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Businesses Urged To Invest In Filming Equipment

Noting the growing interest for foreign film shooting here, Government is urging investors to look into investing in filming equipment to give on hire basis to production houses. The Attorney-General
11 Aug 2016 11:17
Businesses Urged To Invest In Filming Equipment
Filming

Noting the growing interest for foreign film shooting here, Government is urging investors to look into investing in filming equipment to give on hire basis to production houses.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, emphasised the high demand there is for such equipment currently.

As an example, Film Fiji chief executive, Dallas Foon, indicated that 70 containers containing equipment and gear were brought in by the Survivor series production house.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said by having equipment and cameras available locally, the production houses would not have to bring loads of equipment with them.

“We would like to one day have people walk in to Fiji and have the equipment available because that makes you attractive as a filming destination as well,” he said.

“If you have to cart tonnes and tonnes of equipment – whether it is from USA, Australia or India, then you become less attractive too.

“So we encourage people in the private sector to talk to Film Fiji who can tell them about the various productions which are on foot and which may come online soon and develop those opportunities also.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there is also a very good concessionary rate on import of equipment so it would help productions coming into Fiji.

 

More shooting

Film Fiji chairperson, Shaenaz Voss, confirmed a number of production houses have been in the country recently scouting for locations.

“We have a lot of scouting happening now for productions next year,” she said.

“We have a French film production scouting here at the moment on one of the outer islands. We have also just concluded a Bollywood film two weeks ago.”

Another international television show out of Australia is also expected to be shot here for the full season.

This will be shown throughout Australia as well as world-wide and would be another major boost for Fiji in profiling and generally for tourism as well.

Mr Foon stressed building infrastructure and resources in the areas of filming would mean: “The more we have the less others have to bring in.”

Edited by: RACHNA LAL

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