Global Film Commission Network Summit

AFCI's Global Film Commission Network Summit

Inspiring new strategies in film production & location!

The inaugural AFCI’s summit will focus on inspiring pioneering strategies in film production and location through a curated panel series on the importance of collaboration.

For their Cannes debut, the AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International) will host the Global Film Commission Network Summit on the Main Stage to highlight the crucial role of strategic site selection and production techniques in today’s film landscape. The summit will offer an in-depth exploration of location-based authenticity, challenges prevailing stereotypes, and advancements in screen sector development and cultural inclusivity.

This is the first time the Marché du Film is set to present a wealth of curated content on these subjects, underscoring their rising prominence in the industry dialogue. Attendees will uncover new global production opportunities to enhance their storytelling capabilities.

📆 AFCI’s Global Film Commission Network Summit will be held on Sunday, 19 May | 10:00-13:00 (Main Stage)

We are proud AFCI will play a significant role at the Marché du Film – Festival De Cannes this year to put a spotlight on the vital role film commissioners play within the production industry. Our expanded presence at Cannes underscores AFCI’s important role in the global screen sector.

— Jaclyn Philpott, AFCI Executive Director


The rise of film location importance is a growing topic and becoming a key focus within our industry. Our collaboration with AFCI, starting with this year’s summit, is the start of a growing partnership. As film commissions become increasingly crucial to getting productions off the ground, we look forward to supporting AFCI’s future ventures and encouraging this dialogue and growth at future market editions.

— Guillaume Esmiol, Executive Director of the Marché du Film Director

Global Film Commission Network Summit

This year’s summit will be introduced by Jaclyn Philpott, Executive Director of AFCI and followed by panels on the following topics :

  • AFCI and Olsberg SPI Presentation: Preview of Forthcoming Report — Best Practices in Screen Sector Development 2024
    Olsberg•SPI’s Managing Director will present key findings from the upcoming report, highlighting key areas of best practice that enable markets to develop their screen sectors, maximise their share of high-value screen production activity, and adapt to the changing screen landscape.

  • Setting the Scene: “The Zone of Interest”
    Producers of the 2023 Palm d’Or and 2024 Oscar-winning movie discuss the purpose, value and opportunities that arose from shooting the film in Poland.
  • Indigenous Storytelling: The Importance of Authenticity
    Film commissions, producers and leaders from Indigenous institutes discuss the importance of accurate representation in front of and behind the camera.
  • Dispelling Location Stereotypes: Switzerland
    Tourism has promoted Switzerland’s beautiful snow-capped mountains and idyllic towns so effectively that many producers do not consider the region has a bounty of locations and opportunities to offer. Film commissioners and producers dispel the stereotype by highlighting the locations and infrastructure of the region.

Introducing AFCI’s Partner — Higginbotham

AFCI is pleased to have partnered with Higginbotham, a Los Angeles-based insurance and financial solutions company that is the Presentation Sponsor of the AFCI Summit.

Higginbotham’s entertainment practice team brings over a half-century of worldwide expertise serving every aspect of the industry, from feature films, television, commercial production, documentaries and animation to VFX, gaming and new media. The firm supplements coverage with year-round loss control, risk management technology and claims advocacy from in-house professionals.