The Namibian economy lost over N$1 million following the cancellation of 18 International productions which were set to film between January and July 2020.
The productions cancelled due to Covid-19 have also impacted employment as well as local productions. According to Namibia Film Commission (NFC) Board Chairperson, Joel Haikali local content producers were unable to work due to national lock down restrictions. However, work is gradually resuming in stage three of the lockdown phase.
“I am very happy to share with you that at least four local productions are getting into production and the others are already preparing to get into production as well,” he stated.
Haikali further assured that through consultations with the film industry the Namibia Film Commission we has been trying to explore ways on how it can equally benefit from the 8.1 billion relief package that was made available by the government.
“Consultations are still ongoing. We have been engaging our line ministry, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology trying to look at ways and how best the film production companies and film makers can benefit from that,” said Haikali.