Mauritius has the highest Film rebate scheme in the world which includes commercials. For TV Commercials, the Mauritian Government is granting 30% rebate on qualifying productions. Identical Pictures has approved 8 rebate schemes which puts Identical Pictures into the top film production companies in Mauritius. The Mauritius Film Rebate Scheme is a project of the Board of Investment (BOI), in association with the Mauritius Film Development Corporation (MFDC). The scheme is open to both local and international filmmakers. The purpose of the Film Rebate Scheme is to stimulate the interest of filmmakers and encourage them to shoot in Mauritius.
The Mauritius Film Rebate Scheme provides up to 40% rebate for Qualifying Production Expenditures incurred in Mauritius, including the following:
– Travel to Mauritius (by air and by sea)
– Accommodation in Mauritius
– Rental of filming equipment
– Professional services (such as insurance, legal and accounting services)
– Production service company fees
– Post-production services
– Labour costs
– Ground transport
– Catering services
To apply for the rebate, an application should be submitted by a locally registered production services company to the BOI at least 6 weeks prior to filming. The application should include a synopsis of the project and supporting documentation relating to the budget of the project. There is However a minimum expenditure cost that the production company should stipulate in order to be eligible for the rebate scheme. The minimum expenditure cost depends on the type of project that is proposed.
For a feature film, the minimum cost should be of least: MUR 6 Million (approximately USD 205.000). For a TV commercial, a minimum cost of : MUR 1.5 Million (approximately USD 51.500) for documentaries, TV series and single episode television program at least MUR 2.25 Million (approximately USD 77.000) is to be shown on the application.