Japan Film org to launch in April

Seminar unveils new commission in Tokyo

TOKYO — The Japan Film Commission, an umbrella org for the 100-plus film commissions spread across the country, will launch in April, it was announced at the Japan Location Seminar on Wednesday in Tokyo.

The Japan Film Promotion Council provides English-language info on the film commissions, but it is understaffed and underfunded relative to the growing interest in shooting in Japan from abroad.

The council saw the need for a Japan-wide body back in 2006, when it launched a study chaired by Ken Terawaki, a former film critic and bureaucrat who now teaches at Kyoto U. of Art and Design. Study was backed by the Ministry for Economy, Trade and Finance, the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Japan Tourism Agency. 

The JFC will serve as clearinghouse for domestic and foreign producers needing location info, advice and support. Several local film commissions have extensive experience in dealing with foreign productions, including the Tokyo Location Box started by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara. But the barriers to shooting in Japan remain formidable for foreigners, from clearing high permission hurdles to hiring local staff. 

— Mark Schilling 

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety