Already a favourite stomping ground for Indian filmmakers, Mauritius is even more tempting with a new film rebate
Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean situated 2,000 km from the African continent. The country consists of the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agalega and Cargados Carajos. Mauritius is mostly appreciated by tourists for its natural beauty and manmade attractions, multi-ethnic and cultural diversity, tropical climate, beautiful beaches and water sports. The contrast of colours, cultures and tastes makes the island so charming that it is an irresistible filming location.
Mauritius offers one of the most amazing and unequaled resorts in the world with 330 km of sandy beaches, blue lagoons, waterfalls, green valleys, indigenous forests, luxuriant fauna and flora, volcanic mountain ranges, stable political environment, historical heritage and a rich multicultural population.
The country has a warm, dry winter (May to November) and a hot, wet, humid summer (November to May). It has only two seasons, winter and summer. Temperatures do not differ greatly across the seasons. The climate on the central plateau is cooler than in the coastal areas.
Why Film In Mauritius
The Mauritius Film Development Corporation (MFDC) acts as a one stop shop for local and foreign filmmakers by providing relevant information, support and co-ordination. The MFDC is the interface between the local authorities and professionals in the film and audiovisual industry.
Spectacular locations: Mauritius has endless kilometers of unspoilt beaches, protected lagoons, natural and marvelous sceneries, magnificent volcanic mountain ranges, valleys, native forests, rich tropical fauna and flora and boasts a world heritage site, the Apravasi Ghat, where indentured labourers from India first landed in 1834 in Mauritius to toil in the sugarcane fields.
Time Saving/Competitive Infrastructure: The international airport is 30 minutes from the capital, Port-Louis, and about an hour from the farthest location in the country. The road infrastructure is well developed and reliable.
Low costs: High returns on investment in film production can be expected due to competitive rates.
Multilingual and multicultural society: Mauritius is a multilingual and multicultural country with a diversity of ethnic groups, thus providing a pool of extras fluent in various foreign languages, anywhere, any time and always connected. Telecommunication facilities through satellite and the optical Safe cable network provide swift reliable communication with the outside world. High-speed broadband connectivity is also available at very competitive tariffs.
Equipment & Video Editing: Heavy filming equipment namely cranes, tracks and trolleys, travelling rails, HMI lights, generator sets and reflectors are available for shooting. Video editing facilities are also available.
Film Rebate Scheme
To stimulate the interest of filmmakers and encourage the setting up of a film industry in Mauritius, the Government of Mauritius is developing a comprehensive film support framework. With immediate effect, the government is introducing a Film Rebate Scheme on a pilot basis for six months. The scheme is being administered by the Board of Investment (BOI).
According to the scheme, the government will contribute 25 per cent of the Qualified Production Expenditures (QPEs) incurred in Mauritius by a film producer with respect to the shooting of a film. The QPEs will include transport, accommodation, manpower, catering and the hiring of equipment and premises in Mauritius. The QPEs will, however, be exclusive of sponsorships.
• The scheme will be available to film production companies registered in Mauritius, including those with 100 per cent foreign ownership, or to film production companies using the services of a locally-registered online producer company;
• To ensure that the pilot scheme is a successful learning experience for the development of the film industry in Mauritius, only applications from existing series or from producers with a clear track record will be entertained
• Applications should include a defined distribution plan and the expected target audience to be reached
• Applications should include the beneficial exposure that would be given to Mauritius, including a description of local content