Filmspace seeks expansion in South Africa

South Africa: Cape Town-based peer-to-peer marketplace Filmspace, which connects filmmakers with hosts who have unique film-friendly locations on offer, is seeking to expand its offering into more cities in South Africa, such as Johannesburg and Durban.

Dubbed the “Airbnb of the local film industry”, Filmspace allows users to both search and book locations for filming, while property owners and managers can list their own homes and apartments to earn new revenue streams. 

Hosts and owners are able to set their own flexible booking rules and rates to cater for different crew sizes and filming equipment.

Its founder, Blanche Franken, told Ventureburn: “While studying film, I saw so many projects just never leave the ground. Production is expensive. I wanted to create a platform that would not only allow property owners to make extra money, but to also make the industry more accessible.”

Founded in 2019, Filmspace aims to tap into an increasingly lucrative market, worth a reported 12 billion South African rand [approximately US$800 million], by providing residential, commercial, studio and mobile property listings in ideal filming locations for affordable rates.

The platform currently lists more than 400 properties, including the Cederberg’s Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve, the Radisson RED Hotel, and the President Hotel.