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Public Relations Campaign to Promote Foreign Filmmaking in Thailand

February 17, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

1444113119pThe Department of Tourism, under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, will launch several projects in 2014 to promote foreign filmmaking in Thailand.
Director-General of the Department of Tourism Arnupap Gaesornsuwan said that apart from encouraging foreign filmmakers to use Thailand as the location for shooting their films, the Department will enhance the ability and potential of Thai personnel in the film production industry.

In the promotional campaign this year, the Department will organize road shows overseas and arrange exhibitions at international film festivals abroad. It also plans to organize an international film festival in Thailand. Moreover, an event will be held to show foreign movies that have used Thailand as the shooting location. International film directors, actors, and actresses will receive a warm welcome during their visit to Thailand.

The Department of Tourism, through the Thailand Film Office, is responsible for granting permission for foreign filmmakers seeking to film in Thailand. It also aims to conduct public relations to promote investments in foreign film production here.

A report issued by the Thailand Film Office shows that a total of 717 foreign film projects were shot on location in Thailand in 2013, bringing in 2,173 million baht, compared to 636 projects, with 1,781 million baht in 2012. These figures indicate that Thailand’s earnings from foreign filmmaking increased by 22 percent.

Topping the list of foreign filmmakers shooting in Thailand in 2013 was India, followed by Japan, Europe, Hong Kong, the United States, China, the Republic of Korea, and Australia. In terms of the types of film productions, advertisements came first, followed by documentaries, TV series, feature films, and music videos. In terms of income, Thailand earned most, at 552 million baht, from the United States, followed by India, at 259 million baht, and Japan, at 189 million baht.

Thailand’s diverse geographical characteristics, historical sites, natural beauty, local cultures, and the hospitality of the people have made the country attractive for international film producers. All locations are conveniently accessible via modern and convenient transport modes.

Among the most attractive destinations for foreign filmmakers are Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Krabi. An extensive variety of accommodation, food, transportation, and services in these areas is available for them.

In order to grant speedy permission for filming in Thailand, officials involved have been working in an integrated manner at the One-Stop Service Center, located at the Thailand Film Office within the National Stadium compound in Bangkok.

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