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Thailand maintains production services growth

Thailand maintains production services growth

By Silvia Wong

Thu, 10 October 2013, 09:30 AM (HKT)

Production News

2013 is proving another record-breaking year for Thailand's production services industry, according to the Thailand Film Office กองกิจการภาพยนตร์.

There has been five years of continuous growth in the number of incoming productions filmed in Thailand and the revenues generated from them. The figure include commercials, television dramas, movies and other shoots.

The number of incoming productions each year has grown about 40% since 2009 to 700 in 2013, of which 44 were feature films as of August. Annual revenue is estimated to have doubled from ฿900 million (US$28.6 million) in 2009.

High profile international productions that chose Thailand as a location include The Hangover Part II (2011) (pictured), The Lady (2011), Lost in Thailand 人再囧途之泰囧 (2012) and Only God Forgives (2013).

"In spite of increased competition for international productions, we are extremely pleased that Thailand remains the premiere choice for film-makers in the region," said Ubolwan SUCHARITAKUL อุบลวรรณ สุจริตกุล, director of the Thailand Film Office.

"We have many examples of producers who trust the crews and local co-ordinators to such an extent that they can fly into Thailand only days before the start of shooting, and know that they will find the same level of preparedness, skill, and working practices as they would find in their home country," she added.

Meanwhile, the Thailand Film Office is set to co-host with AFCNet the 2nd ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator (FLY) at Hua Hin next month. The 2nd Thailand International Film Destination Festival เทศกาลภาพยนตร์ต่างประเทศที่ถ่ายทำในประเทศไทย, which celebrates foreign films shot in Thailand, will return around April next year.

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