In­ter­na­tional film­ing means more em­ploy­ment for Fi­jians

Film Fiji con­tin­ues to re­ceive in­ter­est from in­ter­na­tional film mak­ers to film here

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The two in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tions planned for film­ing later this year and two early next year in Fiji will mean more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for Fi­jians.

The Film Fiji chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Dal­las Foon said these two pro­duc­tions would be from Aus­tralia, one from United States and one from Europe. Mr Foon said with a 2.8 eco­nomic mul­ti­plier, this means the econ­omy would see $2.80 of new econ­omy ac­tiv­ity for ev­ery dol­lar that pro­duc­tions spend here.

“Pro­duc­tions pro­vide train­ing to lo­cals which helps boost our re­source base and grows the in­dus­try,” he said. “They spend large amounts of money in a very short pe­riod of time which sig­nif­i­cantly boosts the econ­omy of the lo­cal area they film in. “They hire and pur­chase lo­cal ser­vices, trans­port and goods from the area.”

Mr Foon said im­por­tantly, Film Fiji care­fully re­viewed pro­duc­tions in­ter­ested here.

“This is only ap­proved when it is sat­is­fied that these pro­duc­tions will bring ben­e­fits to the econ­omy and show­case Fiji to the world.” He said the Tourism In­dus­try was the ultimate ben­e­fi­ciary with fans of the shows filmed here com­ing to visit the lo­ca­tions. This, Mr Foon said re­sulted in increased

vis­i­tor arrivals from the mar­kets, the films were ex­hib­ited. “Film Tourism is a proven mar­ket around the world with many ex­am­ples to re­fer to and Gov­ern­ment has recog­nised this po­ten­tial and put se­ri­ous re­sources to tap­ping into it.”

Mr Foon said the two pro­duc­tions were sched­uled for shoot­ing from Oc­to­ber/Novem­ber, how­ever the next years projects would com­mence from April.

“We gen­er­ally do not dis­close the size of the pro­duc­tion bud­gets un­less per­mit­ted to,” he said. “How­ever, we can ad­vise that these pro­duc­tions will be in­ject­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of new spend­ing into the econ­omy.” Ac­cord­ing to Mr Foon, Film Fiji con­tin­ues to re­ceive in­ter­est from in­ter­na­tional film mak­ers to film here reg­u­larly.

“At this stage, the dis­cus­sions are pre­lim­i­nary and at scout­ing stages so we are not able to com­ment just yet on them.”

Mr Foon added Fiji has had a busy first half of 2016 in terms of film­ing. “So far this year we have had 35 pro­duc­tions shoot in the coun­try, rang­ing from small TV doc­u­men­taries to sig­nif­i­cant re­al­ity TV shows and a fea­ture film.”

We gen­er­ally do not dis­close the size of the pro­duc­tion bud­gets un­less per­mit­ted to, how­ever, we can ad­vise that these pro­duc­tions will be in­ject­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of new spend­ing into the econ­omy.

Dal­las Foon

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer for Film Fiji

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