Film Commission Fundamentals is the first course in the AFCI Certified Film Commissioners program. After taking this course, you will be able to discuss and identify:
Qualities of an effective film commission
Fundamentals of film and media production
Rules of engagement with clients
Basic economic impact issues
This course is broken down into six segments. Within each segment you will find activities designed to not only test your knowledge on the chapter’s content, but apply that knowledge to your own position. Submission of the completed activities is required in order to pass this course. Upon the successful passing of the course, you will receive an AFCI authorized Certificate of Completion.
Skill levelAll level
Chapter One: The Role of the Film Commission 0/8
Film Commission Fundamentals and subsequent AFCI courses are meant to give you a broad knowledge of film commission work for the production industry as a whole, as well as the skills needed to be successful in the field. It is important to note that film commissions vary greatly throughout the world. Not all tasks described in this course will directly apply to work you will be performing in your film commission. For example, a regional film office where provincial and federal film commissions also exist may not manage financial incentives, gather the highest level of statistics or deal with major studios. Properly setting expectations for your office and determining tasks and duties is in direct correlation to your success.
In Chapter One, you determined what type of film commission/office you will be and where your film office will fall in the overall hierarchy of your region. You’ve begun to align your office’s needs and wishes with those of your community, as defined by your governing body. Simultaneously, you are taking stock of your unique list of stakeholders such as: your governing body, local community, local crew and businesses and your funders, who may be the same as those mentioned above. If you have not already done so, you will now need to define the specific goals of your film office and its overall mission. Defining and refining an achievable, realistic mission is key to your office’s long-term success.
Marketing/Advertising Activity: Your Commission’s Website 3 days
Chapter Three: The Entertainment Industry and the Stages of Production 0/10
Film commissions work directly with diverse members of the entertainment industry. In this chapter we'll discover the different facets of th entertainment industry as well as review five key stages of productions.
This chapter contains the following sections: Your Jurisdiction is Chosen, Permits, Waivers and Insurance, Parking & Traffic, Business and Residential Disruptions, Production Issues and Tips on Set Visits
How Would You Handle It: John Johnson Example 3 days
Chapter Six: Film Commissions And Economic Impact 0/7
In order to comply with the requirements of jurisdictions, legislators and governmental entities, film commissions are often called upon to gather statistical data and produce financial impact statements. It is important that everyone understand the basics of creating a budget and economic impact reporting in order to demonstrate the financial effects that the industry is having on the jurisdiction and the return on investment (ROI).