All the best, Sven & Christian
100% FILM-FRIENDLY AMSTERDAM, BRUSSELS, LUXEMBOURG
Why Thailand? It is one of the most film-friendly countries in the world!
From classic films like ‘The Deer Hunter’ and ‘The Killing Fields’ to blockbuster hits like ‘The Hangover – Part II’, Thailand has proven itself time and again as a favourite location for international filmmakers. Directors such as Werner Herzog, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, Wong Kar-Wai, Luc Besson, Michael Cimino and George Lucas have created some of their best works in Thailand. Whether scenes like jungle wars, beach paradises, rural life in breathtaking mountain scenery or even hectic city life, Thailand can provide the backdrop to bring a filmmaker’s vision to life.
But Thailand is much more than just a beautiful place. Equally important for a film or commercial production is to find an international level of crew, stage, props and equipment. Whether your production requires the latest digital cameras, large lighting equipment, drone cinematography or state-of-the-art post-production facilities, Thai companies have invested in modern technology. Thai crews are legendary for their speed, cost efficiency and willingness to cooperate. Most important, however, is their experience. A producer filming in Thailand can be sure that he can expect an infrastructure and a production environment that has developed and refined its skills over many years and can adapt to the working methods and creative styles of international filmmakers.
More and more filmmakers are coming to Thailand for studio work, green screen scenes and post production. Thailand is the perfect balance between quality and value.
The Thailand Film Office is the body appointed by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism to oversee international film production in Thailand and help filmmakers find the right local services and make the best of their time in Thailand.
See for yourself why Thailand has the reputation of being one of the most film-friendly countries in the world.
TOP ADVANTAGES THAILAND
FILMING PERMIT AND WORK PERMIT
For shooting in Thailand you need a general filming permit and a locally registered coordinator. yolo films takes care of that for you! For productions under 15 shooting days, such as commercials, there are accelerated approval procedures.
TIP: Thailand has very strict laws when it comes to defaming its cultural heritage or national institutions, so it is advisable to avoid this in the script, otherwise there is a risk that the application will be rejected. In Thailand, the A.T.A. Carnet Act applies. This means that the temporary import of professional equipment is exempt from import tax. In addition, Thailand has entered into double taxation agreements with many other countries. Crews who intend to work in Thailand for a maximum period of 15 days can do so with a tourist visa. Only crews who work longer than 15 days must have a multiple visa.
DO’s & DON’ts
Technology makes it easier and faster than ever for people living in different parts of the world to communicate with each other. This has created new opportunities to interact with people of different faiths and cultures. For a better understanding, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence, the Ministry of Culture would like to present a short guide on certain aspects of Thai culture:
(A) with the approval of the governmental authorities; and
(B) for commercial purposes, with the consent of the government in accordance with the laws governing the national flag.
we are more than happy to announce the launch of our business in the Asian and European market!
yolo films is a specialist in film production and servicing based in Germany. The company, founded by Christian Pannrucker and Sven Lehmann in 2017 offers the full range of production services to advertising agencies, brands and worldwide production companies. Operating for businesses on a global scale, yolo films is specifically focused on creating synergies between the European and Asian markets. Our team’s functional expertise and experience across the European and Asian Markets will ensure clients receive a productive and efficient service, informed by a deep understanding of the mode of operation and cultural differences in the respective markets. Furthermore, in the near future, yolo films will have access to public film funding and private content investment funds.
“The Asian influence on European content productions and vice versa will increase significantly over the next few years. In the German-speaking part of Europe, entrepreneurs and creatives from China, South Korea, Japan and India find perfect conditions and resources to realize projects in film, TV and advertising. Asia is set to become the largest sales market for content and consumer goods with Europe as its most important partner. yolo films enables companies in both regions to launch joint content projects”, says Christian Pannrucker, founder of yolo films.
“The added value for our customers is rooted in the huge talent we have in Central Europe, fiscal transparency and western film production management. This skill set and the close ties with our partners enable us to provide the highest standards for various types of motion picture production”,adds Managing Director & Partner Sven Lehmann.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Christian Pannrucker founded yolo films in 2017. Christian has many years of experience with feature films, commercials and television shoots. Furthermore, he has demonstrated a great ability with fixing, associate producing, line producing, location managing and scouting. Born to a Luxembourgish mother and a German father, Christian spent his formative years at Kölner Filmhaus and in the TV industry, before pursuing a career that led him across Europe and Asia.
Sven Lehmann, co-founder of yolo films, is an experienced producer involved in more than 100 commercial works. In 2010, Sven founded his first company SPOTUNION, a specialist in motion picture production based in Düsseldorf. Prior to this, Sven gained extensive production experience as executive producer with NEWCAST. Until 2004, as product manager at RTL Creation, Sven was responsible for client relations, project development and management. Find out more here.
Dear friends and partners,
we hope you’ve had a good first quarter in 2018, just like us!
If you are planning projects in Europe, we have a goodie for you: In this edition of our newsletter, we are taking a look at the Benelux countries Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. We want to share the region’s beauty with you and spotlight its diversity as well as the enormous amount of locations the Benelux capital cities have to offer. Last but not least: You can benefit from cost-effective production, considerable film incentives and experienced bilingual technicians there. For further information, don’t hesitate to contact us – via e-mail, Instagram or LinkedIn. We are looking forward to working with you!
All the best, Sven & Christian
100% FILM-FRIENDLY AMSTERDAM, BRUSSELS, LUXEMBOURG
Amsterdam is a stronghold in production and one of the most photogenic cities in the world, combining the beauty of its channels and traditional buildings with elements of modern architecture. Whoever comes to Amsterdam is blown by the city’s ageless and creative flair. Amsterdam is the perfect setting for love stories and at the same time has great potential to host your spy thriller. Shooting in Amsterdam: yolo films is happy to be your partner in providing a quick client service and support to your production in the Dutch capital. We offer our expertise with permits, locations, crew and equipment. Another big PLUS: The Netherlands Film Production Incentive offers a 30% cash rebate for eligible expenditure in the Netherlands.
There are many reasons for the rise of Brussels as an international shooting hub, especially since the Belgian capital is situated in the heart of Europe, just 80 minutes from Paris and two hours by Eurostar from London. Then there’s the massive diversity in its streets, stunning urban places, from its medieval fronting to Art Nouveau interiors and ultra-modern cityscapes. Shooting in Brussels: yolo films provides a massive network of specialized, multilingual service providers based in Brussels, who offer support at all production phases, pre- and post-production included.
The City of Luxembourg is characterized by a real mix of styles. Between remnants of the past and contemporary architecture, the capital’s identity is marked by contrasts. Considering its small size, the country offers a high diversity of locations and everything is close by. Shooting in Luxembourg: Luxembourg’s locations are popular for their diversity. Very often, foreign directors are astonished about the manifoldness of the outdoor spots available. yolo films can draw on a crew of about 800 people in Luxembourg. It’s a film-friendly nation with a good infrastructure and modern film studios such as the Filmland.
YOLO FILMS IN A NUTSHELL
yolo films is a dynamic production company operating in Europe. With a network of partners in the regions, we’re up to efficiently support international productions locally. We offer cost-effective full production services for feature films, commercials and television. We bring more than two decades of vaste experience and expertise bringing in the highest production values. Speaking fluent English, French, German and Chinese, we are your ideal entertainment content partner who will respond to requests fast and effectively.