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Govt mulls 50% cut in taxes to revive film shooting

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Panaji 

As the golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India is all set to be inaugurated in the city, the state government in a bid to promote Goa as a film shooting destination is mulling a proposal to grant   50 per cent reduction in  taxes on shooting of films in the state.

Confirming that the proposal on reducing  50 per cent taxes and fees on film shootings on Goan locations is under active consideration of the government, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the final decision in this regard will  be taken soon.

According to the proposal, which is still in the initial stage, the government wants to bring in  50 per cent reduction in taxes for national and international filmmakers for their shootings in Goa, as also intends to grant  75 per cent reduction in  taxes and fees for Goan filmmakers.

The government, while promoting Goa as a shooting destination for national and international filmmakers, also wants to increase footfalls of international tourists in Goa through this effective visual media.

Meanwhile, a senior government official said the particular proposal is yet to be received by the department of finance.

It is also perceived that many Goan youth, who have exposure to film-related digital technology, could find jobs when film shootings are held in Goa.

Presently, the fee charged by the Entertainment Society of Goa for granting permission/no objection certificate to non-Goan film producers for shooting their films in Goa is Rs 10,000 per day. Furthermore, the village panchayat, under whose jurisdiction the particular shooting site is located, is entitled for a revenue share of Rs 3,000 per day from the aforesaid fees.

The ESG, on the other hand, charges only Rs 1,000 per day from the Goan film producers, who are registered under the Goa Scheme of Financial Assistance for Films.

Incidentally, during recent past, many of the national and international filmmakers have cancelled shooting of their films in Goa as some of the village panchayats charge excess money from them for shooting the films, over and above that charged by the ESG.

The Corporation of the City of Panaji initially used to charge Rs 20,000 per day of shooting in the capital city, which was then raised to Rs 50,000, and subsequently hiked to Rs 1,00,000.  

All this fleecing resulted in reducing the number of films shots in Goa. However, now the government proposal to reduce  50 per cent taxes on shooting of films in the state could witness a surge in the same.

Since Liberation of Goa, a large number of films have been  shot in Goa, right from ‘Beti Bete’ (1964) and ‘Saat Hindustani’ (1969) to ‘Simmba’ (2018) and ‘Welcome Millions’ (2018). Costly international productions like ‘The Sea Wolves’ (1980) and ‘The Bourne Supremacy’ (2004) were also filmed in the state. 

Chapora Fort, Old Goa including the ruins of the Church of Saint Augustine, Dona Paula, Dudhsagar waterfalls, Saligao road with coconut trees on either side, and Latin Quarters at Fontainhas, are some of the popular spots where filmmakers shoot their films in Goa.

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