Welcome to the first issue of Showcase magazine of 2011; Showcase Cape Town, brought to you by Production Paradise. We feature the very best of the South African visual media industry, with more information available in our dedicated Film and Photo directories.

South Africa and Cape Town hosted five Academy Award winners this summer, elevating the country's status to that of world-class destination for feature productions. Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Hudson and Terence Howard were all treated to South African production excellence.

Also, the newly opened  Cape Town Film Studios will be the production space for two-thirds of the new action feature, Judge Dredd.

Our members can find some new production offers around the world and post jobs, deals and other ideas on our Marketplace.

Our cover photo was shot by Christoph Martin Schmid.