Local Film Industry: Five Production Companies Interested

9 years, 11 months ago - February 21, 2012
The government plans to launch a pilot, the Film Rebate Scheme to lay the groundwork for a film industry. This announcement was made by the Cabinet on Friday last.

"As announced in Budget 2012, the Film Rebate Scheme will be launched on a pilot basis. The objective of this program is to stimulate the interest of filmmakers and promoting establishment of a film industry in Mauritius."

The Film Rebate Scheme will be a legal framework for the establishment of a film industry, to attract renowned producers. To stimulate the interest of foreign producers, the government will contribute 25% to expenditures related to the production of a film, as is done in the world. 

In announcing the measures in Budget 2012, Finance Minister, Xavier Luc Duval hoped that this will give a boost to our film industry, will open avenues for local producers and increase the international visibility of the country. The Grand Silversmiths, has, in fact, budgeted for this purpose, a sum that should be used to develop an appropriate framework for developing the local film industry. Maurice would become a preferred location for film shoots, dubbing and cartoon production. 

According to the Board of Investment, five major production companies including Great Britain, India, and the region have been waiting for implementation of the "Scheme" to begin shooting in Mauritius. It is indeed, the promotion agency that is supposed to stimulate the desire of the filmmakers to shoot in Mauritius. The industry certainly now virtual, is part of the new economic pillars that will tap the country. 

It was during his visit last January, in Europe, the Minister of Finance, where he held meetings with investors Europe, this project seems to have struck a chord. The development of film industry has indeed been working meetings during this mission. The officers of the Board of Investment who participated, subsequently established a follow-up. 

Note that this ambition to redraw the Mauritian in Hollywood or Bollywood, is not new. Former Finance Minister Rama Sithanen had thought, in 2005, and had sought international partnerships to develop the seventh art.

 

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