Off the Fence
Off the Fence is an award-winning producer of factual television and digital cinema content for a wide range of international broadcasters including History Channel, MTV, BBC, Channel 4, MSNBC, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery, Smithsonian Earth, The Weather Channel and Netflix.
As well as producing high quality content Off the Fence are also the world’s leading independent factual distribution company.
They pride themselves on their long-term partnerships with wide-ranging global producer clients and have exclusive distribution arrangements with Smithsonian Channel, WEtv, Fox International Channels, and Nuvo TV.
It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. It is evident that because of our impact, marine ecosystems are drowning in waste, noise, oil, and carbon emissions. What we seem to forget is that covering more than 70 percent of the earth, our oceans are among the earth’s most valuable natural resources. Oceans govern the weather, clean the air, help feed the world, and provide a living for millions. Because of overfishing, populations of marine species are either becoming depleted or very underpopulated in certain parts of the ocean. If we want future
generations to enjoy the benefits our oceans provide, the time to act is now.
It is against this background that WILDOCEANS, a programme of the WILDTRUST, was born in the context of accelerated plans for development in the Southern African marine sector and the sustainable development goals of the Blue Economy.
The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP)
Building the capacity to sustain the processes which support life…
The work being done off the RV Angra Pequena, specifically conducting offshore MPA science, multi- disciplinary research and youth capacity building (through the Ocean Stewards), is in partnership between WILDOCEANS and ACEP (the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme).
The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) is a research platform which aims to provide access to research infrastructure (e.g. ship’s time, coastal craft, remote operated vehicles, etc.) and associated funding to the research community to undertake multi-disciplinary marine research along the east and south coast of South Africa. ACEP is a flagship programme of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) and its key partners are the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA – Oceans and Coasts) and the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). ACEP is managed by the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) which is a National Facility of the NRF.
KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC)
In 2018, WILDOCEANS partnered with the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) to produce the “Our Oceans” film. KZNFC was established in accordance with a provincial Act passed in 2010. Their vision is to position KwaZulu-Natal as a globally competitive, diverse and sustainable industry and choice film destination. KZNFC’s overall mission is to facilitate effective support throughout the value chain to the local and international film industry stakeholders: to create opportunities and to grow the KwaZulu-Natal film industry
The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is set to begin fulfilling its mandate to make the province a film production centre. In 2014/2015, the KZNFC developed systems and policies to support and attract national and international role-players in the film industry.