Org shares tales of pic-production plan

Asian film commissions meets new challenges

Unpaid bills, immigration scams and film footage ruined by airport X-rays are a few of the recent challenges faced by Asian film commissions.

A seminar hosted on Tuesday by the Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet) gave representatives an opportunity to share some of the problems they’ve had with international shoots.

Phil Choy of the Busan Film Commission described an experience with an Indian production company that presented a shooting proposal with faultless paperwork. Despite that, the crew of 10 disappeared soon after arriving in Korea.

In 2003, the city hosted shooting for “The Intruder” by French director Claire Denis. But the original negative was slightly damaged in the airport’s X-ray machine when the crew left.

Meanwhile Seishi Yamamoto of the Kochi Film Commission discussed a Korean production company, which shot in Kochi in October 2005 and spring 2006, but didn’t pay a large chunk of the production’s expenses.

“There are still 70 million yen of bills to hotels and other local businesses that remain unpaid,” said Yamamoto.

Other presenters provided an overview of insurance coverage for film shoots and suggested guidelines for film commissions to follow to avoid similar problems.

AFCNet is a network of organizations in Asia that provide support for location shooting. This year, six new members were inducted into the org.

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