'South Africa is in the business of making movies and commercials that cost half as much as they look' - Time Magazine

Why shoot in South Africa?

It makes sense to choose South Africa as your filming destination

It’s a no-brainer choosing South Africa as your filming destination. It provides exceptional production value and an attractive package for any visiting production company or agency.

As a result of South Africa’s incredibly favourable exchange rate, prices are highly competitive and represent excellent value for the worldclass services and facilities offered.

In addition to this Value Added Tax (VAT) of 14% on almost all costs can be claimed back on your behalf.

First World Infrastructure

Cape Town is one of the top cities in the world and has been named as the “World Design Capital” for 2014. “Conde Naste” recently voted Cape Town as one of the top 5 cities in the world to visit.

South Africa hosted the 2010 Soccer World Cup and offers the very best in luxury accommodation, entertainment and service available on the planet.

From beach to safari, adventure to spa, we know the right spots and will be happy to advise you and assist with any arrangements.

Our state of the art communication and transport infrastructure is the pride of Africa and is at your disposal.

Anywhere in the world – 2 hours from Cape Town

With the diversity of looks that South Africa enjoys, you can mirror pretty much anywhere in the world. An extensive range of locations, including white sand beaches, cities boasting various architectural styles, mountains, lakes, sand dunes, African Plains and African wildlife to name but a few. We can match your own country’s look and feel.

Providing world-class film studios, including the newly built Hollywood-style Cape Town Film Studios a complex of 4 sound stages completes Cape Town’s profile as a world-class filming destination that can service your production requirements – from commercials to major Hollywood features.

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Highly skilled & experienced crew

An abundant and established pool of world-class technical, creative and business expertise is at your command. South Africa boasts some of the best film crew in the world and have been described by the likes of Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington and many more famous filmmakers as amazing, versatile and hardworking . There’s no need to import heads of department or any other crew when filming in South Africa.

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State of the art gear availability

Full range of cutting edge specialized equipment is available for hire.

Equipment suppliers such as Panavision, Panalux, Media Film Service, Take 2 are based in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Consistent investment by the leading suppliers in latest generation gear ensures that only world-class equipment is supplied.

Sunny Cape Town

Cape Town offers a temperate sunny climate enabling you to shoot most of the year. Mid summer days are 14 hours long and temperatures ranging from 15 – 35 deg. C.

Cape Town’s climate is Mediterranean, with warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters. During summer (October to May) the temperature on the coast generally ranges between 15°C and 35°C (while inland it increases by approximately 3-5°C), although recent summers have seen temperatures in the City Bowl soaring to over 40°C. In winter (May to August) it ranges between 7°C and 18°C.

The season starts getting slightly chillier around April. The lovely autumn colours draw people out of town to forests in Newlands and Constantia, as well as the Winelands.

Average temperatures and monthly rainfall in Cape Town:

Jan     16-26˚C / 61-79˚F – 15mm / 0.6in
Feb     16-27˚C / 61-81˚F – 17mm / 0.7in
Mar     14-25˚C / 57-77˚F – 20mm / 0.8in
Apr     12-23 ˚C / 54˚-73˚F – 41mm / 1.6in
May     9-20˚C / 48-68˚F – 68mm / 2.7in
June    8-18˚C / 46-64˚F – 93mm / 3.7in
July     7-18˚C / 45-64˚F – 82mm / 3.2in
Aug     8-18˚C / 46-64˚F – 77mm / 3.0in
Sept    9-19˚C / 48-66˚F – 40mm / 1.6in
Oct     11-21˚C / 52-70˚F – 0mm / 1.2in
Nov    13-24˚C / 55-75˚F – 14mm / 0.5in
Dec    15-25˚C / 59-77˚F – 17mm / 0.7in

Our Service

We combine the experience and talents of creative and production specialists in the film industry, with a proven track record of providing advanced solutions to the complete African film production brief. We have nurtured long-standing industry relationships with crew and support services, providing extensive local industry experience as commercial, feature & documentary service facilitators.



Replicate any location in the world, within a two hour travel from Cape Town. Extensive range of locations.


The South African sun brings a host of international talent to our shores every year, bolstering the already formidable local talent at your disposal.

Post Production

We offer a full range of post-production services.


Advice and guidance on SA Government incentive schemes/ foreign personnel immigration, visa and insurance services.

As well as the above listed services, we also provide guidance and support for anything and everything to do with making your film project a complete success and your stay in South Africa a pleasurable and rewarding one.


MovaShaka is run by three film pioneers with a passion for the field and decades of experience as both entreprenuers and committed film makers.

Gabriel Williams has worn many hats in the colorful 20 years he has invested in the local and international film industries. Having initially plied his trade as a First Assistant Director, steering hundreds of commercials & many local and international feature films to successful completion, Gabriel took on the challenge of owning and running a local Stunt and Special Effects company for seven years, servicing both local & international productions.

Having also produced a number of commercials throughout his career, as well as winning a Best Director award, Gabriel has decided to turn his hand to that of being at the forefront of international film production facilitation in Southern Africa and surrounds, and more specifically, Cape Town.

With his unique perspective of the film industry, local network and expertise, Gabriel is well positioned, with Mova Shaka, to both completely understand your production needs, and fulfill them in the most cost effective and time efficient manner.

Click here to view Gabriel’s IMDB profile

After serving a number of years in the Legal world, Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit got the better of him. With a number of successful business ventures behind him, Mark driven by a childhood dream, produced his first feature film “A Lucky Man” which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and was nominated for Movie of the Year in SAITV Awards.

With a calm and measured demeanor, Mark, relying on his legal background is fast thinking and proactive in solving problems. Impeccable and widespread local film industry knowledge and connections gives him the bleeding edge advantage in finding and negotiating the best deals possible for visiting International Producers. Mark is a pleasure to work with.

After graduating George became interested in photography and in 1971 he started a career as a fashion photographer. In 1982 he founded The Grand Taste Production Company which was responsible for creating advertisements for clients such as Edgar’s, Lorenzo etc. Seven years later, in 1989, George, who featured in Greek Forum 1993, directed several commercial movies and entered the field of film production for clients such as Chivas, Sunday Times and many others.

In 1996 he decided to move to Cape Town which had become the commercial capital of the Southern Hemisphere. George spent a year freelancing as an executive producer and today produces for MovaShaka. He is considered to be one of the serious players in the local and international film industry having produced for major production companies and directed many commercials.

Contact Us

Gabriel: +27 (0) 82 821 0875 Mark: +27 (0) 82 566 0072 Address: 28 Park Avenue, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806. info@movashaka.tv - gabriel@movashaka.tv mark@movashaka.tv

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