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Group Wants More ‘Action’

Fiji could have a multimillion dollar film and performing arts industry in years to come if the right investments were made now, says MASTI Arts and Dance Group director, Amit
30 Dec 2014 12:04
Group Wants More  ‘Action’

Fiji could have a multimillion dollar film and performing arts industry in years to come if the right investments were made now, says MASTI Arts and Dance Group director, Amit Ashween Chand.

“If Fiji is to have a vibrant performing arts sector with sustainable career options in this field by Fijian talent, then a lot of Investment and support is needed to develop this arena,” Mr Chand said.

Mr Chand formed the Group six years ago while being a student of the University of the South Pacific in Suva.

He is now serious about creating employment for Fijians in the performing and entertainment fields.

“The business of entertainment is one area Fiji lacked investment and support as people didn’t feel the need or realise the value of this sector.

“There is a demand for groups like the MASTI Arts and Dance Group to provide quality entertainment to events and talent for films, TV shows, commercials and documentaries.

“As a creative enthusiast, I want Fiji to have profitable performing arts industry like other countries.

The highest amount paid out by Film-Fiji under its 47 per cent Film Tax Rebate Scheme was $3.61million to a production team from Australia to shoot the reality TV series Beauty and the Geek.

But while international productions came to our shores to benefit from perhaps the highest film concession scheme in the world, direct investment into developing the talent and skills of Fijians in this sector by the government or the private sector was severely minimum or lacking altogether.”

He said Australia made extensive provisions over the years to develop its local film production industry.

This is by providing direct funding for local producers or providing an incentive of up to 150 per cent tax rebate to encourage private sector investment to support local productions which was gradually reduced.

Other countries around the world have done similar initiatives with developing local talent being their core objective, he said.

“Although there is an abundance of Fijian talent who have the potential to create amazing work for the world to see, there is no investment to nurture, create and provide opportunities to such talent here in Fiji. Fiji lacked international level technical expertise and professional training for directors, producers, actors, dancers, screenwriters, production crew to undertake high end film productions.”

The Group is working towards providing international scholarships to its members from next year to attend dance and Acting schools in India.




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