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Italy, S. Africa pact for pix

Treaty to give filmmakers foothold in European industry

JOHANNESBURG — Italy and South Africa have finalized a draft agreement for a co-production treaty, which is expected to be officially signed in February or March during a planned visit to South Africa by an Italian Arts and Culture Ministry delegation.

A spokesman for South Africa’s Dept. of Arts and Culture said the agreement was being scrutinized by the relevant government and legal departments, “but there should not be any insurmountable problems. The will is there from both governments — we are keen to get this deal through.”

The co-production treaty will be South Africa’s second (it already has one with Canada); it will give South African filmmakers a foothold in the European industry.

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