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Licences to help build booming film industry

Tevita Vuibau
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

THE licensing of audio visual agents is making a cleaner service for local film service providers and incoming productions alike.

The Audio Visual Agents Licences were introduced earlier this year to ensure services provided were of international standard.

They also monitor the activities of licensed audio visual agents and eliminate those operating without licences.

Film Fiji acting chief executive officer Florence Swamy said the licences were needed by all local companies already registered as service providers.

"All registered local film production services providers, production houses, equipment suppliers and other key professionals and contractors that service film production companies, will now need an Audio Visual Agents Licence," said Mrs Swamy.

She said those working directly with film companies would also need an Audio Visual Agents Licence.

"This will allow for streamlining; creating a cleaner process for service providers and incoming productions alike."

She said these licences would have numerous benefits not only for locals, but for the country as well.

"A smoother process means a better and most assuredly, recurring business for Fiji. The requirement for licensing will promote good business practices and will show Fiji in a very professional light."

Mrs Swamy said all licensed agents would be listed in a directory to provide easy reference for productions looking for local service providers.

"Licensing will also ensure that local contractors get appropriately compensated for their services and the production can be assured that they get the service they're paying for," she added.


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