Filming By-Laws aim to create balance for residents and film industry

Filming is a major generator of revenue for the City of Cape Town.

As the industry has grown, so has the need for renewed legal guidelines for the benefit of residents and for the industry.

Public comment on a new draft by-law concludes tomorrow.

One of the new proposals give single residences filming permits – with limits.

John Maytham speaks to Rudy Riek, Commercial Producers Association, about the proposed amendments.

The City is definitely trying their best to find that balance.

Rudy Riek, Commercial Producers Association

Riek says no film shoot can take place in a residential area unless the abutting residents give consent.

But if the crew contains eight people or less and the shoot will be contained to the inside of that property and not contravening the noise by-laws then you would not need to engage in consultation from residents.

There are a lot more teeth is this By-Law.

Rudy Riek, Commercial Producers Association

If film companies contravene the Filming By-Laws they could face fines or even jail time.

Listen to the full interview below:

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