Film production incentives, employment transformation and domestic expenditure in South Africa: visualizing subsidy effectiveness

Alan Collins, Alessio Ishizaka, Jen Snowball

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Abstract

In 2004 the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) introduced a Film and Television Production Rebate Programme. In order to qualify for the rebate, certain criteria have to be met including success in job creation and skills development within the industry, alongside a particular focus on the percentage of “historically disadvantaged individuals” (HDIs) employed. This study sets out the issues associated with evaluating success in meeting these various criteria and is, to the best of our knowledge, the first study to apply multi-criteria visualization techniques to inform the evaluation of public subsidy effectiveness. The ‘PROMETHEE’ method is applied and apart from presenting project performance in a visually intuitive manner, the approach helps to clarify patterns of relative success, show where policy objectives are competing, and to identify project exemplars for more efficiently guiding future public support in the sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-592
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Policy
Volume25
Issue number2
Early online date14 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • words
  • subsidy effectiveness
  • employment
  • film industry
  • transformation
  • South Africa

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