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The Thailand Film Office reports a record year for the Thai film industry

The Film Office of Thailand (TFO) reported that 2022 is a record year for the Thais film industry despite the slow start to the new calendar year due to Covid-19 pandemic.

TFO has compiled a list of impressive statistics about the filming of foreign films in the Land of Smiles for 2022.

It recorded that film crews shot 348 different types of films and generated a record 6.4 billion baht, the highest since TFO has been collecting statistics on foreign film shooting in Thailand.

TFO says this reflects confidence in the potential of filming locations in Thailand, the ability of the Thai film industry’s crew and measures to build motivation for the crew.

The Thai cabinet last year approved a budget of 212 million baht to support Thailand’s foreign film industry and introduced a series of incentives.

Prime Minister’s Office spokesperson Trisuree Trisanakun believes the stimulus measures are worth paying for and benefiting the country. The budget is invested in local residents and businesses around each film location.

A basic discount of 15% with local spend over 50 million baht (US$1.4 million) plus an additional discount of up to 5%.

  • +5% to promote Thai tourism, soft power and positive image of Thailand.
  • +3% for hiring key Thai staff.
  • +3% For photographing places designated for tourism.
  • +2% for post-production service costs in Thailand.
  • +5% For capture before December 31, 2023.

*Minimum local spend in Thailand of more than 100 million baht (US$2.8 million).

Top 5 provinces popular with foreign film crews

  1. Bangkok
  • Various studios in Bangkok such as Moon Star Studio, Montri Studio, etc.
  • Markets and street food areas such as the Jod Fair market are popular with film crews from Japan and South Korea.
  • Small Market, Samphanthawong District.
  • Mahanakhon Skywalk – King Power Mahanakhon, a 360-degree indoor view on the 74th and 75th floors, is popular with film crews from Japan and South Korea.
  1. Phuket Province
  • Phuket Old Town is popular with foreign film crews.
  • Paradise Beach, Kathu District is a small beach next to Tri Trang Beach, about five minutes and not far from Patong Beach. Just less than an eight-minute drive from Patong Beach is a world-class filming location.
  • Sirinat National Park, Thalang District, is a marine national park on the northwest coast of Phuket Island. It boasts natural maritime pine forests, a pristine white sand beach, beautiful coral reefs and sea turtle nesting areas.
  1. Samut Prakan Province
  • Suvarnabhumi International Airport is a popular location for movies.
  • Studio Park Bang Bo is a favorite studio of foreign film groups. It has a big studio and got world standards. Every year, foreign film companies hire studios to shoot commercials, films or world series.
  • Assumption University Bangna is popular for shooting music videos by production teams from India. It has beautiful, modern architecture.
  • The replica of the Samut Prakan Ancient City Museum is used for filming documentaries and TV shows, including world-famous movie series such as SWAT.
  1. Chiang Mai Province
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Ratchaworawihan, Chiang Mai’s priceless temple has been used for documentaries, films and television programs.
  • Old Chang Moi Road is a street with many local crafts, where works of rattan, weaving, cloth and embroidery can be found. It is popular among Korean and Japanese directors.
  • Mae Sa Elephant Camp, one of the first elephant camps in Chiang Mai, has been open for more than 30 years and is popular with foreign film crews, especially from India.
  1. Phang Nga Province
  • Panyee Island, a famous fishing village island, is used quite often by documentary makers.
  • Ao Phang Nga National Park is the location of “Khao Tapu” or “James Bond Island”. This is another location used quite often by documentary filmmakers. TV programs such as ‘Koh Hong’, ‘Tham Lod’ and ‘Koh Lawa Yai’ have been filmed here.
  • Khao Pi Lai Beach is the famous accommodation point in Phang Nga province and is a beautiful sunset point.

Thailand remains a popular filming location for foreign producers due to its diverse geography, historical sites, natural beauty and rich culture, as well as government incentives.

Thailand Film Office reports record year for Thai film industry |  News from Thaiger

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