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Australia

Big-budget pics utilize pumped-up post facilities

WHY: New federal production incentives introduced this year are designed to make Oz competitive for international shoots, boost domestic production and make international co-productions with Aussies particularly attractive.

New federal agency Screen Australia administers the Producer Offset, which delivers a 40% return on qualifying Australian expenditure (20% for TV) open to those making Australian films and co-productions.

The Location Offset for foreign films and television has been upped from 12.5% to 15% which, when added to state incentives, gives producers a rebate of between 17% and18%.

New 15% offset for post-production, digital and visual effects (PDV) and burgeoning post industry make Oz a one-stop shop or reliable post outpost.

The country’s diverse locales complement topnotch crew with expertise developed on many big-budget pics, like the “Star Wars” prequels and “Superman Returns.” Thesp talent pool is deep and mobile crews who work in Oz and New Zealand and around the Asia-Pacific Rim are particularly experienced.

BONUS: Oz dollar’s recent fall against the U.S. dollar (worth 64¢ in October) make the region particularly attractive right now.

SHOT THERE: “The Pacific,” “Australia,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Where the Wild Things Are”

HOT SPOT: Far-flung locales are enjoying a renaissance with Darwin in the Northern Territory, outback Queensland and the vast resources-rich state of West Australia all hosting extensive location shoots for production of “Australia.”

LINKS:

Ausfilm: ausfilm.com

Screen Australia: screenaustralia.gov.au