Thailand's Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) has unveiled plans to make the country the leading hub for film production in the ASEAN region.
The plans, released at Thai Night AFM 2017, seeks to capitalize on the talent in the Thai film industry to turn Thailand into the leading regional centre for film production and post-production.
A press release from DITP stated, "The ASEAN region, a community of over 600 million consumers, will become one of the most dynamic entertainment markets in the world, and Thailand is ideally positioned to take a major role in the growth of the regional industry. Acknowledging that a strong entertainment industry policy needs a 360 degrees approach, both domestic and international growth will be the focus of the Ministry of Commerce. On the international side, the development of the industry will rely on boosting the export of Thai content, as well as attracting foreign productions to shoot in Thailand and foster co-productions."
The department will also focus on promoting Thailand as a film shooting destination. "Thailand is already one of the most popular destinations for international productions, due to its state-of-the-art technical facilities, highly experienced crew, beautiful locations and top hospitality services."
Some of the recent films shot in Thailand include Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez and Bryce Dallas Howard; All I See Is You, starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke; Mechanic Resurrection, starring Jason Statham; and No Escape, starring Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan.