Mauritius has recently been placed on the global cinema map. Breathtakingly beautiful, wild and authentic, the South of the island is indeed an ideal location for film shooting. The 100-year old sugar mill at the heart of Mon Trésor will soon be turned into a flagship international film production studio, Babelsberg Film Studios, with the aim of preserving the cultural heritage of the site.
Omnicane Group, together with Studio Babelsberg AG and IPL, are the proud promoters of Babelsberg Film Studios. Founded in 1912, Studio Babelsberg AG is the oldest large-scale film studio in the world. Based in Germany, it has built incredible sets for world-renowned movies such as Renegades, Captain America (Civil War), Beauty and the Beast, Inglorious Bastards, Point Break, The Three Musketeers, Valkyrie, to name a few. Studio Babelsberg develops sets for movies, talk shows, advertisements, and TV series, including some of Germany’s most successful soap operas, as well as internationally acclaimed series such as Homeland. The movie star, Matt Damon, has even compared Studio Babelsberg to a Hollywood studio.
Operators will also benefit from the Mauritius Film Rebate Scheme, that is, a 30 per cent refund on all the Qualifying Production Expenditures (QPPE) incurred by film producers in respect to Mauritian projects.
The film studio complex at Mon Trésor will be constructed over a plot of land of approximately 11 hectares, with the first stage covering around 3.2 hectares. The latter will consist of:
- 5 sound stages totaling 6,000 m2
- A workshop of 2,100 m2 for set construction
- Several offices mounting up to 3,000 m2
- Ancillary facilities
After the development of all phases, the complex will comprise:
- 8,900 m2 of sound stages
- 10,800 m2 of offices
- 12,250 m2 of workshops
- A costume area of 1,200 m2
- A trailer park of 4,000 m2
- 500 parking lots
The development of the film industry in Mauritius is expected to have a significant impact on the economy, increasing the number of investors, tourists and creating jobs in the creative sector. Exciting, isn’t it?