Mongolia woos UK filmmakers with huge discounts
“It’s a very generous offer, almost too generous,” said Bandii Garid, head of external relations at Mongolia’s culture ministry. “We want filmmakers to come to Mongolia.
“We want to build relationships with Britain, and maybe we’ll see British stars in Mongolia.”
The UK is the first country formally approached by the Mongolian authorities, who have set aside £20m to attract foreign filmmakers to the steppe.
British production companies tempted by the offer could receive a 35% cashback on everything they spend in Mongolia, with a 10% bonus available for films that reflect the nation’s culture and heritage.
“Some regions look like Africa, others like Switzerland”
The London encounters will also seek to tempt filmmakers with the promise of diverse and stunning locations, with Mr Garid saying: “You have all kinds of locations, it could be anywhere. You have mountains, lakes, the desert of Gobi.
“Some parts look like Africa, some parts like Switzerland.”
In the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, there are plans to invest in infrastructure, including studios, and the ambition to train more Mongolians in the art of cinema so that foreign companies can hire staff in the country, from make-up artists to stuntmen.
Expanding the industry is a key objective for the Mongolian government, which approved new laws supporting the sector in January after 30 years of little aid under communist rule.