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Jul 12, 2013

BAVIA says policy changes will grow film industry

Brent Toombs

The presenters at the BAVIA symposium discussed policies that worked in other parts of the region. BAVIA’s president and the Film Commissioner for the British Virgin Islands but discussed how the industry could be advanced with the help of legislators.


Brent Toombs, President, BAVIA

“Speaking as still being in the private sector, I don’t know that government should be in the business of owning equipment. But I think I would like or the association would like to see government make it easier for private sector companies to purchase the equipment, to import it; look at reducing the cost of importation through duty exemptions or tax concessions. So we can bring in the equipment, have the equipment available locally—not only for rental but for the domestic product. What we produce here, it is very expensive to be an audio visual producer in Belize because the technology changes quickly. We are looking now to having to re-tool with cameras every year. And by the time you get a camera into Belize, you are looking at almost double the purchase price. So no, I don’t think that government should own the equipment nut they can certainly make it easier for ways to private sector people to bring this gear into the country.”


Jose Sanchez

“When you talk about policy makers, what is it that would be needs to be implemented?


Rhodni Skelton

Rhodni Skelton, Film Commissioner, British Virgin Islands

“The policy makers need to make it easy. Producers when they are coming in, are coming in with crews of a hundred two hundred people. They have to organize rooms and transportation and all these types of things. The last thing they want to be worried about is permits and how much funds they are going to have a central point—be it your film commission—that is going to take care of everything. I apply and the film commission takes care of everything else. Just make it a lot easier and the only thing the government needs to do is focus on developing the staff that you have.”

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