The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) will launch the next phase of its Global Initiatives In Professional Development in conjunction with the 32nd annual AFCI Cineposium International Conference 2007 that runs from Aug 26-30 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Hosted by the New Mexico Film Office, the event will be attended by members of the AFCI's global film commission network from 33 countries.

The key training element in the professional development curriculum is the Film Commission Fundamentals course, which the AFCI launched on July 21 as the first step in the AFCI's Professional Development Programme.

New commissions applying for AFCI membership must complete the Programme before attending the Film Commission Professional course at Cineposium 2007.

'The educational opportunity unveiled at Locations Trade Show in April and which we're now launching capitalises on the unique circumstances Cineposium represents,' AFCI president Robin James said.

'This event brings together the collective brains trust of film commissioner professionals from around the world who serve the needs of the global production industry.

'The Professional Development Programme affords our members the knowledge, insights and skills that enhance capability and develop proficiencies which are highly valued by our partners in the film industry worldwide.

Cineposium topics this year include environmentally conscious production, visual effects, cultural diversity, and the advantages of shooting in New Mexico.

For a complete list of panel discussions and topics visit