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After fun, frolic and Calypso beats, the island nation of Trinidad & Tobago is seeking to popularise itself as a filming destination with a new incentive programme

Trinidad and Tobago, officially the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is an archipelagic state in the southern Caribbean, just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and south of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles. It shares maritime boundaries with other nations including Barbados to the northeast, Guyana to the southeast, and Venezuela to the south and west.

Whether you are seeking adventure, culture or a nightlife setting for your film, Trinidad and Tobago is waiting to amaze you with its diverse locations. From the cosmopolitan streets of Port-of-Spain to the tranquil beaches of Tobago, there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a relaxing setting or a residential location, there are various resources to help you shoot.

Trinidad and Tobago is a multi-cultural country where just about everything is celebrated. It is known as the home of lively living, with carnivals, steel bands and regular dancing events there. The islands lie close to the coast of Venezuela. Trinidad has a mountain range north of Port-of-Spain, while much of the rest of the island is flat. Tobago has some heavily wooded areas which include a protected rainforest as well as beaches. The diverse landscapes including pristine beaches, untouched rainforests and many vibrant cities.

Trinidad and Tobago are southeasterly islands of the Antilles. The country consists of the two main islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and numerous smaller landforms – including Chacachacare, Monos, Huevos, Gaspar Grande, Little Tobago, and St Giles Island.

Climate            

The climate is tropical, with high relative humidity. The coolest months are January and February, when the average minimum temperature is about 20 °C. The warmest months are April, May, and October, which have an average maximum temperature of about 32 °C. In general, mean temperatures range between 25 °C in February and 29 °C in April. Temperatures vary significantly between day and night, and the climate along the coast is tempered by sea breezes.

Production Incentives

The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (TTFC) recently introduced a competitive rebate programme with a view to attracting international producers. This incentive, the Production Expenditure Rebate Program, provides cash rebates up to 35 per cent on expenditures accrued while filming in the twin island paradise.

These rebates apply to the following areas of filmmaking:

• Rental of local equipment, supplies and services

• Payment to the police, fire and ambulance services

• Wardrobe, props and related items

• Location fees

• Employment of local cast and crew

• Accommodation and food

• Local travel and transportation costs (including drivers)

The TTFC will evaluate the applications with special reference to:

• The total estimated expenditure in Trinidad and Tobago

• The level of employment of Trinidad and Tobago crew

• A script that does not portray Trinidad and Tobago in a negative light

Transport

The transport system consists of a network of roads across both major islands, ferries connecting Port-of-Spain with Scarborough and San Fernando, and commercial airports on both islands. Public transportation options on land are public buses, private taxis and minibuses. By sea, the options are inter-island ferries and inter-city water taxis.

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