Does the U.S. Need a Film Commission?

With the rising significance of the global marketplace in the film industry, screenwriter Hoyt Hilsman believes the time has come for a national film commission in the United States.

In a post on the blog Cultural Weekly, Hilsman refers to Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board as crucial to the global presence of Canadian film:

These agencies of the Canadian government not only assist filmmakers in the production of their films, but also help global marketing, distribution and promotion of Canadian films in general.  The result has been a boon for Canadian filmmakers and an important source of revenue for Canada….Since national film commissions are pretty inexpensive to operate and can reap huge economic benefits for a country, virtually every developed nation, and many in the developing world, operate these commissions.  However, there is one nation – the only one in the Western world – that does not have a national film commission.  Guess who?  The United States.

Whereas the National Film Board is a federal agency and Telefilm Canada is a Crown Corporation, Hilsman proposes a U.S. film commission based on a public-private partnership model.

The full text of Hilsman’s article is available here.