The second edition of the Mauritius Cinema Week, under the branding East Meets West, was launched yesterday at La Demeure, St Antoine in Goodlands. The Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, the Minister of Tourism, Mr Anil Gayan, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, and other personalities were present on the occasion.
The event which is being held from 18 to 21 October 2018, is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Ministry of Arts and Culture, the Economic Development Board and the Mauritius Film Development Corporation. It aims to promote the Mauritian creative industry and make of Mauritius an island of cultural creativity.
In his address, Minister Bodha, as Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the Mauritius Cinema Week, underpinned that the cinema is a powerful vehicle of universal language and emotions that transcends fiction and makes it become a reality and vice-versa. The aim behind the event is to promote Mauritius as a shooting destination as well as a one stop shop for financing of films. The event will enable the Mauritian film industry to be better structured and more inspired to celebrate talents, thus, producing amazing films, he said. As regards to the Film Rebate Scheme and the Offshore Sector of Mauritius, they can be helpful for the financing of films, he added.
For his part, Minister Gayan expressed optimism that the international artists present for the event will help to enhance the Mauritian film industry with their expertise, experience and knowledge. The focus of the second edition of the Mauritius Cinema Week, he highlighted, is on creating business linkages in particular with regard to film financing and also providing opportunities for actors, film producers and stakeholders to discuss on how to develop the film industry in Mauritius.
Furthermore, the Minister observed that Mauritius is a unique country of peaceful coexistence whereby people of different cultures and religions co-exist in harmony. He indicated that filmmakers should take advantage of the multiculturalism and multi-ethnicity that reign in the island. The Mauritian tourism and the film industry should coexist and together they should promote the film industry and enhance the country’s visibility on the international front, he added.
As for Minister Roopun, he highlighted that the event will become the crossroads of Hollywood meeting Bollywood, hence influencing the shaping of new trends in the film art as well as giving a new impetus to the development of the cinema industry on the island. He also pointed out that several master class sessions will be organised during the Cinema Week on the creative aspects of the film industry. The objective of these events, he indicated, is to identify young talents in the country and help them develop their potential so that they can in turn contribute to the Mauritian film industry.
The Minister encouraged all stakeholders of the film industry to come forward and take advantage of the master class sessions that are being organised during the cinema week.
Source: Government of Mauritius