The event will see companies from the film industry participating in four days of discussions, networking, and workshops all designed to support the growth of the industry – including its affiliate and support services.

The event will include an exhibition space, panel discussions, targeted workshops, and networking opportunities with the aim of enabling film production companies to interact with the range of affiliate and support industries required for the growth of the sector.

Government and associated city support agencies will also be part of the event, with a focus on informing and educating producers on issues ranging from funding and tax incentives to permits and location opportunities.

The CTIFMF will be a multi-purpose event; a business development and sales opportunity for industry support businesses, a networking event for industry stakeholders, and an educational platform whereby practice information will be shared across a range of competencies.

The event is aimed to encourage collaboration between Cape Town-based companies, as well as to forge relationships across the country, and the continent. The event will also create the space for networking between businesses, and between business and government, in order to drive the growth of the industry – not just regionally, but across the entire sector.

The event is supported by the City of Cape Town. Mayor Patricia de Lille adds, "The City of Cape Town is indeed proud of the CTIFMF for making strides in developing the film industry in our city. We are committed to enhancing this growth by positioning Cape Town as the film hub of Africa, and supporting the local film industry, as it is a key job creator."

She adds, "We are determined to work harder so that Cape Town can become even more globally competitive in this important sector by creating an environment that attracts investment and more international film productions."

The CTIFMF marketing director says, "The CTIFMF’s aim is to establish collaborative opportunities, discover new voices, and to broaden their respective landscapes within which they conduct business – and Cape Town is the perfect setting for this. Cape Town is a brand in its own right, and its alignment with the CTIFMF adds a tremendous amount of credibility and stature to the global film industry brand we are in the process of building."

All industry stakeholders, including all support services such as logistics, location support and scouting, crew hire, equipment sales, rental, security, catering, transport, post-production, technology and software, and related services are invited to take part by exhibiting their products and services in the official expo space.

Further opportunities for these companies will include networking lounges, speaking opportunities, press conferences for product announcements, and more. 

The event will run alongside the Cape Town International Film Festival, which will include film screenings from across the world, as well as a complimentary schedule of discussions and workshops with a pan-African and international focus that delegates can also attend.

For more information, contact d.winterburn@hotmail.com or visit www.filmfestival.capetown. Alternatively, connect with them on Facebook.