Making a movie on time and budget won’t win it any Oscars, but attempting to do even that exposes producers, investors, actors, directors and everyone associated with the production to significant risk.
Our specialist Film Guarantors team has a keen understanding of the filmmaking process, as well as the financial pitfalls that exist within the environment. We insure South African movies, TV series and documentaries (and co-productions with international production houses) against the costs associated with any delay in production.
We provide incisive insurance solutions based on an assessment of a project’s script, budget, time frame and, ultimately, the feasibility of it meeting its backers’ obligations and generating a return on their investment.
Cover includes the costs of fulfilling the obligation to complete and deliver the film and the provision of “finishing funds” if it runs over budget. (Film producer’s indemnity insurance, which covers sets, props, wardrobe, equipment, illness of nominated cast and crew members, and vehicle or personal accident cover, are not included and must be separately obtained.)
Early intervention is key to containing cost overruns, and our involvement in the production process from script to screen means we can monitor progress and costs off-site (via our unique app), diagnose potential glitches and take swift remedial action whenever necessary.
As the guarantor of choice in South Africa over the past four years, we’ve bonded over 150 films, with budgets close to R1.5-billion.