AFCI growth curve continues upward in ’92

The Association of Film Commissioners International welcomes you to Location Expo. What began eight years ago as a limited event with 60 film commissions displaying brochures on table tops, has become a global stage for 190 film commissions–including 41 international commissions–offer-ing specially designed booths and the latest technology for displaying and providing information for filming.

The number of countries that the Association of Film Commissioners International accesses continues to grow.

While film commissions have been in existence in North America for decades, the concept of a film commission, and the service it can provide the producer, is still being discovered throughout the world.

During the past year, we have assisted in establishing film commissions in South America, in both Chile and Colombia; in Europe in Russia; in the Caribbean in the British Virgin Islands, as well as in new areas in the North American continent.

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We contine receiving inquiries about film commissions and howto establish them from cities, counties, countries and provinces throughout the world. In addition, members of the production industry contact us with suggestions of countries or areas to assist in the creation of film commissions. We encourage all members of the industry to contact the AFCI office, or any AFCI member, if they know where we can provide information about our services and association.

The AFCI’s vision is to create a global environment that will encourage the free flow of information across all borders. This vision is realized each year at Location Expo, a venue that allows the industry one-stop access to commissions from around the world.

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Members of the AFCI also can be found attending ShowBiz Expo East and West, the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, and a variety of other production related events, in an effort to bring location information to the industry.

We are also looking at new technology in CD imaging, such as CD Rom and modems for providing instant transmission of location information and pictures to production-decision makers.

This year marks the first year that the AFCI will host both the Cineposium and Location Expo in Los Angeles. The threefold mission of the AFCI is:

1) increasing the professionalism of our members and the greater understanding of film commissioner’s services;

2) providing leadership and support in areas that have an affect on the film industry, or our members;

3) providing leadership in global communication and information-delivery systems by continuing to improve location information.

We are excited about bringing our annual educational conference, Cineposium, to Los Angeles in September 1993, and look forward to working with members of the Hollywood production community at this major event.

During this past year, we have seen changes in the world and the industry that we all serve.

Despite budgetary cuts in all levels of government around the world, the growth in the number of film commissions that service the film industry has continued. Nevertheless, there is always the danger that in tight budget times, our programs will be greatly reduced, or eliminated.

Just as we in the AFCI feel we are in partnership with the production industry in producing films, television, commercials and all products related to the visual medium, we hope the production community is in partnership with us in demonstrating to our political jurisdictions by providing information on the economic impact of the production industry in our areas.

We continue to refine the process for tracking economic affect, and we are asking for all members of the film, television and commercial production industries to assist us in gathering the necessary production figures to present them to our legislators, mayors, governors and cultural ministers.

The Association of Film Commissioners International looks forward to further global growth and the ability to service the production industry across all borders.

We invite and encourage production industry representatives to join us at Location Expo, to renew old production partnerships, forge new production partnerships and to discuss new challenges and opportunities in all aspects of film and video production.

Leigh von der Esch is president of the Association of Film Commissioners International and exec director of Utah Film Commission.

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