Film Production And Pre-Production

Film Production And Pre-Production involves the process of creating and developing motion pictures, television programs, commercials, documentaries, theatrical productions, cartoons, and special effects. It encompasses activities such as conceptualising and planning projects, scriptwriting, casting, location scouting, securing financing, managing production logistics, coordinating crew and equipment, shooting and capturing footage, editing, adding visual effects and sound, and preparing the final product for distribution. This business activity encompasses the entire lifecycle of film production, from the initial ideation and pre-production stages to the final post-production and distribution phases.

The business activities that fall under Film Production And Pre-Production are:

Motion picture, video and television programme production activities (5911.00): This involves the creation and production of motion pictures, videos, television programs, and television commercials. It encompasses all the processes and activities related to bringing these visual media projects to life, including planning, scripting, casting, filming, directing, and producing. 

This activity specifically focuses on the production aspect of the industry and excludes activities such as film duplicating, wholesale and retail trade of recorded media, post-production activities, sound recording, creating complete television channel programs, television broadcasting, film processing unrelated to the motion picture industry, personal theatrical or artistic agent services, renting of video tapes and DVDs to the general public, real-time closed captioning, and activities performed by individual actors, cartoonists, directors, stage designers, and technical specialists for their own account.

By engaging in motion picture, video, and television program production, businesses contribute to the overall process of film production and pre-production, which encompasses a range of activities required to bring a visual media project to fruition.

  • Third-party Approval (POST): After obtaining a license from Meydan Free Zone, it’s necessary to obtain third-party approval from the Ministry of Culture and Youth.
  • Filing of Economic Substance Return: Business activity 5911.00 is exempt from this requirement.
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: Business activity 5911.00 is exempt from this requirement.

Motion picture, video and television programme post-production activities (5912.00): This involves the processes that occur after the filming and production of visual media content. This includes a range of activities such as editing, titling, subtitling, adding credits, closed captioning, and incorporating computer-generated graphics, animation, and special effects. It also encompasses the operations of motion picture film laboratories and specialised laboratories for animated films, which involve developing and processing motion picture film and reproducing it for theatrical distribution. Additionally, this business activity includes the management and operation of stock footage film libraries. However, it excludes activities such as film duplicating (except for theatrical distribution), reproduction of audio and video tapes, CDs or DVDs from master copies, wholesale and retail trade of recorded video tapes, CDs, DVDs, film processing outside the motion picture industry, renting video tapes and DVDs to the general public, and the activities of individual actors, cartoonists, directors, stage designers, and technical specialists.

This business activity represents a crucial phase in the overall process of creating visual media content. While film production and pre-production involve planning, scripting, filming, and capturing raw footage, post-production activities focus on enhancing and finalising the content. Post-production is an essential step that follows the production phase and prepares the final product for its intended audience. Therefore, it is logically connected to film production and pre-production as an integral part of the overall filmmaking process.

  • Third-party Approval (POST): After obtaining a license from Meydan Free Zone, it’s necessary to obtain third-party approval from the Ministry of Culture and Youth.
  • Filing of Economic Substance Return: Business activity 5912.00 is exempt from this requirement.
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: Business activity 5912.00 is exempt from this requirement.

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