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Film commissioners meet for confab

Group to launch next phase of GIPD

The Assn. of Film Commissioners Intl. is launching the next phase of its Global Initiatives in Professional Development in conjunction with its 32nd annual AFCI Cineposium Intl. Conference.

The confab, hosted by the New Mexico Film Office, runs Aug. 26-30 in Santa Fe, N.M.

“This event brings together the collective brain trust of film commissioner professionals from around the world who serve the needs of the global production industry,” said AFCI president Robin James. “The professional development program affords our members the knowledge, insights and skills that enhance capability and develop proficiencies, which are highly valued by our partners in the film industry worldwide.”

A Film Commission Fundamentals course, launched July 21 and the first to be offered entirely online, assists participants in understanding the basics of working in a film commission as well as fulfilling film liaison tasks. Courses are a prerequisite for those who wish to pursue accreditation as an AFCI-certified film commissioner, and new film commissioners should complete the fundamentals course prior to attendance as a first step in the AFCI’s professional development program.

Unique this year are the offerings of AFCI’s master class series: “Going Green — Leaving a Light Footprint on our Environment,” “Visual Effects — Coming of Age,” “Diversity — Above and Below the Line,” “Marketing for Film Commissioners” and “The Film Commissioner as Economic Developer.”

In addition, a six-hour workshop on “The Essentials of Grant Writing” will be offered as a special presentation open to the general public as well as attendees of the conference.

“We have developed innovative initiatives that have resulted in significant economic impact for our state,” said New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, “and we are pleased to be able to contribute to the dynamic and thought-provoking discussions that are the hallmark of this event.”

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