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Do I need to get a permission before shooting in Thailand?
Yes, you do. Shooting without a permit is violation of the law..

 

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Which organization grants a shooting permit?
The Thailand Film Office. Please do not confuse us with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

 

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How do I start?
Film makers wishing to shoot a film in Thailand are required to
hire a Thai coordinator to help, as there are procedures
to follow both before and after the filming permit is granted.
They also help in obtaining local permissions and in contacting
Thai authoritiesand local Thai crews concerned
with your production.

 

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What else does the coordinator do?
The coordinator carries out such transactions as helping the foreign film crew to
obtain work permits, giving you advice on tax payment, and general production support.

 

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How do I find a coordinator?
Thailand Film Office has a full list of coordinators. Some coordinators
specialize in serving Japanese/Korean/Indian clients, and some have experience working with
American or European film makers – please check carefully which coordinator best suits your needs.
By law, Freelance coordinators are permitted to work for a production not exceeding 15 days.
Their qualifications are not suitable for a
big production e.g. Feature Films, TV series, Docudramas or fiction. For both parties’ benefit,
an agreement letter between both parties must be done.
You can find a list of local coordinators that are registered with
the Thailand Film Office at www.thailandfilmoffice.org.

 

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What types of film shoots can be submitted at the One-Stop-Service Center?
TV commercials, Documentaries, Music Videos and TV programmes that do
not contain any negative content or adverse action towards the Kingdom of
Thailand can apply for permission to shoot at the One-Stop-Service Center.

 

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What documents do I have to submit at the One-Stop-Service Center?
Required documents are as follows (original and 6 copies of each):
1. A letter made by the assigned local coordinator,
informing the Director-General of the Office of Tourism Development
of the purpose of applying for a shooting permit.
2. An assignment letter made by the foreign filmmaker, showing they have
chosen and hired a local coordinator.
3. An application form.
4. Supporting documents needed for permit consideration :
- Storyboard for TV commercials
- Treatment for documentaries
- Theme (concept) and lyrics for music videos
- Details of content and objectives of programme presentation for TV programmes.
5. A schedule of filming in Thailand specifying exact dates and locations.
(for all types of productions)
6. Name list, passport numbers, positions and arrival dates of foreign film crew.

 

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How long does it takes to receive permission at the One-Stop-Service Center?
The process will be completed within 3 working days.

 

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Where can permission for other types of productions be submitted?
For Feature Films , Docudramas, TV dramas and Mini Series, application for shooting permits should be submitted at the
Thailand Film Office 4th floor, Building 2, Office of Tourism Development.

 

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What documents are required to be submitted?
Required documents are as follows (original and 25 copies of each):
1. A letter made by the assigned local coordinator,
informing the Director-General of the Office of Tourism Development
of the purpose of applying for a shooting permit.
2. An assignment letter made by the foreign filmmaker, showing they have
chosen and hired a local coordinator.
3. An application form.
4. Supporting documents needed for permit consideration :
- Synopsis
- Treatment
- Full script
5. A schedule of filming in Thailand specifying exact dates and locations.
6. Name list, passport numbers, positions and arrival dates of foreign film crew.

 

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How long will it take to get approval?
For Feature Films, TV series, Docudramas, or any fictional stories: Allow no
less than 14 working days for the Thailand Film Office to consider the script.
NOTE : Depending on the requirements of the script i.e. those that may involve national parks,
temples and so on: The period for approval may take slightly longer
as the Film Office has to arrange for other government departments concerned to view the script as well.

 

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How do I know if my film will be granted permission to shoot?
Permission will be issued after we have studied your script. If it is not acceptable,
the Film Office will inform you of the reasons. Whether you agree to make
changes to your script for resubmission is up to each film maker.

 

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Are there any restrictions?
When shooting in Thailand, it is advisable that you do not have anything in the
script that offends Thailand’s national institutions, religion, customs and
culture. The film must not be deemed as threat to security. Finally, shooting
must not cause any significant effect/damage to the environment.

 

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What is the process to film in such places as the National Parks, Historical
Parks, Grand Palace, or temples?
You must first obtain permission to film from the Film Office. Then your
local coordinator can proceed to contact the related locations with filming
permission (permit) in hand.

 

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Are there any fees for the filming permit ?
No, there are no fees for the filming permit.

 

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Are there any other expenses?
Yes there are. Once the permit is granted, a representative from The Thailand Film Office
is required to attend the shoot. A per diem for the representative is
2,000 Baht per day and is covered by the production company. Should the official need
to travel outside of Bangkok for the film shoot, then air fares, accommodations and meals
need to be provided for the official; this cost also must be provided by the production company.

For Documentaries, Commercial Advertisements, and Music VDOs, the film crew will be
accompanied by one representative. For Feature Films, Docudramas and TV series,
the Thailand Film Office will assign one representative to accompany each shooting unit. If the shoot is
more than 10 hours a day, there will be two representatives per unit.

 

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How do I need to pay for location fee?
Location fees and other production matters should be discussed with the
appointed local coordinator. This is why it is essential to appoint an experienced
coordinator. The local coordinator will deal with production issues.

 

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What is the duty of Thai Film Board’s representative?
The duty of Thai Film Board’s representative is to make sure that what is actually
being shot has followed the script that has been previously
approved. Should scenes vary from the script the representative is there to advise
as to whether it is possible to shoot those scenes or not. Also,
having Film Office official on set helps to handle any problems should they arise.

 

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What kind of visa do we need ?
Crews intending to work in Thailand for a period not exceeding 15 days can do so under a tourist visa.
Only crews working more than 15 days must have a non-immigrant multiple type visa.

 

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Do short stay crews need work permits ?
Yes, they need to have them. Both types of crew require work permits.
Crews working within 15 days will need a form notifying the Employment Department
whereas crews staying over 15 days will need to submit more detailed documents, your local
coordinator can help you with this.

 

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Is there a fee for the work permit?
Yes there is a fee but only for crews working more than 15 days. The fee rate is
based on the working period. The minimum fee rate is 750 Baht for working
within 3 months. A fee of 1,500 Baht is for a period of 6 months. A fee of
3,000 Baht is valid for over 6 months but not longer than 1 year.

 

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Does the crew have to apply and collect the work permit at the Employment
Department themselves?
No, the coordinator can organize the work permits for the crews.

 

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I received approval from the Thailand Film Office and I showed the permission
letter to some locations but I didn’t get a permit to film in those places.
What should I do?
The film permission enables you to film in Thailand – but you have to negotiate
each location yourself or with your local coordinator. The owners of the
locations will need to know that you have filming permission in hand.

 

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I have not done an ATA CARNET for equipment.
Can I bring in and out equipment without ATA CARNET?
Yes, if you don’t have ATA CARNET you must prepare cash or bank
guarantee - Thai Bank guarantees only are accepted to guarantee your equipment. The
amount of cash or bank guarantee is based on the value of the equipment.

 

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