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JW Blog Thailand Production Incentives

#‎Thailand‬’s government has approved a ‪#‎Film‬ ‪#‎Production‬ ‪#‎rebate‬ for international ‪#‎productions‬ that spend at least $1.5m in the Kingdom. Thailand has finally secured government approval for production incentives in the form of a 15-20% cash rebate on qualifying local spend.

Expected to kick in from January 2017, the incentive offers a 15% rebate on international productions that spend at least $1.5m in the country, with a yet-to-be determined upper limit to prevent a single big-budget production from emptying the pot. An additional 3% is available for films that use key Thai cast or crew when shooting in the country and a further 2% for films that have particular value in promoting Thailand.

Reference: http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/cannes/thailand-launches-20-production-incentive/5103910.article

20160514 Thailand Launches 20 percent production rebate - ScreenDaily

Discussions for Thailand to introduce a film production incentive have been heard for over two decades and local film industry professionals see this as a great positive for the film industry in Thailand and ASEAN as a whole. With the more business opportunities and activities focused on trading partnership across the AEC, Thailand’s production hub status will be further strengthened by the implementation of this vital entertainment industry support at a time when Asian appetites for entrepreneurship, fintech, startup technology and OTT are heating up.

When one compares jurisdictions the Thailand film production industry incentives set to take effect in 2017 will weigh in heavily on other countries offering similar production incentives to attract filmmakers, not only in ASEAN, but also throughout the world. This is largely because the costs of production are significantly lower in Thailand than other countries and with rebates being offered in the range of 15%-20% being available, Thailand will rank high on the list of destinations for producers.

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The development of movie production incentives stems from the perceived economic benefits of filmmaking and television production in the US. In 2010 revenues from television production in the US were estimated at $30.8 billion[1] while revenues from movie and video production in the US were estimated at $29.7 billion in the same year.[2]

As the TV and film industries around the world grew through the 1990s, so did concern over runaway productionsTV shows and films that are intended for a US audience but are filmed in other countries in order to reduce production costs. The issue of runaway productions gained further traction after Canada adopted a movie production incentive program in 1997.

In the 21st century Asia has emerged as a leading growth area for film financing with Asia, China and India increasingly being used by Hollywood producers and major studios as a necessary part of their global strategies.

Building on new trends and timing with markets

Evidence suggests that the trends of US and EU companies pursuing strategic partnerships in Asia is increasing in 2016. Such trends are not exclusive to strategic decisions being made by corporations in the entertainment, media, and Hollywood talent agencies. A renewed focus on private equity and Family Office funding coupled with recent increased volatility in financial markets has spurred a swathe of mergers and acquisitions activity across the divide between East and West.

Innovations and Cultural Specifics

Innovations in technology and rapid growth in the utilisation of enterprise software to enhance business efficiency are coupled to growing mobile penetration prevalent across ASEAN. With large populations utilising high-speed data services and ever-increasing access to mobile communications, the proliferation of marketing and advertising censorship controls under scrutiny, Governments and populations wishing to monitor and filter content delivered over the Internet are all key indicators to watch.

Mobile penetration demographics SE Asia - South Korea

India’s super angel investors are predominantly focused on the media technology and innovation spaces and are keenly interested in developing strategic partnerships with growth stories that focus on expansion in Asia.

For more information on filming in Thailand information is available from the Thailand Film Office. 
Telephone: + 66 2612 4149 +66 2219 4010 Ext. 634 or 463
Email: film@thailandfilmoffice.org URL: Thailandfilmoffice.org

About the author: James With
First published on Monday, 16th May 2016

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Robert Redford reflects on 30 years of Sundance

By Emma Jones
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Robert Redford
Thirty years ago, movie star Robert Redford decided to create a film festival to promote America’s fledgling independent film industry. ” But I didn’t want to do it in New York or LA,” he says. “I said, let’s put it in Utah, let’s make it hard to get to. Let’s make it weird.”

Three decades on, the Sundance Film Festival at Park City in Utah is showing indie movies from 37 different countries and is bringing in about $375m (£228m) to the local economy. But although the event was responsible for “discovering” Oscar nominees such as Beasts of the Southern Wild and Winter’s Bone – which also launched Jennifer Lawrence’s career – Redford admits that, in 2014, independent cinema is, as he puts it, “still at the mercy of the distributors”.

“Hollywood is a business and it’s really good at it,” he says. “But if you’re looking at how films get nominated for Oscars for example, it’s all about the campaign that gets run. A lot of independent films – and I’d include my own latest film, All Is Lost in there – don’t have the funding for that.”

Chris O'Dowd
Red carpet style is low key at Sundance with woolly hats and ski jackets often being worn – Chris O’Dowd is at the festival with the film Calvary

Although Academy Award winners have come from the independent sector – including British film The King’s Speech – this year, Gravity and American Hustle, the leading contenders, are both studio films.

Mission statement
With low-budget movies squeezed by shorter theatrical releases and the advent of on demand and streaming services like Netflix, where does Redford see the business heading? “I don’t see Sundance’s business as being business,” Redford replied. “We are nothing to do with the box office, we are a non-profit organisation. We started Sundance as a place to come and develop new artists, with the ambition of creating a community and giving them a platform for their work. I don’t think our mission has changed at all. Thirty years ago, these people had nowhere to go. Now I’m very proud that actually, the directors of Gravity and American Hustle, Alfonso Cuaron and David O Russell, actually came up through Sundance, and now they work in the mainstream. I think independent films are seen by a bigger audience these days, and we do know that changing the platform of distribution is inevitable, and we will ride that wave. But look at something like Kickstarter – that is an innovation which is giving new life to independent cinema.”

Zach Braff
Zach Braff’s first film Garden State became a cult hit after it was shown in 2004

One Kickstarter-funded film screening at Sundance is “Wish I Was Here“, the first film Zach Braff has made since 2004’s Garden State. As well as Braff, the festival boasts its usual stellar list of acting talent who brave the snows of Park City, including Kristen Stewart, playing a Guantanamo Bay guard in Camp X-Ray, the debut feature film by graphic designer Peter Sattler.

A better experience
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon bring comedy with Michael Winterbottom‘s The Trip To Italy, while Keira Knightley has already received rave reviews for her part in Laggies, a coming of age 20-something comedy directed by Lynn Shelton, who set it in her hometown of Seattle. “Doing independent cinema is often a better experience than doing studio films,” explains Knightley. “There are so many retakes, and waiting to set up shots in blockbusters, that you can lose the momentum, particularly if you have to act against a green screen. In a low-budget film, you have to get it right and it’s like being in the theatre – you’ve only got one chance. Also, on Laggies, I got to live on a houseboat in Seattle and learn to skateboard a little, like my character. The only problem was they had no health and safety budget, so they’d hardly let me use it.”

Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley
Laggies stars Chloe Grace Moretz (left) alongside Keira Knightley

While the actors’ pay in independent cinema is often so low that only established stars can take the roles, Sundance has, nevertheless, launched new stars every year – from Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone to Felicity Jones in Like Crazy.

Biggest success
However, the festival’s biggest success remains its documentary programme, one of the first to be established at an event like this. Four out of the five Oscar nominees in this year’s documentary category debuted at Sundance in 2013.

This year, the event is screening films on subjects as diverse as former US presidential candidate Mitt Romney, film critic Roger Ebert and Star Trek icon George Takei, as well as real-life thrillers like The Green Prince – the true story of the friendship that formed between a Hamas informer and his Israeli handler. “I think Sundance has been a game-changer for the documentary,” remarks John Battsek, the British producer behind The Green Prince and last year’s Oscar winner, Searching for Sugarman.

John Lithgow, Alfred Molina
John Lithgow and Alfred Molina enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on the red carpet at Sundance – they are at the festival with their film Love Is Strange

“I think it’s helped elevate the documentary to the same status as a feature film, and shown it can perform just as well in cinemas. “Now the challenge is to continue making documentaries that have the same values and standards as a feature.” While 56 films compete across the different categories at Sundance, the reality is that only a handful will receive a theatrical release. Redford is adamant though, that the festival has a winning formula: “We are who we are and we’ll stay who we are,” he says. “And if I had a message for other festivals who want to do the same thing, I guess it would be ‘don’t even try.'”

The Sundance Film Festival runs until January 26, 2014
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