JFC holds first meeting

New body aims to be one-stop resource for filmmakers

TOKYO– The newly formed Japan Film Commission, created as a one-stop information and service provider for filmmakers shooting in Japan, held its inaugural meeting in Tokyo Thursday.

Bringing together over 100 domestic film commissions, as well as industry groups, such as the Directors Guild of Japan, the JFC is backed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

It aims to help filmmakers with locations, local productions companies, shooting permits and information on incentives from local governments and commissions.

The JFC will be headed up by Ken Terawaki, a former government bureaucrat who is currently a film critic and a professor at Kyoto University of art and design.

Before the official inauguration, the JFC had already attended the AFCI Locations Trade Show in Santa Monica earlier this month.