Showcasing hundreds of film commissions from around the world, the AFCI Locations Show marks its return to Los Angeles from June 27–29 at the LA Convention Center.
The much-anticipated conference returns to LA for its 28th year amid reports indicating that global spending on media and entertainment will reach record heights over the next five years.
Recognizing the changing environment in media production, a portion of this year's Locations Show conference programming will focus on the impact of technology on global film production, with speakers expected to address issues including the rapid growth of digital distribution channels, such as Netflix and YouTube, and the emergence of cloud computing as a tool for production.
"Producers are responding to this rapidly changing environment by creating new types of content with a whole new set of production tools," said AFCI Executive Director Kevin Clark. "Film commissions are also looking to innovate and provide services to support all types of content. Our goal is to help our members, as well as show attendees, understand how these changes will impact location filming in the future."
Clark sees the issues of technology and location filming as closely intertwined. "While these technological changes are having a major impact on the industry, producers still want to find locations that support effective storytelling and do it in a cost-effective way," continued Clark.
Film incentives will also be a major focus at the Show. In addition to panel discussions on the topic, the Show floor will be home to hundreds of film offices from around the world that will be touting the significant incentives offered to attract and retain film, television and commercial production.
"The floor of the Locations Show is still the only place in the world where industry professionals can gather under one roof to get specific information on incentives right from the source," said AFCI President George David (Royal Film Commission – Jordan).
"Nearly every film, television, or commercial shot on location will be touched at some level by government," added David. "It may come from a healthy tax incentive that delivers critical financing, a hot-button political issue that impacts creative, or a complex local bureaucracy that challenges even the most seasoned location professional. Our show offers a one-stop shop to get producers all the information they need to make any type of project a reality."
The Show runs from Thursday, June 27 – Saturday, June 29. Admission is free, but registration is required.