Earn up to R1200 an hour by listing your property for commercial shoots on Filmspace


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South African property owners can now earn up to R1200 per hour on the new web-based platform called Flimspace.

Described as the Airbnb of film locations, Filmspace connects owners of homes and other property with film crews and allows scouting agents to browse spaces according to geographical location, price range, and type.

“Property owners, called hosts, are able to list residential, commercial, studio and mobile property, all of which has dramatically expanded the industry offering,” says Filmspace founder, Blanche Franken.

All communication and agreements between the parties are done via the platform. Filmspace covers all the admin, including up to R1 million host liability underwritten by Santam. While it’s free to list a property on the platform, Filmspace will take a 15% commission fee for each successful booking.

A host can set their own rates when listing their properties, but Franken recommends that residential homeowners should charge two to three times more than they would when renting out to accommodation/travellers and divide that amount by 12 to get their hourly rate on the platform.”

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While rate will differ according to the property type and film crews’ requirements, the industry average for renting a residential space is around R14,000 for a full 12-hour day. Roughly R1,200 per hour.

“The great thing about renting to the film industry is that you can rent your house for the day and still come back and live in your home. It doesn’t need to be an extra room or holiday home that you are renting out, it’s also peace of mind knowing that you are renting to industry professionals.”

Knowing what filmmakers are looking for in a location gives homeowners an advantage. According to Franken, it’s not so much about the specific home but rather specific elements within the property. “Categories we see do very well are natural-looking spaces (contemporary modern), villas, farm-style homes, lofts, rooftops, colourful spaces, everyday homes, beautiful kitchens, open fields,” he said.

“It is important for hosts to know that filmmakers are only looking to use a certain section of their spaces, which means if you have unique features in your space, you can list it on Filmspace.”

The pandemic has had devasting effects on both the hospitality and film industry. Filmspace is a fantastic way for each industry to bolster the other. According to the National Film and Video Foundation, South Africa’s film industry is worth over R12.2 billion, with 89% of the market value reliant on production. It’s also estimated that the sector employs 25,000 South Africans.

Filmspace has already listed over 400 locations in the Western Cape and plans to roll out to hosts in Durban and Johannesburg in the near future. Visit Filmspace for more information and read more trending news, right here.


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