Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Abu Dhabi Film Commission
attend India International Film Tourism Conclave
Collaboration aimed at positioning Abu Dhabi as a prominent production destination on the international film
All India, 27th February 2017: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) joined forces at the India International Film Tourism Conclave (IIFTC), India’s premier film tourism initiative, with the aim of highlighting Abu Dhabi’s prime filming locations and offerings. Taking place in Mumbai from 23rd to the 25th February, IIFTC gathered together tourism boards, film commissions and production services companies from around the world all under one roof.
During the three-day event, ADFC promoted its financial incentives, location diversity, production resources and professional support.
“We are delighted to be joining TCA Abu Dhabi at IIFTC as we work hand-in-hand to promote Abu Dhabi and what it has to offer the international production industry,” said ADFC Manager Jassim Al Nowais. “Abu Dhabi’s comprehensive offerings make productions of any size a true success. Our attractive 30 per cent cash rebate and fantastic locations have successfully attracted a number of high-profile productions over the past few years including Star Wars, Fast & Furious 7, Dishoom, Bang Bang! and Baby. We are actively working to attract more productions from India, the world’s largest film industry producing nearly 2,000 films annually, and IIFTC provides us with the platform to achieve just that.”
Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “The chance to showcase the incredible diversity of landscapes, heritage and attractions in Abu Dhabi to Indian film-makers was a golden opportunity to build awareness of our destination. Working in partnership with the ADFC allows us to encourage more production companies to consider the emirate as an evocative location for filming.”
Sajid Nadiadwala, owner of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, praised Abu Dhabi after filming Dishoom in 2016 saying: “We had a great experience shooting Dishoom in the exotic locations of Abu Dhabi which synchronised seamlessly with my script. We scouted all over the world before zeroing in on Abu Dhabi and the teams from twofour54 and Abu Dhabi Film Commission worked in great harmony with mine. Abu Dhabi is a very film-friendly place and we were confident that filming there would be successful.”
About Abu Dhabi Film Commission
Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) facilitates film and TV production projects in Abu Dhabi, helping to build the UAE’s capital as the destination of choice in the MENA region for international and regional TV and film production. ADFC sits under the umbrella of the Media Zone Authority Abu Dhabi.
ADFC assists filming at the Emirate’s most iconic and versatile locations through its support services which include budgeting, scouting for filming locations advice on script clearance, obtaining permits and visas plus access to companies within the UAE who provide production services, equipment and crew.
ADFC also administers a highly successful 30% production rebate scheme, the only cash-back incentive in the region. Introduced in 2012, the scheme has helped to attract some of the industry’s biggest and most popular productions including Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII, Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious 7, Bollywood feature film Bang Bang from Fox Star Studios, BBC’s Top Gear and regional drama production, ‘The Brothers’ / Al Ikwa.
For further information about ADFC and its incentive scheme please see: http://www.film.gov.ae/
ABOUT ABU DHABI TOURISM & CULTURE AUTHORITY
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The authority supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.
For more information please contact:
PR and Brand Executive
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Tel: +91 11 23737348, +91 9643674469 | Fax: +91 11 23350270