Find out why Mauritius, no stranger to Bollywood, is more attractive than ever as a filming location
The island nation of Mauritius is mostly appreciated by tourists for its natural beauty and manmade attractions, multi-ethnic and cultural diversity, tropical climate, beautiful beaches and water sports. The contrast of colours, cultures and tastes makes the island so charming that it is an irresistible filming location too. The first Indian film shot in Mauritius was Sanjay Khan’s Chandi Sona back in the 1970s, after which several of our movies have been filmed there.
Inland Mauritius has many beautiful forests, national parks, tree-lined avenues, mountains, waterfalls and rivers. Locations of particular interest include the Black River Gorges National Park, Casela Nature Park, and the coloured earths of the Chamarel plain and Le Pouce.
The coast has some beautiful beaches although many of the better ones are part of established resorts or private islands such as Iles des Deux Cocos. Mauritius offers some great underwater photography options, particularly on the more protected west coast. Tamarin Bay has good surf breaks. The main towns and much of the French colonial architecture are rundown, making for interesting backdrops for filmmakers and photographers. Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius.
The country consists of the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agalega and Cargados Carajos. Mauritius offers some of the most amazing and unequaled resorts in the world, with 330 km of sandy beaches, blue lagoons, waterfalls, green valleys, indigenous forests, luxuriant fauna and flora, volcanic mountain ranges, stable political environment, historical heritage and a rich multicultural population.
Mauritius is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful island locations the world has to offer, with great weather, a wide variety of natural, urban and rural locations, and an attractive production incentive.
The country has a warm, dry winter (May to November) and a hot, wet, humid summer (November to May). It has only two seasons, winter and summer. Temperatures do not differ greatly across the seasons. The climate on the central plateau is cooler than in the coastal areas.
Why Film In Mauritius
The Mauritius Film Development Corporation (MFDC) acts as a one-stop shop for local and foreign filmmakers by providing relevant information, support and coordination. The MFDC is the interface between the local authorities and professionals in the film and audiovisual industry.
Spectacular locations: Mauritius has endless kilometers of unspoilt beaches, protected lagoons, natural and marvellous sceneries, magnificent volcanic mountain ranges, valleys, native forests, rich tropical fauna and flora and boasts a world heritage site, the Apravasi Ghat.
Time Saving/Competitive Infrastructure: The international airport is 30 minutes from the capital, Port-Louis, and about an hour from the farthest location in the country. The road infrastructure is well developed and reliable.
Low costs: High returns on investment in film production can be expected due to competitive rates.
Multilingual and multicultural society: Mauritius is a multilingual and multicultural country with a diversity of ethnic groups, thus providing a pool of extras fluent in various foreign languages, anywhere, any time and always connected. Telecommunication facilities through satellite and the optical Safe cable network provide swift reliable communication with the outside world. High-speed broadband connectivity is also available at very competitive tariffs.
Equipment & Video Editing: Heavy filming equipment namely cranes, tracks and trolleys, travelling rails, HMI lights, generator sets and reflectors are available for shooting. Video editing facilities are also available.
To stimulate the interest of filmmakers and encourage the setting up of a film industry in Mauritius, the Government of Mauritius is developing a comprehensive film support framework. With immediate effect, the government is introducing a Film Rebate Scheme on a pilot basis for six months. The scheme is being administered by the Board of Investment (BOI).
According to the scheme, the government will contribute 30 per cent of the Qualified Production Expenditures (QPEs) incurred in Mauritius by a film producer with respect to the shooting of a film. The QPEs will include transport, accommodation, manpower, catering and the hiring of equipment and premises in Mauritius. The QPEs will, however, be exclusive of sponsorships.
A new production cash rebate of 30 per cent will now go up to 40 per cent on local QPEs. This has been introduced following the National Budget 2016-2017, which makes Mauritius even more attractive to international producers. The rebate applies to a wide variety of projects. from feature films to television dramas, and from documentaries to commercials.
The scheme will be available to film production companies registered in Mauritius, including those with 100-per cent foreign ownership, or to film production companies using the services of a locally-registered online producer company
To ensure that the pilot scheme is a successful learning experience for the development of the film industry in Mauritius, only applications from existing series or from producers with a clear track record will be entertained
Applications should include a defined distribution plan and the expected target audience to be reached
Applications should include the beneficial exposure that would be given to Mauritius, including a description of local content