Research + Best Practice

AFCI leads on the development of best practice for film commissions and produces reports and guidance for members, wider government and industry.

Global Screen Production - The Impact of Film and Television Production on Economic Recovery from COVID-19

AFCI was proud to endorse a groundbreaking and timely report by Olsberg•SPI titled, Global Screen Production – The Impact of Film and Television Production on Economic Recovery from COVID-19. The report details the scale and economic impact of film and television production globally, shows the rapid nature of the spend and the wide-ranging business sectors which benefit. Critically, many of these sectors are outside the film and television industry.

The study finds that after several years of groundbreaking growth, spending on screen production reached $177 billion in 2019, driving total global economic impact of $414 billion.

Global Screen Production - The Impact of Film and Television Production on Economic Recovery from COVID-19

AFCI + TIME'S UP Foundation Diversity Report 2020

Time's Up

AFCI is proud to have partnered with the TIME’S UP Foundation on a first-of-kind report drawing attention to diversity efforts led by film commissions to address safety on sets, equity among the workforce, and diversity and inclusion in leadership. The primary purpose of the report is to showcase and share information about successful strategies, policies, and best practices for inclusivity and leadership within global film sectors.

It includes recommendations for film commissions and serves as a resource for the screen sector.

AFCI + TIME'S UP FOUNDATION Diversity Report 2020

Best Practice In Screen Sector Development

On Friday September 13th 2019 at AFCI’s 43rd Cineposium conference, AFCI’s detailed global report on Best Practice in Screen Sector Development was released. The report, undertaken for AFCI by creative industries consultancy firm Olsberg SPI highlights a range of successful strategies and policies that have been implemented by established and emerging markets around the world with the aim of maximizing their share of high-value production activity.

Four of the most important areas within which best practice can be demonstrated provide the framework for the Study. They are:

  • Automatic incentives;
  • Workforce capacity;
  • Capacity building in physical infrastructure and services; and
  • Film-friendly production environment.

Examples of best practice in all four areas are included in this Study.

Best Practice Guidelines

The guidelines below are available for AFCI members via the online AFCI Member Community:

Know Your Territory

Promoting locations is now a very small part of the modern film commission’s role. This document is a detailed checklist of information commissions should have at their fingertips when engaging with industry to attract production. It includes topics such as on-set safety, banking, tax regulations, and understanding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Developed by AFCI in conjunction with Warner Bros. Entertainment, this Best Practice Guide is designed to help commissions and screen agencies at all levels of development ensure they’re best prepared for production inquiries.

Available for AFCI members via the online AFCI Member Community.

Covid-19 Communications Guide

The Coronavirus pandemic presents organizations, including film commissions, with unique communications challenges. Stakeholders (government officials, production industry executives, crew members, vendors, etc.) want to know that a film commission is monitoring the situation and available to help find solutions.

The suggestions in this brief guide are intended to help film commissions communicate relevant COVID-19 information to key audiences. The suggestions may apply to communication amid any external crisis that affects public safety and disrupts production activity.

Available for AFCI members via the online AFCI Member Community.

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