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Government Looks To Improve Film Tax Rebate Turnaround Time

Government is looking to address the turnaround time for the issuance of film tax rebate to international production houses. The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, highlighted this yesterday.
26 Aug 2015 09:38
Government Looks To Improve Film Tax Rebate Turnaround Time
Imagination Television Limited creative director Darryl McEwen receives the cheque from the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Government is looking to address the turnaround time for the issuance of film tax rebate to international production houses.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, highlighted this yesterday.

This was as he handed over a cheque of $4.3 million to Imagination Television (Fiji) Limited as film tax rebate for the production of “The Big Adventure” – a reality TV show.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the rebate for Imagination Television in particular took some time.

But he has assured all production houses that this is more of an aberration as opposed to a norm.

“We will further perform a lot better in terms of our turnaround times,” he said.

“I know you have other people behind you watching how Fiji performs in terms of the rebate regime.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum stressed the tax rebate does go through a rigorous process.

 

The reality TV

The reality TV show, “The Big Adventure” was filmed in Fiji the past year in May in the Mamanuca Group.

It released in Australia this year and had 1.3 million viewers on the opening night on Channel 7 in Australia. It is now being released in more than 10 countries.

Imagination Television creative director, Darryl McEwen, said they will keep coming back to Fiji whether the rebate is there or not.

“We love the locations, you have the friendliest people in the world and the best weather to shoot these kinds of shows. It ticks all boxes for international productions to come here,” he said.

Over the period of the shooting, Mr McEwen said they employed over 300 Fijians and at one time had 100 locals working for them.

As part of the rebate scheme, it is a requirement to have students from the Fiji National University working for the production houses.

 

More productions coming

Film Fiji chairperson, Shaenaz Voss, confirmed a number of approvals have been given to production houses for shooting in Fiji.

This is for both reality television as well as full feature both from Hollywood and Bollywood.

Ms Voss said she cannot reveal any further details because of the non-disclosure agreement they had with them.

But she said these production houses were scouting the locations for the shooting.

Feedback: rachael.nath@fijisun.com.fj

 

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