A UNIQUE PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION
Founded in 1975 the United States of America, The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) is the only global non-profit professional organization representing city, state, regional, provincial and national film commission members on six continents. In 2023 AFCI underwent a significant strategic project to solidify the future we seek and the why we exist.
Our values will always guide our decision making, they contribute to a supportive and empowering environment for all members and reflect on our commitment to the mission.
We commit to finding great partners and deepening our relationships with local and industry leaders.
We acknowledge different regional experiences, support cross-cultural learning and foster diverse environments.
We promote a culture of continuous improvement to ensure we provide world class support to our members
We develop new products using a digital-first approach based on regular feedback and assessments.
We uphold the highest ethical standards, transparency and accountability in all organizational activities.
After being founded in 1975, AFCI developed a major educational event called AFCI Cineposium. The first Cineposium was held in 1976. Held annually, this conference-style program features professional development seminars designed to teach film commissioners about the management and processes unique to the film commission business as well as networking opportunities between film commissioners and members of the production community.
In 1985, the AFCI initiated Locations Show, the first on-location trade show for film and television production. Held in Los Angeles, the event was developed to provide the production community with an opportunity to meet with film commissioners and learn more about tax incentives, rebates and the benefits of on-location shooting. As new forms of generating content arise daily, AFCI saw the need for a different level of connectivity between its membership and the production community that rose above the confines of a trade show.
In 2018, the Location Show evolved into AFCI Week. Held annually in Los Angeles, this three to five-day long event focuses on connecting our global members with high level industry decision makers and partners. AFCI Week ensures attendees prime opportunities for education, networking and lead generation for their regions. Evolving with the latest trends, the event currently features professional development, industry and research updates, curated meetings with executives and networking receptions.
In today’s highly competitive environment, film commissions are becoming an economic necessity – an integral ingredient in attracting film productions and revenue to a region. AFCI works to support emerging regions in the industry create the infrastructure, workforce and knowledge they need to partner with studios.