Co-productions have a crucial role to play in this respect. Not only can they contribute to the expansion of the film, television and video production and distribution industries of partner countries, but they can develop cultural and economic exchanges and bring financial and economic benefit through the use of local locations, the expansion of markets and the development of skills.
Co-production offers the opportunity to bridge the gap between two worlds: In South Africa, collaborative production can help bridge the gap between rich and poor – the so-called “first and second economy”; globally, co-production can help bridge a similar gap between rich and poor countries, northern and southern realities, and between producers from different cultures.
The really significant ingredient in this mix is the people – the relationship between the co-producers who bring their creativity, skills, experience, and perspectives to bear on the production process.
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