Action movie Triple Threat and comedy drama Change land have become the first international productions to benefit from Thailand’s filming incentive support.
By Nick Goundry
International co-production Triple Threat features action stars Tiger Chen, Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais. Changeland marks the feature directorial debut of US actor Seth Green, best known for his TV comedy work.
Vicky Jewson’s movie Close, following a close protection officer played by Noomi Rapace, was originally set to become the first production to qualify for the filming incentive, but ultimately did not receive any support, according to a Variety report.
“Coordinating with other government departments and ministries before launching the incentive measures, we took a great deal of time to ensure that our incentives are rock-solid,” said Worateera Suvarnsorn, director of the Thailand Film Office, in comments to Variety.
“We are delighted that the process went smoothly for the first two productions. We had encountered some scepticism from producers. Is there a catch? Is the audit going to be too demanding? Will the funds actually be available when due?”
The Thai government launched a base 15% filming incentive at the beginning of last year.
Top location managers have previously told KFTV that they consider Thailand to be the production hub of south-east Asia, especially for projects budgeted below $20m.
The main limitation of the country’s filming incentive is that its per-production cap sits at just over $1m, which is a major restriction for big-budget producers.
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