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Film industry in Mauritius

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Mauritius is without a doubt one of the most beautiful islands in the world with its sandy white beaches, turquoise waters, lush green forests and foamy waterfalls. Having this panoramic view as backdrop in movies is indeed very appealing and as such Mauritius attracts many film makers. Though drama is not very common on the island and as such there are not a lot of Mauritian movies, picturesque places of Mauritius are very commonly seen in foreign movies especially from the Bollywood industry. The Mauritius Film Development Corporation is the responsible body for developing films and branding the island as major filming destination. Set up in 1986 under the Ministry of Arts and Culture, the MFDC tries its best to provide support to the film industry whether to local producers or foreigners. It is also responsible for holding film festivals on the island as well as providing financial support to producers. The MFDC is funded by the government and money is also earned via loaning of filming materials (crane, trolley, HMI lights, reflector sets etc) during shooting. Worldwide, the film industry is very beneficial to everyone; it helps create employment and is of great joy to the larger public. There are not a lot of Mauritian producers and actors and as such this particular industry is not very well developed. Some short time films and serials have been made but no real movie. In trying to boost up this industry, the government has taken several initiatives like more funding, offering film courses and holding of film festivals. Mauritius is taking large strides in terms of development; aided by the government, the film industry will surely emerge as a successful business in the future with more talents and better knowledge of the filming paraphernalia. The film industry is not just about making movies, it also consists of making documentaries, serials, commercials, animations etc. Nevertheless, as long as Mauritius remains just this beautiful, it will continue to be a great filming spot for producers worldwide!
Simpson Published 16 Jan 2011

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