The second edition of the Mauritius Cinema Week will be held from 18 to 21 October 2018 under the branding East Meets West. The event is in line with Government’s mission to champion and support the emerging creative industries on the island as well as positioning the country as an attractive shooting destination.
The Minister of Tourism, Mr Anil Gayan, made this announcement yesterday at a press conference at Le Labourdonnais Hotel in Port Louis in the presence of the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, and other personalities.
Minister Gayan recalled that the first edition of the Mauritius Cinema Week, held in October 2017, was based on the themes of freedom and independence. The festival, he underlined, was a real success as it marked the presence of international film stars, renowned film directors and producers which shaped the spirit of Mauritius as an incontournable destination.
The second edition of the Mauritius Cinema Week, he pointed out, will be more focused on business negotiations, with a shift from the glamour festival to business orientation. The event will provide opportunities for actors, film producers and stakeholders to discuss how to develop the film industry in Mauritius.
Mr Gayan outlined that the objectives of the Mauritius Cinema Week are to promote business linkages; create a forum to encourage linkages between local and international film producers; stimulate, popularise and give a spot light to the young local film industry; and market the incentives under the Film Rebate Schemes. The event will also enhance the visibility of Mauritius and promote the country on the international front as one of the topmost tourist destination, he added.
For his part, Minister Roopun announced that the event will be graced by the presence of some 20 high-profile international guests from Bollywood, Hollywood as well as film industries from France, United Kingdom and South Africa namely Prabhu Deva, Nandita Das, Dalip Tahil, Angelique Thomas, Ela Zylberstein and Kunal Kohli, amongst others.
He pointed out that several sub-events will be organised as part of the Week namely a conference, workshops, and master class sessions on the creative aspects of the film industry. The objective of these events, he indicated, is to identify the young talents in the country and help them develop their potentials so that they can in turn contribute to the Mauritian film industry.
Mauritians will also be given the opportunity to watch significant international classic films that have been shot in Mauritius in the different cinema halls around the island free of cost, added Minister Roopun.
Second edition of Mauritius Cinema Week
The Mauritius Cinema Week, an initiative of the Ministry of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, the Economic Development Board and the Mauritius Film Development Corporation, aims to promote the Mauritian creative industry and make of Mauritius an island of cultural creativity.
The Calendar of activities is as follows:
Thursday 18 October: Opening ceremony and Masterclass Session on Film Directing at La Demeure, St Antoine, Goodlands.
Friday 19 October: Film Finance Conference and Workshop on the Jobs of Tomorrow in the Film Industry at Amphitheatre at Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre (SVICC), Pailles.
Saturday 20 October: Master class session on Script Writing and Film Acting at the SVICC, Pailles.
Sunday 21 October: Award Ceremony to honour practitioners of World Cinema for their outstanding contributions to the film industry at the SVICC, Pailles.
Source: Government of Mauritius