Annually in October of each year, Locations Africa hosts a conference that showcases and discusses Africa’s strength and ability to produce and service inbound, regional and local films who want to shoot on location. Delegates have an opportunity to interact with each other and debate with panellists live in venue and online as a hybrid event.
There are many festivals and markets taking place in Africa and of Africa, but none that focuses in on the physical production value chain. The Locations Africa conference fills this void of discussion between production planning and the screening showcase of the films made. We discuss what happens in physical production, which locations are film friendly, what equipment is available, what skills are on hand, shoot facilities and how in-bound production can benefit from incentives etc. we also discuss the ins and outs of servicing.
2019 year saw the launch of the 1st Locations Africa Expo and conference in partnership with the Durban International Film Festival and the Durban Film Mart.
2020 (July) Locations Africa joined forces with DFM once again though this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a digital offering
2021 (July) will see Locations Africa appear on the DFM program hosting a panel on 3D Locations
2021 (October) the first hybrid session of Locations Africa, an independent conference on content production.
2022 (October) the second hybrid session of the conference, featured more global speakers and a global online audience of over 24 countries doubling our reach from 2021
2023 October 5 & 6 2023 is set to be bigger with greater global reach and more in-depth discussions with a stronger exhibition platform.
The conference goes into details on physical production; Locations, Servicing, Facilities, Skills/crew, location and post-production incentives, creative shooting, shooting for 3D/VFX/CGI/Green Screen, technology in the production process, pivoting due to pandemics and other relevant topics.
Partnerships will assist us in bringing this high-level discussion forum to the industry helping to move the needle forward on creating more awareness of this major part of the filming value chain where most of the expenditure rests and technology adapts.
Africa is a fast paced and growing market across all audio-visual creative genres and they all have one thing in common, that is the skills, locations and facilities requirements to produce and the post-production requirements.
The partnership will give you access to filmmakers from the continent and experts in the field who continue to produce high-end world class productions.
The conference also services the critical need to upskill entrants into the servicing market, filmmakers who have the professional expertise to produce their own creative projects but have not pivoted to servicing.
This two-day conference is hinged on discussing the strategic role facilitation is and the role of content production.
Our aim by the close of the session is to have imparted knowledge to filmmakers wanting work cross boarder and for inbound producers to gain a stronger sense of understanding of the current situation and facilities on the ground.
We are extending the conversation slightly to include items on Content development and how to shoot great content. We will discuss budgeting for servicing, shooting on location and rebates. The huge element of discussion will be technology and how we have had to pivot to respond to briefs and the growth of VFX, 3D Locations, VR and the infamous green screen. Industries that would be talked upon are Film, Commercials, short form content for streaming platforms such as YouTube, Instagram TV, Facebook and content produced for streaming platforms such as NETFLIX, Amazon, Disney+, Showmax and other incoming players.
In full “Familiarization tours” help the producer, the location scout, art directors and others, understand a location, generally a country, a city, or a province, its facilities, its amenities, who the locals are, what incentives are available and who is on the ground to work as servicing and production agents.
Fam tours are a term used for tours that are targeted at giving those interested in working in an area a tour of the locations.In full “Familiarization tours” help the producer, the location scout, art directors and others, understand a location, generally a country, a city, or a province, its facilities, its amenities, who the locals are, what incentives are available and who is on the ground to work as servicing and production agents.
For more information on our Tours please click here.
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