Film Rebate Scheme: Rs 145 Million Invested in Filming in Mauritius

7 years, 1 month ago - April 24, 2014
Rs 145 million. This is the amount paid to date by producers for filming movies in Mauritius since 2012. A dozen projects have been approved this year through the Film Rebate Scheme (FRS).

With this plan, producers receive a discount of 30% on expenses for the filming of movies and documentaries, among others. This plan also applies to expenses related to aircraft, transportation, housing, legal assistance, rental cameras and lighting equipment and other tickets. The FRS is open to companies of movies recorded in Mauritius. It also covers companies of movies whose shareholding is 100% owned by foreigners. The FRS has so far approved 21 projects, including 14 feature films and seven television series and commercial.

The government has decided to increase the amount of fee reduction shooting 25-30% in order to encourage producers to film to make shooting in Mauritius. In doing so, he hopes that the sector will be open to local talent for filming movies and more Mauritians will engage in the film industry.

Approximately 250 movies have, to date, been shot in Mauritius. Producers concerned have not got facilities falling under the Film Rebate Scheme. In 2013, seven producers of movies foreigners came to Mauritius. They, themselves, received a 30% discount on expenses related to equipment rental, catering, rental sites and the use of local artists. To attract producers, began a campaign in India, France, South Africa and Germany.

The Department of Arts and Culture, it insists that the FRS is necessary to enable the film industry to become a competitive sector. Some countries offer a Film Rebate Scheme 50%, while Maurice offers FRS 30%. To boost the industry, the Department of Arts account to defray the former premises of the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation in Forest Side for the production of movies and video clips as well as provide training for Mauritians to that they can acquire the skills to get roles in films to be shot in Mauritius.

 

Text by Le Matinal

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