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AG Clarifies 2.5 Multiplying Effect on Movies Shot Here

AG Clarifies 2.5 Multiplying  Effect on Movies Shot Here
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum makes a point in Parliament. Photo: Parliament of Fiji
July 14
11:20 2017

The turnover effect of money spent in Fiji when any international movie or television series is shot here has a 2.5 multiplying effect to the total sum envisaged to be spent on the production.

The multiplying effect refers to the increase in final income arising from any new injection of spending.

And, for any film shooting to be held in Fiji to qualify for the 47 per cent rebate, students from the Fiji National University’s Audio and Visual School should be hired for technical expertise.

This in turn also provides hands on experience for FNU students in film making, thus building the nation’s own capacity.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum gave this explanation after members of the Opposition asked for an increase in allocation to Film Fiji in the 2017-2018 National Budget.

In saying that the Budget allocation for the Film Fiji of $2,087,450 was sufficient Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Opposition actually needed to know what exactly was happening.

He had responded to the motion put forward by the Shadow Minister for Economy, Aseri Radrodro which was backed by fellow SODELPA MP Viliame Gavoka.

Mr Radrodro reasoned that the increase would go towards hiring of more members of the mataqali where movies were being shot.

Supporting the motion, Mr Gavoka said that out of generosity in a typical iTaukei way they (resource owners) agree to forgo whatever they have.

“But then when they look at whatthey have given away compared to what the filmmakers are making, it’s very obvious that a lot of things need to be looked into,” Mr Gavoka said.

In reply, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum gave the example of the manner in which local employment was boosted when the Survivor series were shot in Fiji.

“The food supply, arrangements for about 300 people are all done by members of the landowning unit” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum clarified that members of the landowning units were well compensated for the use of the areas including fishing grounds for movie shoots.

“They just don’t fish when the movie is being shot in that space. This is the kind of picture that has been created – it is fictitious.

He also revealed that the Mana Island was hired for nine months while the Survivor series were being shot.

“Guess who works in the hotels?

“Guess who supplies the food?

“Guess who supplies the boating services?

“Guess who also gets compensated for that particular period of time?

“You see, Madam Chair, there is this living in the past kind of syndrome.”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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