GIS - 30 August, 2013: The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Xavier-Luc Duval, gave yesterday at Le Touessrok Hotel, Trou d’Eau Douce the first clap for the shooting of the second film launched under the Rebate Scheme. The scheme was introduced in 2012 with a view to promote the development of film shooting and post-production activities in Mauritius.
The scheme which comprises a 30% rebate for the qualified production expenditure in Mauritius is part of the support framework for the film industry developed by the Government in collaboration with the Board of Investment (BOI). In a bid a to stimulate the interest of film makers and give an additional boost to this activity, the threshold which was 25% since 2012 has been increased to 30% in March this year.
The first clap of the Hindi film entitled Souten 2, was given by Mr Xavier-Luc Duval, in the presence of the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping, Mr Anil Kumar Bachoo and the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Mookhesswur Choonee.
In his address VPM Duval highlighted the benefits associated with the film industry which fits in the vision of the Government to develop new sectors of activity within the creative arts industry. He further underlined that the production of films in Mauritius will bring foreign exchange in addition to promoting Mauritius as a tourism and business destination. The Rebate scheme also aims to stimulate the interest of other producers to come to Mauritius for the shooting of their films.
For his part the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Mookhesswur Choonee, pointed out that the film rebate scheme is bearing its fruit and that Mauritius should encourage more such ventures. He recalled Mauritius is already providing training to local artists which he said are very talented resources for pre-production, production and post-production of films in Mauritius.
The rebate of 30% on eligible Qualified Production Expenditures incurred in Mauritius by a film producer with respect to the shooting of a film will include transport, accommodation, manpower, catering, and the hiring of equipment and premises in Mauritius. In addition to film production, the scope of the rebate has been broadened to include TV serials and commercials.
To be eligible under the Film Rebate Scheme the minimum costs have to be incurred in Mauritius by the film producer. The Qualifying Production Expenditure per project are as follows: Feature films (including animation) Rs 100 000, Television drama series or single dramas Rs 50 000, Television documentary Rs 50 000, Other television programmes Rs 30,000 and Commercials Rs 30,000.
The BOI marketed the film framework project internationally and targeted presentations were organised with film producers in India, UK, France and South Africa. BOI also participated in the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival with a view to presenting the scheme to professionals of the film industry.
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