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Thailand, Korea wooing Tollywood

September 30, 2015

Of late, a lot of Bengali films are being shot in foreign locates. Countries like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea have been the preferred destinations. Now, the countries themselves are coming up with incentives for Tollywood film-makers.

Early September, the Indian International Film Tourism Conclave had brought together teams from Thailand and South Korea at its 13th round table event. Representatives from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Korea Tourism Organisation had attended the event.

TAT director, Runjan Tongrut appreciated the fact that a large number of Bengali films have been shot there. Traditionally, places like Bangkok, Pattaya, Krabi, Kanchanaburi and Phuket have been the favourite haunts. TAT is now out promoting newer places like Chaing Mai, Trang, Hua Hui, Koh Samui, Rayong and Ko Chang.

TAT representatives said that among facilities offered by the government of Thailand are group visas, group travel facilities, and discounts and other incentives depending on the size of the group. There are film shooting agencies which specialise in booking packages for film-making teams. Some provide vehicles and sound and light arrangements as well.

South Korea is also busy wooing Tollywood. Among other facilities, the South Korean government’s Korean Film Council (KOFIC) is providing 30% cash grants for shooting in the country with a minimum investment of $100,000.

The chairman of the Korea Tourism Organisation, Byung Sun Lee showcased a promotional video. Facts like the Seoul film commission offering 25% off on expenditure of over $100,000 and the Busan film commission offering production teams free of cost as well as location scouting and car rental for 30 days are being actively promoted.

Feature image: bengalimovie.in

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