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Film Industry Freelancers in Crisis

Let us not leave anyone behind

To all of you who have enjoyed having shoots and felt the benefits of the South African film industry over the years, the frightening reality in South Africa is that there is no social safety net.
The film industry is made up of freelancers, many of whom live from hand to mouth.
There is no UIF (unemployment benefit) for these people. There are no government hand-outs. Our film crews, who are the bedrock of all of our productions, are slipping through the cracks.

How can you help?

When the work stopped (which was weeks before the official shut-down) our crews simply stopped earning altogether. We, as all who benefit from this industry, need to look after our own. It is time we help, and we hope that you may consider returning the favours we so often ask of our crews whilst they are on location.

So we are calling on everyone involved in the industry. Clients, ad agencies, production houses, and the Location Agents and their Locations to donate now to the Commercial Producers Association’s (CPA) Covid-19 Fund. It is not financial relief. It is merely a stop-gap measure to meet the most pressing and urgent needs of freelancers in the film community.

All donations will be given out in the form of grocery vouchers for Checkers, to nominated crew members who are caught desperately short. The CPA are carefully vetting the applicants. There are no admin fees, every cent goes to our crew to put food on the table.

We need these crews for the industry to be able to carry on when shoots return, and in order to do that, we feel strongly that we must help these valuable crew members now.

If you are able to help, Amazing Spaces and the Film Industry in general as well as the CPA Exco would be so grateful, and we thank you in advance!

 

Account Name: CPA Trust Account
Bank / Branch : Standard Bank / Rosebank Branch
Account Number: 20 226 356 8
Reference: Your name / Amazing Spaces

 

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