Tourism Dept pushes for Thailand to become international film destination

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The Tourism Department will organize the Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2019 (TIFDF 2019) from March 25th to April 2nd.

Since 2013, the annual event has been a vital force in promoting Thailand as a prime location for shooting international films and helped to generate income for the Kingdom. It has also drawn foreign tourists to the country’s famous attractions being featured in these films.

The department’s data shows that a total of 714 films were shot in Thailand last year, generating 3.1 billion baht in revenue. The Thai government’s policy to attract international filmmakers through various incentives have also contributed to the figure.

According to Director-General of the Tourism Department Anan Wongbenjarat, the 7th Thailand International Film Destination Festival will feature a competition on short films in Thailand being held under the concept “Beyond Destination Thailand.” He explained that these films had been shot in secondary destinations, which is part of the government’s policy to promote 55 lesser-known provinces.

The result of the short film competition will be announced on April 2nd. Free viewing of international films being shot in Thailand will be held from March 27th to 31st at Siam Paragon Cineplex.