Every year, filmmakers from near and far visit the island of Mauritius. This enchanting country has beaches, lagoons, bright flora and mountainous landscapes in abundance. The locals are laid back and the government encourages the film industry through incentives, which is why it’s become such as an appealing destination for shoots. Mauritius provides a unique backdrop for everything from films to commercials by combining nature in its purest form with modern affordability.
Hollywood production ‘Serenity’ is one of over 60 movies that’s been shot in the country since the Film Rebate Scheme was introduced 5 years ago. The movie was directed by Steven Knight and stars a few Hollywood actors, including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke and Djimon Hounsou.
Why are Big Filmmakers Flocking to Mauritius?
Mauritius is an ideal location to film a variety of settings. Clear blue seas, bright beaches, secluded lagoons, old French-style towns, lush forests and scenic mountain views abound. There are many reasons to shoot a film on an island paradise like Mauritius. The visuals produced by shooting on location instead of on a built set carry more depth to them. A more “real” setting is achieved and the overall quality of the film is boosted. The two main attractions for filmmakers in Mauritius is the fact that they can access such tropical scenery while paying less to shoot it, thanks to government-funded film rebates.
A movie like ‘Serenity’ is the latest blockbuster to harness the visual depth provided by the landscape of Mauritius. Check out the movie when it’s released in early 2019 to see what we’re talking about.
Filming For Less
The Mauritian government refunds 30% of expenses associated with film shoots in the country. The Film Rebate Scheme was introduced in 2013 to boost the film industry’s growth, and it seems this is working at a steady pace, with statistics showing over 100 films being approved under the scheme in a period of about 5 years.
A variety of productions, including feature films, commercials and documentaries are covered. The latest application process and forms are accessible online and easy to follow.
The Mauritius film industry can only grow bigger and better from an increase in locally shot films, and it’s an arrange where everyone involved benefits. Let Out of the Box help you find the right island location for your next shoot.
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