Fiji is well known for its islands and its sea life, but as many more ﬁlm makers are ﬁnding out, there so much more to the locations.
There’s mountainous terrain, jungles, rivers, spectacular waterfalls, savannahs, lakes, rural and urban scapes, heritage buildings and towns, and a very rich mosaic culture of i-Taukei (indigenous Fijians), Indian, Chinese, Paciﬁc and European traditions.
The work force is educated (education is mandatory and free up to high school) and our people are multi-skilled.
English being the oﬃcial business language is an added advantage allowing ease of communication with locals.
For ﬁlming purposes, you must ﬁrst apply to the Film Fiji oﬃce for a ﬁlm permit. To access the ﬁlm tax rebate, the applicant must write a letter of application to Film Fiji giving information required. Submission of a detailed budget and script together with your application is necessary. For F1/F2 incentives, you must apply to Film Fiji for a provisional certiﬁcate stating that a proposed audio visual production (AVP) will, when complete, be a qualifying AVP. An application form must be completed and will include a script or synopsis, budget in FJD, completion bond certiﬁcate and will be accompanied with the application fee. Production companies that want to ﬁlm in Fiji but do not wish to access any of the ﬁlming incentives must ﬁll in the Application for Filming Permit Form and the application must include passport details of cast & crew, ﬂight details and list of ﬁlming equipment.
The F1/F2 Audio Visual Production (AVP) incentives are schemes whereby a production entity can raise production ﬁnance from Fiji taxpayers. This allows Fiji taxpayers to claim a tax deduction of either 125% (F2 AVP) or 150% (F1 AVP) against their tax liability, depending on the project’s ability to meet the requirements as set out under Part III of the Income Tax (Film-making and Audio-visual Incentives) Regulations 2016. The beneﬁt is based on what is called “Qualifying Fiji Production Expenditure” or QFPE. This is otherwise known as “local spend” such as expenditures on local labour, local accommodation, the hire of local equipment.
FILM FIJI oﬀers the following services to production companies who wish to shoot in Fiji:
Fiji Trade Commission – Office 5, Level 5, Harbourside West Tower, Stanley Esplanade, Downtown, Port Moresby
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