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As part of the 13th Film Festival "Pacific Meridian" held a round table on the topic "Free port Vladivostok - new opportunities for the development of the film industry in the region, in cooperation with Asia Pacific countries." 

The roundtable was attended by President AFCNet OH Seokgeun, representatives of Vladivostok Film Commission Dmitry Shevtsov and Alexander Doluda, Vice-Governor of the Primorsky Region Sergey Nekhaev, Marina Ilyina - Deputy Head of the Department of Economy and Development Administration of Vladivostok, producer Andrey Rakunov.

Nowadays film commissions are an integral part of film industry all over the world. First and foremost, they are a link between filmmakers and regional authorities as well as between experts and various film-supporting agencies in a region. Attracting filmmakers to their regions, film commissions in many countries provide them not only with favorable conditions for work but also with special tax reliefs and other financial benefits. The main objective of film commissions all over the world is to promote their regions through developing film industry. Filmmaking results in direct investments into the economy of a region making it attractive for tourists.

Vladivostok Film Commission is the first organization of this kind founded on the territory of the Russian Federation, a regular member of Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet). It has participated in more than 20 film projects shot in Primorye. 

The Free Port status granted to Vladivostok opens up new opportunities for film industry development in the region, primarily in cooperation with filmmakers from the Pacific Rim countries. Good perspectives for film development can be provided by specific tax and customs regulations which will be introduced in Primorye within the frame of territories of priority development and the Free Port of Vladivostok.

  

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