MANILA, PHILIPPINES, APRIL 14, 2021 — The Philippines has renewed its term for another two years at the Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet) Board of Directors composed of eight countries.
The AFCNet, a network of film commissions and professional film support agencies throughout Asia, is the region’s first film-related non-profit international organization.
It advocates regional filming in Asia by streamlining information on filming locations, incentives, requirements, and regulations in the region and supporting member organizations in their international co-productions. As of January, the AFCNet has 54 members from 19 countries.
In 2019, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño was nominated to the AFCNet Board for the first time. After completing her two-year term, Diño was nominated in January to remain on the Board until 2022.
“I am humbled and honored to renew my term as a member of the AFCNet Board of Directors. Forging collaborations among film commissions provides more opportunities for Asian filmmakers in content creation, co-production, distribution, and exhibition,” commented Diño.
Among the AFCNet events are the AFCNet General Assembly, AFCNet Board Meeting, AFCNet Networking Hour, AFCNet Producer of the Year Award Ceremony, LoMA (Asia Location Market), ASEAN-ROK (Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea) Film Leaders Incubator (FLY), and Link of Cine-Asia (Asian Film Forum & Business Showcase).
The FLY Film Lab, an AFCNet-supported project development program run by the Busan Film Commission, was held in 2019 in Cebu in partnership with the FDCP. It provided mentoring on the scripts of 10 selected filmmakers from ASEAN-ROK member states and held lectures for participants and limited registrants.
“I am looking forward to more milestones in Asian Cinema through the AFCNet,” added Diño, who is also a collaborator in Best Practice Exchange (BPX), an initiative that gathers film agency heads from around the globe to brainstorm on best practices in public funding for filmmaking.
As a member of the AFCNet Board of Directors, Diño aspires to propose initiatives that can activate more multilateral cooperation among the Asian countries themselves through co-production, support in talent and skills development and sharing of best practices among the members of the network.
Joining the FDCP in the Board of Directors are the Busan Film Commission from South Korea, Taipei Film Commission from Taiwan, Ministry of Communications & Multimedia (FINAS) from Malaysia, Cambodia Film Commission, Primorye Film Commission from Russia, Royal Film Commission of Jordan, and Icefall Productions from Nepal.
The AFCNet General Assembly in 2019
The other AFCNet regular members are the following:
Film Development Board of Nepal
National Film Commission of Bhutan
Taichung Film Development Foundation of Taiwan
Mongolian National Film Commission
Thailand Film Office
Bali Film Center
Film Development Center of Indonesia
Screen Auckland of New Zealand
Myanmar Motion Pictures Development Department
Vietnam Cinema Department
Uzbekistan National Film Commission
Korea Film Commissions & Industry Network
Cheongpung Film Commission
Daejeon Film Commission
Gangwon Film Commission
Gyeonggi Film Commission
Chungnam Film Commission
Incheon Film Commission
Jeju Film & Culture Industry Promotion Agency
Jeonju Film Commission
Jeonnam Film Commission
Seoul Film Commission
Kangwon Information & Culture Agency
Japan Film Commission
Fukuoka Film Commission
Himeji Film Commission
Hiroshima Film Commission
Kitakyushu Film Commission
Kobe Film Office
Nagasaki Film & Media Commission
Oita City Location Office
OCVB Okinawa Film Office
Saga Film Commission
Tokyo Film Commission
Aside from Nepal’s Icefall Productions, the following are the AFCNet associate members:
Vietnam Association of Film Promotion and Development
Throne Inc. from Japan
Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival from China
EN Films from Singapore
Digital Content Connection Sdn Bhd from Malaysia
Greenlight Films from Thailand
Indochina Productions from Thailand
Korea Media Tourism Research Center
The K media from South Korea
Kinemafactory from South Korea
SM9 SkyTech from South Korea
Cover photo features FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño at the AFCNet General Assembly 2019
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