New regulations hurt local film industry

The CFC is concerned about new developments in visa and aviation rules.

The Cape Film Commission is worried new developments in visa and aviation rules could negatively affect the film industry.Picture: Stock.Xchng.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Film Commission (CFC) is worried new developments in visa and aviation rules could negatively affect the film industry.

The Department of Home Affairs now prohibits foreigners from using agents for visa applications.

Visitors are also not allowed to renew or change their status if already in the country.

The other issue that may put off international film crews is the South African Civil Aviation Authority's ban on camera drones.

The film industry in Cape Town contributes billions to the local economy.

But the CFC has warned Home Affairs may be throwing a spanner in the works with cumbersome new visa regulations.

The commission's Denis Lillie says it's now going to be costly and inconvenient for foreign film crews.

"Once their three months have expired they can't apply for an extension, they'll have to return to their home country to apply for that. If you have a long term television series, [the regulations] can be a deal-breaker."