Foreign filmmakers are increasingly drawn to India, with its breathtaking natural landscapes, technical infrastructure and low production costs.
Filming in India
India presents immense opportunities to professionals involved in every aspect of film production. In addition to its breathtaking natural landscapes and distinctive historical sites, the country boasts some of the most spectacular monuments, scenery, and other wonders that have been a source of inspiration for filmmakers for many years.
Foreign filmmakers and directors are increasingly drawn to India, thanks to its well-trained personnel, advanced transportation system, top-notch hospitality services, and cutting-edge technical infrastructure. This is evident in the fact that several Hollywood movies, such as Extraction (2020), Tenet (2020), A Suitable Boy (2020), Victoria & Abdul (2017), Viceroy’s House (2017), London Has Fallen (2016), The Hundred Foot Journey (2014), Jobs (2013), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Batman (2012), have been set in India.
India’s appeal as a filming destination is further boosted by its low production costs and a favorable dollar-rupee exchange rate. With thousands of films and television series shot in the country each year, foreign producers planning to shoot their documentaries or movies can take advantage of the latest technology, state-of-the-art equipment, and highly skilled staff, including talented actors and actresses who are fluent in English. In terms of casting, there is a diverse range of ethnic and cultural looks available. Post-production houses equipped with cutting-edge technology for editing, VFX, animation, 3D stereoscopy, and audio can be found in cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bangalore.
Four Seasons Simultaneously!
India’s unique geographical location provides filmmakers with a diverse range of landscapes, allowing them to capture scenes depicting all four seasons simultaneously.
Our Partner boasts a multilingual and dynamic crew that upholds the highest standards of production services for movies, TV series, commercials, and other video productions. Their extensive range of productions includes production consultation, location scouting, filming permits and incentive management, crew management and accounting services, allowing them to cater to projects of any scale. They represent the group companies for business development and servicing of inbound international feature film, television, and commercials. In recent years, our Partner has successfully provided production services to producers from the United States, Canada, Sweden, and Japan.
Their India office also specializes in co-producing original feature films and TV series content for the Indian market.
Tax Breaks & Incentives
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, has decided to launch Incentive Schemes for International Productions that shoot in India and Official Co-productions with foreign countries.
Under the Incentive Scheme for Audio Visual Co-production, for all qualifying projects, the Indian Co-producer can claim a payable cash reimbursement of up to 30% on Qualifying Expenditure in India subject to a maximum of INR 2 crore (USD 240,000). However, reimbursement shall be divided among the Producers as per their respective share of the financial contribution for the project.
Under the Incentive Scheme for Shooting of Foreign Films in India, for all qualifying projects, the international film production company can claim a payable cash incentive of up to 30% on Qualifying Expenditure in India subject to a maximum of INR 2 crore (USD 240,000). Apart from that an additional 5% bonus up to a maximum of INR 50 lakhs (USD 60,000) can be claimed, as additional reimbursement. This would be granted for employing 15% or more manpower in India. However, the maximum overall reimbursement shall be capped at INR 2 crore (USD 240,000). International productions that have been granted shooting permission by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Ministry of External Affairs (for documentaries only) shall be eligible.
Production houses / Network: NBC Universal USA,Mar Vista Entertainment USA (a FOX Entertainment company), Niban Kobo Productions Japan, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation Japan, McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States, Parapix Sweden, Brokendoll Sweden.
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