Three South African films recently won top awards at an international tourism film festival in Viseu, Portugal. The big winner was ‘Mzansea’, directed and edited by Otto Whitehead, which celebrates the treasures of South Africa’s oceans and the conservation efforts that have led to the extent of its marine protected areas increasing from 0.4% to 5%.

FC Hamman taking time out of his busy schedule to enjoy breakfast at The Eatery, one of his favourite restaurants in Hermanus.

The other two films, ‘Welcome to Khayelitsha’ and ‘Love Hermanus’ each came second in their respective categories.

‘Love Hermanus’, which was entered in the locations category, was directed and edited by FC Hamman, an award-winning filmmaker and drone cinematography specialist. FC says he made the short film after South Africa had been in lockdown for many weeks, and he and his friend, Shane Sauvage of La Pentola, agreed that “the people of Hermanus needed something to lift their spirits”.

After securing the rights to the music at his own cost – a South African composition called ‘Sacred Quest’ – FC used footage owned by his company, FC Hamman Films and edited the film to the beat of the music, also at no remuneration. The uplifting film, which makes use of FC’s exciting drone shots, can be viewed on YouTube (https://youtu.be/kZ86lsPeaJ0).

The film was widely shared on social media platforms, not only to kickstart domestic tourism to the Cape Whale Coast, but also to promote the area as a desirable film location. “International production teams who come here to shoot on location are a huge potential source of income and job opportunities,” says FC. “And where in the world could you find more diverse and more beautiful locations than here?”

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