Morocco approves 20% cash credit for all movies filming in the North African country.
Days after the 15th annual Marrakech Film Festival, Morocco's parliament has approved a new 2016 Finance Law that will provide 20% cash rebate for all foreign feature films filming in the country.
The final text will enter into force on March 31. The new Moroccan cashback mechanism offers a 20% cash rebate on all eligible spend in Morocco, provided that there is at least 10 million Moroccan dirham ($1 million) of eligible expenditure in Morocco and at least 18 days work – including set-building and/or the shoot. Given this, a production with only a six-day shoot but which also involves 12 days of set building can still qualify. General pre-production activity, such as location scouting, does not count for qualification.
Government officials have been pushing for this legislation since 2014. This new film credit is based on the 15% cash rebate scheme seen in South Africa.
According to Variety, Morocco is one of the filmmakers' favorite foreign locations. Recently, several feature films started production in Morocco including Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Army of One, The Yellow Bird
and The Fixer.
Reports suggest that annual spending in Morocco will triple in the next few years.
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