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Global Signups Marking Return Of Location Expo

The sixth annual Location Expo of the Assn. of Film Commissioners Intl., which moves this year from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica, will include a record 168 commissions, eight more than last year.

Twelve foreign countries and 103 states and cities will be represented when the Location Expo, once more piggy-backing on the American Film Market, pitches its biggest tent ever at its new venue, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, March 2 to 4.

The agreement under which the American Film Marketing Assn. owns and operates the expo has two more years to run. The expo claims to be the world’s largest international trade show for film and tv location services.

Fourteen affiliate members of AFCI, including such units as the Ontario Production Industry Council and Eastman Kodak, will be first-time exhibitors.

AFCI president Leigh von der Esch, director of the Utah Film Commission, said AFCI has mailed 20,000 invitations to this year’s meet. Industry recipients include the memberships of the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America.

Admission by invitation will be free. However, for the first time those without invitations will be charged $10 to attend. The money will help defray the $13,000 cost of getting out the mailing list.

AFCI’s foreign membership includes Australia, Austria, Munich, Hong Kong, Israel, Thailand, England, Scotland and Birmingham, England, as well as 14 separate Canadian film commissions.

Domestically, 42 states comprise the bulk of AFCI’s membership. Many states have city and county film offices that also belong to AFCI.

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