In an effort to boost film tourism in Iceland, the Embassy has hosted a film tourism conference for the Tamil and Telugu film industries in Chennai and Hyderabad in India.
The event encouraged producers and cinematographers from the region to come to Iceland to shoot in the picturesque country. The event was hosted by Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India and Kumar Sitaraman, Consul General of Iceland in Chennai. Among the various speeches were also showcases of the scenic views as well as the benefits of filmmakers opting to shoot in Iceland, including the film rebate.
Ibsen who attended and addressed the gathering of select producers and cinematographers in both cities said, “Iceland has many advantages as a filming location. One among them is the spectacular variety of landscapes and locations found within short distances of one another. The local crews available are well experienced and well trained for producing quality films in tough conditions. Besides these, the incentives for filming in Iceland will be increased from the current 20% to 25% in 2017. We are looking forward to work with many more Indian film-makers and are hoping to see Iceland more often on the big screen.”
Sitaraman added “Iceland received 1000+ tourists from India last year. We are hoping that the numbers of tourists from India increases after audiences watch the many impressive landscapes and natural beauty the country has through the big screen.”