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Cannes ’15: Thailand Film Office Predicts 2015 Will Be a Record-Breaking Year for Incoming Productions

Cannes '15: Thailand Film Office Predicts 2015 Will Be a Record-Breaking Year for Incoming Productions

Last year, 631 international productions went to shoot in Thailand, with
revenue of over $59m. While these figures were higher than the figures for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, they could not match 2013, which was the best year ever for international production in Thailand.

Now, Ubolwan Sucharitakul, Director of Thailand Film Office is confident that 2015 will be the best year ever for Thailand’s production service industry.

“We must acknowledge that Thailand has faced increased competition both from within the region and from around the world. Incentives and rebates offered by many countries have proven extremely attractive to producers. However, we have seen very clearly that producers understand that true value lies in the quality, efficiency and experience of crews, an infrastructure of modern equipment and facilities, and transparent, reasonable costs.”

Whilst Thailand is currently working on a film incentive program, Thailand outperforms many countries that offer substantial incentives, but higher costs of production.

“Few countries can offer reasonably-priced crews who can boast having worked for Luc Besson, Oliver Stone and Werner Herzog. However, Thai crews have experience at the highest level of production. That results in an efficiency of production, and extraordinary value”

All international productions must go through the Thailand Film Office’s application process, and in recent years this process has been streamlined to give a fast response. As a result, the Thailand Film Office can monitor the level of incoming productions.

Ubolwan Sucharitakul said “We are expecting a number of big feature films in Thailand. One of these is ‘Gold’, directed by Stephen Gaghan, starring Matthew McConaughey, now in pre-production.”

“Productions from the U.S. and Europe remain important to us. While the number of productions is unlikely to increase dramatically, the average budget is higher than for other regions. Thailand also continues to be a very popular destination for films from the Indian subcontinent, seeing a steady rise. However the area which has seen the most dramatic growth is the number of films from China.
As the Chinese market has expanded, we have heard many reports from producers that costs of production have risen, and that the skillbase has not expanded in line with the growth in demand. Thailand is increasingly attractive to Chinese producers seeking high production values, experienced crews, and reasonable costs,”he concluded

The Thailand Film Office is in Cannes 2015, and is hosting the Thai Pavilion, 138 International Village, Riviera.
For more information about filming in Thailand  visit the Thai Pavilion, or contact:

film@thailandfilmoffice.org

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