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Film Commissions Globally

With over 300 Film Commissions on Six Continents, there’s almost always an AFCI member office nearby.

What Is a Film Commission

A film commission is a specialized office under the authority of a government entity, or administrative office, with the purpose of promoting the region through the development of film, video, and multimedia production.

Value of an AFCI Member Film Commission

AFCI Member Film Commissions serve as a general resource and clearinghouse for information throughout the region and assist with the following services:

  • Tax Incentive Navigation
  • Liaison with government departments/agencies
  • Logistical information regarding crew, talent, facilities, stages, equipment, and support services
  • Setting standards of professionalism
  • Site location photography
  • Regional scouting services
  • Location library
  • Serving as a clearinghouse for production information

Today's film commissioners play many roles including producer, director, photographer, writer, and publicist. They are called upon to market their jurisdictions, prove the value of their industry through economic reporting, and manage financial incentive programs all while juggling the demands of production in an increasingly high-tech, fast-moving world.

The AFCI is committed to providing film commission staff members with the educational tools they need to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace. We have developed a three-tiered education program that provides valuable information and training opportunities tailored to interest everyone from industry newbie to seasoned veteran.

Film Commission Fundamentals will give the participant an overview of all aspects of film commission work. Topics of study include film commission operations, marketing your jurisdiction, an overview of economic development, film incentives programs, scouting, location photography, plus working with production and clients and within the local jurisdiction.

Course participants will explore important topics in greater depth including the business aspects of film production, effective marketing techniques, economic development impact and reporting, and the importance of alliances and partnerships such as working with crew, guilds, unions, and economic development officials.

Cineposium is the key educational event produced by the Association of Film Commissioners International. Over the past 40 years, Cineposium has earned recognition as the premiere conference for film commissioners and the entertainment industry, sharing knowledge and experiences in a collaborative atmosphere.

AFCI’s Beyond Cinema Magazine publishes twice annually and serves the entire film, television, digital and interactive media industry of producers, directors, writers, executives, location managers, talent and fans of cinematic arts and beyond.

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