The Islands of The Bahamas continues to be an attractive destination for international films and television productions that pumped millions of dollars into the economy last year.
The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s Bahamas Film and Television Commission reported that the archipelago facilitated 247 projects in 2017, which generated more than $5 million in revenue.
These included projects such as The Bahamas Life with HGTV – a 13-episode show shot in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Exuma and Abaco; Cooper's Treasure - a treasure hunt television series seen on Discovery Channel filmed on Grand Bahama; a full season of Ex on the Beach - a reality show series seen in the UK and Sweden; scores of documentaries on marine life and deep sea diving; and photo shoots with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Victoria's Secret, Marks & Spencer and H&M among others.
“Films have an economic value as they provide employment and new revenue for our country. The Bahamas Film and Television Commission, a department in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, takes the lead on this,” said Travis Robinson, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation.
He added that while The Bahamas is happy to have business from international film community, the government is looking forward to local filmmakers showcasing their work.
The Film and Television Commission successfully hosted a Movie Masters series in partnership with the University of The Bahamas. The event brought together local and international filmmakers and directors to share knowledge about the industry and to provide lessons to up and coming Bahamian filmmakers.
“We are pleased that the local television and film industry has found its way here to help move in that direction. We are also grateful for our visiting producers and our more prolific Bahamian producers who have agreed to assist others and knowledge through this forum,” Mr. Robinson said.
“We look forward to full and fruitful relationships with the University of The Bahamas in this regard. I hope our film makers will create more compelling content and distribute it to the world.”
Officials say they are continuously looking to bring major feature films to The Islands of The Bahamas.
Some of the noted films shot in the destination over the years include Casino Royale, two Pirates of the Caribbean films, Scooby Doo, After the Sunset and Why Did I Get Married Too among others.
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Movie 1: Students of the University of The Bahamas attend Movie Masters conference.
Movie 2: Parliamentary Secretary at the University of The Bahamas Travis Robinson addresses students
Bahamas Life: Poster from HGTV's Bahamas Life