Filmmakers will be able to download the images and footage after registration on the image library portal.

“The Film Office is currently working with the local industry representatives to develop promotional campaigns to let international clients know that the Cape Town film collective is open for business, that we have the technology for remote filming, a comprehensive COVID-19 response, and our vaccine roll-out is progressing and we remain favourable service destination with a world-class crew,” added Alderman Smith.

The City is also in the process of reviewing its policy on film which, together with the Film Strategy approved last year, will guide how the municipality will work with stakeholders to build a thriving, inclusive, diversified and resilient film industry.

They will also assist the industry in accessing greater support to drive its rapid recovery and regain its important contribution to the economy.

Sources: City of Cape Town 
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