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Foreign Film Production in Thailand from 2003 to 2015

Alexander J. KLEMM
IJCCI volume 5, issue 1, 2017

Since the 1960s Thailand has succeeded in positioning itself as the leading Southeast Asian nation to host foreign film-related projects. Every year hundreds of foreign feature films, documentaries, commercials, TV programs, music videos, and other film-related products are shot in the kingdom. Thus, foreign film production is a crucial factor in the condition of the Thai film industry and an important generator of revenue. Using a variety of marketing tools, the Thailand Film Office promotes the country as an attractive choice for foreign talent and film production companies. Furthermore, an increasing number of Thai screen talents and crews play key roles in foreign film-related productions. Foreign production companies usually collaborate with domestic firms that specialize in providing the services required by their international counterparts. This paper takes stock of recent foreign film production in Thailand and explores the support international filmmakers receive. It reviews the following: statistics about foreign film production and revenue generated, the role of the Thailand Film Office, rules and regulations of foreign filmmaking in Thailand, and the role of Thailand-based film production service companies. Results of the analyses include: the number of foreign productions and the generated revenue increased significantly between 2003 and 2015. The Thailand Film Office is active in promoting Thailand as a top film location destination, facilitates the application process for shooting permits, and provides straightforward rules and regulations that foreign filmmakers must follow. Thai film production service companies are also vital to the success of foreign film-related projects. Moreover, the outlook for the number of foreign film productions in Thailand and the revenue generated by this industry is positive due to the country’s established reputation as a film destination hub, modern film equipment, and a new financial incentive scheme that was implemented in 2017.


Keywords: Thailand Film Office, Foreign film production, Production services