Thailand’s film production cash incentives proof a success: 239 Films shot in the first 3 months of 2017 already
Thailand has made over 900 Million Baht in the first 3 months of 2017 January to March. This boost in income is partly due to the new incentive program that let's foreign film companies get cash-backs up to 15% for productions with a minimum production value of 100 Million Baht. Thailand targets now to make between 3-4 Billion baht in income from foreign film productions in 2017. The most and biggest production teams came from Hollywood, generating 161 Million Baht, then closely followed by the UK with 160 Million Baht.
Thailand's unmatched diversity of locations and scenery have helped it to increase foreign films shot in Thailand by 15% last year. China was No. 1 with almost 50 movies shot in Thailand in 2016. The Thailand Film Ofice is now offering a group of 8 strategic location clusters to further boost film productions in Thailand. Planning a film or TV production is relatively hassle free. Any production company coming to Thailand to shoot has to hire a local company such as us for handling all legal and production arrangements. We get all required film permissions, assist in getting filming work permits, provide top notch crew, equipment and any special requirements production companies might have.
Targeting global film and entertainment markets, The Thai Film Office is travelling the world to push Thailand's upcoming incentives program for large film productions in Thailand (which we previously discussed here) which will provide 15% up to 20% cash back incentives to foreign production companies shooting in Thailand. The Thai Film office has presented the new program at 2 of the biggest film industry events in the world, namely the American Film Market and Conferences (AFM) event in Santa Monica, USA and the FOCUS 2016 event, taking place in London.
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Fast Approvals:If you are a production company and you are looking for a location to film an upcoming movie or video, then perhaps you should take Thailand into consideration. Unlike many countries abroad, Thailand’s fast and efficient government procedures makes approval for filming fast and less hassle. Approval to film in Thailand is given by the Film Board of Thailand formed by many government agency representatives. Their “one-stop” review is facilitated for filmmakers assuring faster approval given that all required documents and information is intact.
Geographical Diversity:Thailand’s natural beauty is undeniably breathtaking. The beaches, jungles, and mountainous regions, makes Thailand diverse in geographical characteristics. Such diversity allows different scenery changes during film making and most areas are accessible through modern transportation. There are also several historical sites dating back to the Sukhothai and Rattanakosin era for an ancient atmosphere, while the Mekong River Basins synchronizes modern day living with traditional lifestyles. Thailand encompasses both rural and urban environments, making Thailand’s geography multidimensional.
This news came out of Cannes just recently on the 16th of May 2016. Thailand unveiled some major production incentives to the public that will make it even more interesting for production houses around the world to film in Thailand. Some