Industry Organisations

Government Organisations

Department of Communications

The Department of Communications (DoC) mission is to create an enabling environment for the provision of inclusive communication services to all South Africans in a manner that promotes socio-economic development and investment through broadcasting, new media, print media and other new technologies, and brand the country locally and internationally. Visit website.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

The Department of Trade and Industry is the department of the South African government with responsibility for commercial policy and industrial policy. Visit website.


WESGRO is the official Destination Marketing, Investment, and Trade Agency for the Western Cape, located in Cape Town. They are the first point of contact for foreign buyers, local exports and investors wishing to take advantage of business opportunities in the region. Visit website. 

Durban Film Office (DFO)

The DFO is a division of the Department of Economic Development at the eThekwini Municipality responsible for the promotion and development of the Film Industry in the eThekwini Municipality. As a publicly funded special purpose vehicle, the DFO has a range of stakeholders, including national, provincial, local government, participants in the different business models of the film sector, host communities, local broadcasters, the international production sector, the media, suppliers and technical crew. Visit website

Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC)

The ECDC is an economic development agency that provides long and short-term finance, assists investors with identifying opportunities within the province, conducts trade promotion. Visit website.  

Film and Publication Board (FPB)

Film and Publication Board (FPB) is a statutory body established by the Films and Publications Act of 1996. The FPB’s task is mainly to classify films, videos, DVDs, computer games and certain publications that are available for public consumption. Visit website

Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA)

The Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) is the controlling body set up with the assistance of the Department of Arts and Culture for cultural and creative sectors in South Africa. It was formed as a non-profit company (NPC) to promote and develop the social and economic interests of the cultural and creative industries and to act as the controlling body for these sectors. The company is governed by a Board of Directors in accordance with the CCIFSA Memorandum of Incorporation. Visit website.

Kwa-Zulu Natal Film Commission 

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission was established in accordance with a provincial Act passed in 2010. The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is set to begin fulfilling its mandate to make the province a film production centre. In 2014/2015, the KZNFC developed systems and policies to support and attract national and international roleplayers in the film industry. Visit website.

Limpopo Economic Development Agency

The Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA) is established in terms of the Limpopo Development Corporation Act, Act No.5 of 1994, as amended. It complies with the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA)
as a Schedule 3D Agency. It was established as a special economic and development vehicle, culminating in the amalgamation of four agencies; namely:

  • Trade and Investment Limpopo
  • Limpopo Business Support Agency
  • Limpopo Agribusiness Development Corporation
  • Limpopo Economic Development Enterprise

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Limpopo Film Office

Limpopo Film Office was established to represent Limpopo Film Makers. Visit page.


The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) is responsible for skills development in the Advertising, Electronic Media and Film, Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications sectors and their subsectors. The MICT sector comprises of 160 Large companies, 342 Medium companies, and 2,785 Small levy-paying companies. Visit website.

Gauteng Film Commission 

The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) develops, promotes and coordinates the film and television production industry in Gauteng Province. As an agency of the Gauteng Provincial Government, it is tasked with positioning the province as a world-class destination for filmmaking as well as attracting local and international investments in the film and television industry. Visit website.

Industrial Development Corporation

Established in 1940, we are a national development finance institution set up to promote economic growth and industrial development. We are owned by the South African government under the supervision of the Economic Development Department. Visit website.


Industry Publications


Founded in 2003, Film & Event Media produces Business to Business Publications and acts as an online media hub for the film and events industries. We are committed to the growth and development of both industries. Our publications are resources for the local industry and a source of information to international industry members. Our monthlies and annuals include: The Filmmakers Guide to South Africa – a showcase of the SA film industry targeted at an international market; The Event – a monthly that covers the thriving African events and exhibitions industry and The Callsheet – a monthly about the African film industry that covers commercials, film, technology, documentaries and more. Coming in 2012 for the first time is the Event Planner’s Guide to South Africa – the ultimate resource for international event planners looking to utilise SA for their next event or exhibition. Visit website.

Screen Africa

Screen Africa provides insightful information in its print and electronic publications about SA's professional entertainment industry, comprising broadcast, film, TV, commercials and new media production plus events and professional equipment. Visit website.

The Bar Magazine

thebar. is an online magazine platform ( which captures the past, present and future value of the African film & tv industry. Our purpose is to elevate these industries and their leaders by showcasing high quality, breakthrough content which elicits a strong response from those working inside the industry and outside it. - Visit website


Industry organisations


The South African Screen Federation (SASFED) is the national federation of independent film, television and audio-visual industry organisations in South Africa. Founded in 2006 in response to Government’s call for the independent screen industry to speak with a united voice, SASFED represents many professionals and companies that are operating in an increasingly diverse and growing sector. The membership of these organisations operates in all the provinces of South Africa, making SASFED’s membership truly national.

SASFED is guided by a constitution, which states that only bona fide industry bodies may join, and proudly represents the collective core of South Africa’s independent screen industry, with current full member organisations : Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA), Independent Producers’ Organisation (IPO), Personal Managers’ Association (PMA), Animation South Africa (A.S.A), South African Guild of Actors (SAGA), Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT), South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) and Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA).

Key SASFED partnerships include:

  • a Terms of Engagement with the NFVF, to engage on industry strategy, policy and interventions
  • two permanent seats on the Board of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS)
  • Board member of SOS: Supporting Public Broadcasting Coalition
  • Representation on the Digital Television Advisory Group, ICASA
  • Representation on the DSAC Audiovisual Reference Group


SASFED is driven and rooted in an appreciation of the specific interests, concerns and programmes of each of its members:

  • to empower, unify and strengthen the SA screen industry
  • to protect the rights of the SA screen industry and all that work in it through self-regulation
  • to lobby government wherever necessary to change legislation, regulations and policies to advance the South African screen industry and ensure its growth and development
  • to promote gender equality throughout the SA screen industry value chain
  • to transform the screen industry by opposing all forms of discrimination and oppression, recognising that to thoroughly fulfill its economic, social and cultural potential it has to overcome the racial inequalities created under apartheid
  • to encourage all members to adopt policies and implement programmes ensuring deliberate access by historically disadvantaged South Africans at all levels of their organisations and industry sectors.




Animation South Africa (A.S.A) is a non-profit organisation mandated by industry to develop and represent South African animation.

We were founded in 2006 by a group of like-minded animation industry professionals who came together to create a culture of knowledge-sharing in South African animation. We currently have two chapters, one in Cape Town and one in Johannesburg.

Relaunched in 2015 with a new board of directors elected by our member-base, our vision is to nurture a vibrant, sustainable and transformed Animation and VFX industry for South Africa, offering a diverse range of content and services that is unique and globally competitive.

Our mandate is to facilitate the growth and evolution of South Africa’s animation industry by:

  1. Creating new business opportunities by identifying and coordinating export missions to key markets. 
    1. Conducting and participating in global market research.
    2. Creating knowledge-sharing opportunities to upskill our animation professionals.
    3. Helping bring our studios and their original properties to market-readiness.
    4. Consulting with government on policy and strategy, building the framework that will enable the animation industry to thrive.




The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA) was established to nurture and develop the interests of documentary filmmakers in South Africa. The documentary film genre is unique in that it can stimulate public discourse, reflect on social, political, cultural and current events in a very immediate way. It can explore history, commemorate heritage and unearth the mysteries of the universe. Documentaries tell stories of ordinary and extraordinary people/communities – they celebrate, question, investigate and reflect. It is the most accessible genre of filmmaking, yet is often marginalised within the bigger environment of film and the broadcast industry.  The DFA aims to create a unified voice for documentary filmmakers and gain recognition for this genre of filmmaking in South Africa. The association will address the specific needs of documentary filmmakers and network with related industry bodies, in the interests of documentary filmmakers.  




The Independent Producers’ Organisation is a voluntary organisation that aims to represent, promote and protect the specific needs of producers. The aims and objectives of the IPO can be summarised as follows: To represent and promote the economic and cultural interests of the South African film, television, and video production industry locally, continentally and abroad. To develop, support and implement growth strategies for the industry to increase local, continental and international markets. To promote the development and establishment of aspirant and emergent producers and production companies. To overcome historical disparities within the industry, based on race, gender, disability and sexual orientation. To promote the industry for the good of the broader South African economy. To promote a stable and viable industrial environment within the industry. To encourage professionalism and high technical and creative standards in the industry. To keep producers at the forefront of technological, economic and cultural changes. To interact with and create negotiating channels and standard agreements with related industry organisations (e.g. actors’ and crew unions, writers’ and musicians’ guilds, broadcasters, distributors, etc.). To regulate relations between members and employees or trade unions. To promote health and safety standards for the industry. To play a key role in education, training and enhancement of skills within the industry. To inform and enlighten non-industry organisations (e.g. educational institutions, government bodies, financial institutions, etc.) about the industry.




The Personal Manager's Association is a community of Actors Agents consisting of members; associate and affiliate members. Our goal is to guide actors in their professional careers, uphold the professional standards on behalf of the performers we represent with regards to contracts (and the standardization thereof); fees and working conditions in the areas of film; television; voice; theatre; presenting; commercials; industrial theatre; corporate theatre; etc.




SAGA (South African Guild Of Actors) was established to regulate relations between actors and film / television / theatre / radio producers, including any film / television / theatre / radio producers organisations;  to perform and protect interests of its members; to plan and organize its administration and lawful activities; to co-operate with or join local or international organisations, where it is in the interests of SAGA to do so; to promote, support or oppose any proposed legislative or other measures affecting the interests of its members; to use every legitimate means to induce actors to become members; to provide legal assistance to members in connection with their contracts with film/television/theatre/radio producers; to encourage the settlement of disputes between members and film/television/theatre producers or organisations of such by conciliation, mediation or arbitration; to organise and represent members of SAGA for the purpose of collective bargaining; to do such lawful things as may appear to be in the interests of SAGA and its members and which are not inconsistent with the objects or any matter specifically provided for in its Constitution; to borrow, invest, lend, subscribe or donate money for the furtherance of the objects of SAGA and to establish educational, social and charitable enterprises for the general welfare and advancement of SAGA members.




The South African Guild of Editors is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which represents film and video picture editors, assistant editors and sound editors. SAGE has become a recognised player in the film and television industry.

With more than 100 active members, the guild represents most of the best talent in the feature film, TV drama, documentary, insert, on-line and sound editing in South Africa today. 

SAGE aims to promote the art of editing.  We represent post-production professionals interest at industry and government levels.  




Sisters Working in Film & Television is a non-profit organisation committed to empowering women working in the industry. SWIFT advocates for gender and race parity, recognising the intersectionality of women's experiences both in front of and behind the camera. In addition to championing equal opportunities for women in a historically male-dominated industry and prioritizing equal opportunities for black women in an historically white dominated sector SWIFT provides professional support and development, mentorship and networking opportunities to its members. United by common cause, SWIFT members work together to promote and enable transformation so that screens in our country may reflect all voices and a true diversity of perspective.




The Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) was established on 8 May 2009. It replaces SASWA, the South African Scriptwriters Association, and remains the only association in South Africa with the sole purpose of protecting, empowering and developing performance writers in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media (internet – mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries.. The Guild also serves as a Collection Agent for writers’ residuals and manages an affordable local Script Registry. WGSA is an affiliate member of the International Association of Writers Guilds (IAWG). 




Call Extension: Call for Documentary Project: “We Choose Each Other” has been extended to Tuesday, 25 January 2022
Call Extension: Marketing and Distribution Cycle 3 FY 2021/22 and Festival Hosting Cycle 1 FY 2022/23 has been extended to Monday, 24th January 2022.
Call for NFVF funding applications to attend Markets and Festivals taking place from February to March 2022