With Asian nations vying for the lucrative international location shooting business, five Asian film commissioners are making their debut as new members of AFCNet at BIFCOM, the locations showcase held concurrently with Pusan 's Asian Film Market.

Australia 's Gold Coast City Council, Philippines Film Development Council, Thailand Film Office, Cheongpung Film Commission from Korea and Malaysia 's FINAS are new members of AFCNet from this year.

The organisation, which aims to provide a convenient environment for location shoots in Asia and promote cooperation and information exchange among members, now consists of 35 members from 11 nations, up from 18 members when it was first launched three years ago at Pusan.

It boasts the largest number of Asian film commissioners among international organisations of a similar nature.

The membership is expected to increase further. The Department of Cultural Affairs of Taipei City Government will attend as an observer AFCNet's annual general assembly which will be held during BIFCOM.

Jordan and Honolulu have also expressed interest to join the organisation while Korea 's Jeju Film Commission has just submitted the membership application.

Meanwhile, this year's BIFCOM will focus on 3D digital cinema. Industry leaders such as In-Three from the US and Japan 's Visual Communications will discuss the opportunities and challenges in 3D digital cinema in an industry presentation and seminar.