A lake in North Sulawesi. (Shutterstock/File)
Great news coming from North Sulawesi (Sulut) for film producers and filmmakers. The province has decided to give tax exemption for those who are filming in North Sulawesi.
“I’ve instructed all regional leaders, when there’s a movie shooting in North Sulawesi they are not allowed to ask for tax payment. This is done in order to improve the Indonesian film industry,” said North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey.
“We are providing easy access to use our locations that includes the cash grants if 50 percent of the shooting is done in Manado. [The money] is not from the APBD but from CSR and investors,” Olly added.
Several Indonesian movies that filmed in North Sulwesi include Senjakala, Tommi N Jerri and Hujan Bulan Juni.
Other than local films, television programs from South Korea and France also filmed several movies in the area.
Actress Paramitha Rusady praised the rapid development in North Sulawesi. According to Paramitha there are plenty of beautiful destinations in the province such as Manado and Minahasa.
“Minahasa needs to prepare itself since it will welcome plenty of tourists. I hope that after Indonesian Film Festival (FFI), plenty of producers will be interested to shoot movies in North Sulawesi,” she said. (asw)