- 06 October, 2017:
The first edition of the Mauritius Cinema Week on the theme East meets West, showcasing international films about freedom and independence, was launched yesterday at the Château de Labourdonnais, Mapou. Several celebrities from Hollywood, Bollywood, China and European Union film industries were present for the occasion, namely Emmanuelle Béart, Justin Chadwick, SS Rajamouli, Shobhu Yarlagadda, Guy Heeley and Amma Assante.
This four-day event, spearheaded by the Board of Investment (BOI) Mauritius, is being organised in the context of the celebration of the 50 years of independence of the Republic of Mauritius, running up to the 50th anniversary on 12th March 2018.
The objectives of this cinematographic week are to promote business linkages and the development of the film industry in Mauritius, create a forum to encourage linkages between local and international film producers as well as stimulate, popularise and put the spot light on the nascent local film industry and market the incentives under the Film Rebate Scheme. This event also aims at positioning Mauritius as an attractive shooting location in the region.
In his opening remarks on the occasion, the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, emphasised the importance of the event which he said has laid the foundation for a new era for the country's film industry. According to him, the event serves as the ideal platform for Mauritius to inspire from the Western and Eastern experience as far as film industry is concerned. He further highlighted that this sharing of experience will be very beneficial to all Mauritians by building awareness and support to the emerging creative industries.
For his part, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, termed the event as a premiere in Mauritius where Mauritians will have the chance to experience projection of films in the presence of renowned celebrities. He further pointed out that the audio visual industry is seen as the future key growth sector and that Government is sparing no efforts at promoting the industry through the BOI and the Mauritius Film Development Corporation to make of Mauritius a beacon of cultural creativity to the world.
He also underlined that during the Cinema Week, Mauritius will become the crossroads of Hollywood meeting Bollywood influencing the shaping of new trends in film art while giving a new impetus to the development of cinema on the island.
Mauritius Cinema Week
The Mauritius Cinema Week will be graced by an award ceremony on 07 October 2017 to honour high-profile persons of the cinema world for their outstanding contributions to the film industry.
As part of the Cinema Week, the Mauritian population will be given the opportunity to watch popular international films on “freedom” and “independence” on the big screen and give the audience the unique opportunity to watch in different cinema halls around the island significant classic films that have been shot in Mauritius.
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