Asian film commissions move to draw more US shoots

Screen Daily

The Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet) is gearing up for a push to draw more Hollywood productions to the region.

The move comes as AFCNet has added Singapore and Cambodia to its membership roster, which now boasts 22commissions from across the region.

AFCNet, which offers support for location shoots, will hold a seminar on attracting US productions at the Pusan International Film Festival in October, with the participation of a Hollywood-based producer and location manager.

Other initiatives to be rolled out during the rest of the year include a programme whereby international film-makers and screenwriters will receive free or affordable accommodation in member countries while in pre-production. Details on the long-term marketing tool will be unveiled on the AFCNet website ( shortly.

After being launched in 2004to promote cooperation and information sharing among its members, the AFCNet now includes 22 regular members from China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia,Russia, Cambodia, and Singapore.

The Shanghai Film Studio is planning to attend the Pusan festival to discuss possible membership. And at a recent board meeting in Bali, AFCNet President Park Kwang-su of the Busan Film Commission met with Indonesia’s Assistant Deputy for Film Development to discuss the establishment of a nationwide film commission.

Associate members from Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam also act as observers.

Joint marketing initiatives in the pipeline for 2006 including a presentation at the AFCI Locations TradeShow next April.