The Asian Film CommissionsNetwork (AFCNet) is gearing up for a push to draw more Hollywood productions tothe region.
The move comes as AFCNet hasadded Singapore and Cambodia to its membership roster, which now boasts 22commissions from across the region.
AFCNet, which offers supportfor location shoots, will hold a seminar on attracting US productions at thePusan International Film Festival in October, with the participation of aHollywood-based producer and location manager.
Other initiatives to be rolledout during the rest of the year include a programme whereby internationalfilm-makers and screenwriters will receive free or affordable accommodation inmember countries while in pre-production. Details on the long-term marketingtool will be unveiled on the AFCNet website (www.afcnet.org) shortly.
After being launched in 2004to promote cooperation and information sharing among its members, the AFCNetnow includes 22 regular members from China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia,Russia, Cambodia, and Singapore.
The Shanghai Film Studio isplanning to attend the Pusan festival to discuss possible membership. And at arecent board meeting in Bali, AFCNet President Park Kwang-su of the Busan FilmCommission met with Indonesia's Assistant Deputy for Film Development todiscuss the establishment of a nationwide film commission.
Associate members fromThailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam also act as observers.
Joint marketing initiativesin the pipeline for 2006 including a presentation at the AFCI Locations TradeShow next April.