Macedonian Film Agency at 2015 AFCI Cineposium in Barcelona
As of this year, the Macedonian Film Agency has become a member of the -The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI).
The Republic of Macedonia, through representatives of the Macedonian Film Agency shall take part at the AFCI Cineposium, taking place September 24-26 in Barcelona, Spain, where the country will be presented as a favorable filming location, exchanging experiences with film commission bodies from all over the world with the aim of developing the system and mechanisms that have been introduced in 2014 with the Film Industry Law. This year’s theme of the Cineposium is dedicated to Film Tourism, since recent analyses carried by industry experts show that film commissions are competing for a film industry worth more than 88.3 billion dollars, with income from tourisms reaching more than 1 trillion dollars on international level. The same analysis also states that over 1 billion people travel around the world each year for leisure, and every 5th tourist is motivated by films or TV shows. The most prominent example is the popularity of the franchise HOBBIT which has been shot on locations in New Zealand which has resulted in the growth of tourist visits in 2014 for over 3.155.000.000 $, in comparison to 2013 - 7.000.000$.
The Macedonian Film Agency, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and the Ministry of Culture has been intensively active in the promotion of Republic of Macedonia as a shooting location, presenting the natural and human resources of the country as well as production and post-production companies and infrastructures with the aim of attracting foreign productions in our country and boosting the film industry.
A direct result of our efforts is the French production “A fond” directed by Nikolas Benamu which has began its filming in Macedonia in September, as well as the presence of six top level representatives from Warner Brothers, Walt Disney and Entertainment Partners, that have visited Macedonia during the past week, and got acquainted with the country’s most beautiful filming locations and natural beauties, financial and production incentives that Macedonia has to offer as well as meeting with companies that offer production and post-production services in the country.
The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI)
The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1975 to serve the growing needs of film and television production. The AFCI was initially formed by a small group of film commissioners who wanted to share information and learn from one another's experiences. Since then, the AFCI has expanded into a worldwide network of more than 300 commissions representing six continents. All are devoted to the business of facilitating film and television production activity which generates billions of dollars annually.
The first major educational event hosted by the AFCI began in 1976 as Cineposium. Held annually, this program features professional development seminars designed to teach film commissioners about the management and processes unique to the film commission business.
In 1985, the AFCI organized Locations Show in Los Angeles, California, which continues to respond to the growing marketing needs of film commissions, and provides an unmatched forum for film commissioners to promote filming within their respective city, state, provinces, or countries.
Annually, AFCI organizes events at the most acclaimed film festivals around the world such as Cannes, Berlin, Sundance and Toronto Film Festival.
For more information, please visit www.afci.org