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Bermuda seen as major film location

Bermuda - a perfect film location

Bermuda has been earmarked as a site for a major motion film, according to the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA).

However, the cost of filming on the island could be a stumbling block, according to a producer from Shoebox Films, the company who have expressed interest in the project.

“We’re obviously looking at other places, but we’re hoping we can make it work on this amazing island,” said Guy Heeley.

During Mr Heeley’s visit he scouted locations in St. George’s, St. David’s, Dockyard and several other places around the island.

He added: “What you’ve got here are all the things a film needs: high quality transport, high quality hotels, high quality food and a safe, secure and comfortable, lovely place to be. That’s essential.

“But the reason why Bermuda hasn’t attracted movies is because it’s expensive. There needs to be something to offset the expensive cost.”

As the certified film commission for Bermuda, the BTA has already met and assisted Mr Heeley with location scouting and helped facilitate discussions with local hotels.

Since August of 2014 when the BTA joined the Association of Film Commissioners International, it has been working to grow Bermuda’s attractiveness to filmmakers.

“Increasingly we talk with film and television crews about shooting their productions in Bermuda because they know our picturesque landscape and geographic location sets us apart from other destinations,” said Tiffani Cailor, the BTA’s director of public relations and content management.

“Film productions generate direct on-island spending in hotels, with ground transportation operators and creates work for local production companies, carpenters, caterers and others. It also generates marketing exposure for the destination.”

“The BTA is working with the Ministry of Tourism, Transport & Municipalities and other government agencies to determine strategies that may ease the cost burden for filmmakers while at the same time bring a healthy economic return for the local economy. “Some productions can spend as much as seven figures in a jurisdiction, which can represent a major impact for Bermuda’s economy as a result of a relatively modest incentive package.”

In other jurisdictions competing for film productions an incentive package can include waived government fees, tax concessions or rebates.