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Thailand still a perfect stage for international films


As many as 26 foreign films have been made in Thailand in the first three months of 2021 and have generated Bt1.18 billion in revenue, Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Thani Saengrat said on Sunday.

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He added that the film board is considering another four or five applications from film producers.

There are several reasons why Thailand is attractive to foreign filmmakers:

• Permission is granted very fast. If all documents are ready, approval is given within five days as the film board meets three times a week.

• Thai filming crew are skilled and have experience working with world-class filmmakers, especially from Hollywood. Thailand also has good quality studios and props, so shots of the New York subway, Japan’s Ginza district, a sci-fi set among others can all be shot easily.

• Thailand offers beautiful locations and great infrastructure.

• Plenty of incentives. If a production house invests more than Bt50 million, mostly uses Thai workers and promotes the image of Thailand, it can get cash rebates of up to 20 per cent.

Though the country is struggling under the new normal, the film industry is still generating income and maybe a strong driving force for economic recovery post-Covid-19.

Published : April 12, 2021

By : The Nation