SouthAfrica is in talks about a co-production treaty with the UK, according to theorganisation spearheading the development of South Africanfilm.
NationalFilm and Video Foundation (NFVF) chief executive Eddie Mbalo told a Cannespress conference that the UK would be added to similar agreements already beensigned with Italy, Germany and Canada.
"People have long been calling for a UKtreaty and today was can confidently say that the process is underway," hesaid.
The NFVFbelieves co-production deals and financial incentives will help make SouthAfrica a serious consideration as an international location for shoots.
But Mbalosaid it was important that investment helped further support a rising localindustry.
"We are telling the world that SouthAfrica is now a film-making country with 26 films made in the last two years,"said Mbalo. "That's a revolution."
A SouthAfrican delegation of government agencies and talent was in Cannes for thesecond year and believes it is on the verge of breakthrough success ininternational cinema.
Supporting the film-makers is national financedevelopment institution, the IDC, which confirmed its continuing investment infilm.