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CLARITY ON THE PROJECT ANGELS CLAIMS, THAT THE KWAZULU-NATAL FILM COMMISSION HAS DEFAULTED ON PAYMENT

April 7, 2022

It has come to the attention of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission that the feature film Angels has not been able to meet its financial obligations to its service providers.  Sadly, they claim that the reason for them not being able to pay their contracted service providers is due to KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission not releasing funds due to the project.   The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission has no alternative but to set the record straight through this statement, as this wrong information has been communicated widely to the production team of Angels as well as members of industry in KZN.  The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission wishes to state categorically that the claims being made are completely false and a misrepresentation of facts

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is a  Government owned entity which is bound by the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act and approved funding policies.  All applications submitted for funding are assessed against approved funding conditions. Once a project is awarded funding by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, the funding conditions are explained to the funding applicant in writing as well as in a meeting called a deal memo meeting. Post a deal memo meeting the conditions and agreement with a filmmaker are reduced to writing and signed by both parties. Once all funders have confirmed funding to a project and all processes are followed as prescribed, the project is paid out the funding in tranches as agreed with the producer and as per the signed contract between the parties.  The projects are advised not to begin production until all of these conditions are met.

The project entitled Angels, did not follow due process and went into production against the advise of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission.  In such circumstances, the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is unable to pay the project as due process was not followed and this would be deemed irregular. Communication with the project has always been clear and regular.  The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission has all the records confirming all communication with the project.

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission remains committed to growing the industry in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and supporting projects that are willing to follow processes and abide by the funding conditions that have been put in place to ensure that all funds are accounted for and utilised in a reasonable and transparent manner.

Last modified: April 7, 2022

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