LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) today announced the launch of its Industry Partnership Program, which encourages information sharing and connections between AFCI and other organizations committed to facilitating economic development and diversity in the screen industry.
For AFCI members, the new Program enables even remote locales to connect directly with the global production community. For industry partners, it provides a platform to learn about new and diverse production resources.
Industry partners are encouraged to promote use of AFCI's Global Production Tool – a first-of-its-kind resource to help screen sector professionals think beyond the obvious, well-known choices when it comes to selecting production locales. It enables producers to share their needs (e.g., locations, infrastructure, talent, incentives, etc.) with AFCI members on six continents.
Launch partners for the Industry Partnership Program are global crew/production support database Crewvie.com and Screen Producers Australia. Each will work with AFCI to cross-promote services to their respective members via online and offline media channels and events.
"Our goal for AFCI's Industry Partnership Program is to support global production and promote diversity and inclusion in the storytelling process," said AFCI President Jess Conoplia. "We're proud to launch with partners like Crewvie.com and Screen Producers Australia that share our goals, and we're excited to be in active discussions with other potential partners across multiple continents."
"Crewvie's mission is to build a more balanced industry by sharing information and encouraging new connections," said Crewvie Co-Creator Marcei Brown. "We are thrilled to partner with AFCI and work together to expand production networks around the world."
Screen Producers Australia CEO Matthew Deaner added, "In an increasingly global content marketplace, we are excited to partner with AFCI to help broaden the international reach of Australian stories and to showcase the world-class locations and crew Australia has to offer. Fostering a diverse and sustainable local production sector is a core part of SPA's ethos."
The Industry Partnership Program is part of AFCI's strategic plan to work with organizations that can help its film commission members pursue best practices and fulfill their economic development mission. Its launch follows AFCI's release of the first global research report on "Best Practice In Screen Sector Development," as well as recent collaborations with global organizations such as the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI). More information about AFCI's Industry Partnership Program is available at https://afci.org/partners/.
Founded in 1975, the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) is the only global non-profit professional organization representing city, state, regional, provincial and national film commission members on six continents. An Affiliate Membership program enables production companies and businesses servicing the production community to also be a part of the organization. AFCI provides advocacy, connectivity and education necessary for film commissions and businesses in the screen sector to foster economic growth, promote infrastructure development and provide essential tools for professional development in a fair, sustainable and socially diverse manner. AFCI produces two signature events each year – AFCI Week and Cineposium. This year's 3rd Annual AFCI Week will be held in Los Angeles June 22 – 26, while the 44th Annual Cineposium will be held in Buffalo Niagara September 15 – 19. AFCI is based in Los Angeles. For more information, visit AFCI.org.
Creview.com is a worldwide application database for sharing and sourcing qualified film/TV crew and production support. It streamlines search and tracking to help productions achieve team diversity goals. Data can be tracked across various inclusionary targets. Crew and production support members can join Crewvie for free to claim and personalize their profile. More information at Crewvie.com.
About Screen Producers Australia
Screen Producers Australia (SPA) was formed by the screen industry to represent large and small enterprises (currently over 500) across a diverse production slate of feature film, television and interactive content nationwide. Members employ hundreds of producers and thousands of related practitioners and drive more than $1.2 billion worth of annual production activity. On behalf of these businesses, Screen Producers Australia is focused on delivering a healthy commercial environment through ongoing engagement with elements of the labour force, including directors, writers, actors and crew, as well as with broadcasters, distributors and government in all its forms. SPA's annual SCREEN FOREVER Conference (November 17 – 19 at the Gold Coast) is Australia's premiere event for screen industry professionals. More information at screenproducers.org.au/.
(323) 851-2300 x112
SOURCE Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI)