Trinidad & Tobago lures global film industry


MUMBAI: Twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago is luring the Global Film Industry with 30 per cent tax rebate. This initiative is being aimed at attracting production companies across the globe to film in both countries.

Indian film Dulha Mil Gaya starring Shah Rukh Khan, Fardeen Khan and Sushmita Sen is currently finished its second schedule in the twin island nation. The movie is being directed by Mudassar Aziz and produced by Viveck Vaswani.

The new film rebates are set at a rate higher than many other more established film territories and range from 12.5 per cent for productions costing up to £260,000, to 15 per cent for productions costing up to £520,000 and a further 30 per cent rebate for productions over £520,000. This can result in savings of up to £50,000.

Trinidad & Tobago Film Commission CEO Carla Foderingham said, “It is our intention to create a vibrant film and TV industry that will see Trinidad and Tobago become the premier production centre of the Caribbean. We are making a late entry as an active film-producing country and, as such, it’s a really exciting time for us all. I would implore film-makers and location managers in the UK and Europe to consider us for future productions.”

Situated below the hurricane belt, Trinidad and Tobago offers a tropical climate all year. The dry season runs from January to June and the rainy season starts in July and ends in December. In addition, there are several state-of-the-art production outfits offering a range of film and video services, including location and talent scouting, editing and post-production special effects.

Recent productions have been filmed in Trinidad and Tobago by E!, The Travel Channel US and the BBC. Merchant Ivory filmed on location in Trinidad and Tobago for its feature film The Mystic Masseur in 2000.