The Mongolian National Film Council (MNFC) is set to welcome several major production studios - including Warner Bros., HBO, Discovery, Viacom, and Netflix - to learn about the country's film industry.
As reported by PRNewswire from an announcement by the MNFC, the tour will take place between 14-19 September 2022, with additional studios and participants to be announced in the coming weeks.
Confirmed participants are Warner Bros.' Jay Rosenwink (senior vice president); Discovery's Carrie Regan (vice president of global content production) and HBO's Krutin Patel (production manager, HBO/HBO Max, a Warner Bros. Discovery Company). Also in attendance are Viacom's Carlos Lugo (vice president of production, Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios; and Netflix's Songlee Lee (production management manager of Netflix Korea).
Led by Minister Chinbat, the fam tour agenda will include meetings with government officials and the MNFC staff, along with a tour of Mongolia's capital city of Ulaanbaatar, its production facilities as well as a culture programme and visits to the Mongolian countryside.
The studio heads will also meet with local Mongolian executives, award-winning artists, and production companies such as: Cineplus, Nomadia Pictures, Hulegu Pictures, Guru Media, Fantastic Production, B Production, U Film, and Hero Entertainment.
The Mongolian government has recently provided programmes to support and encourage both domestic and global film producers who base their projects in the country. Global producers can apply for incentives of up to 45% in cash rebates (30% location incentive, 10% cultural incentive and 5% foreign talent reimbursement).
Minister Chinbat said: “Mongolia has so much to offer in terms of unique natural beauty and the large urban city of Ulaanbaatar which employs many talented film professionals and modern production facilities. We are pleased to welcome some of the world's top studios to our country to highlight our very generous film rebates and showcase how Mongolia is open for international business and investment.“
Over the last five years, the Mongolian film industry has averaged 80 studio productions - employing hundreds of film industry employees. The country now hosts multiple screening venues with 40 new films released per year, 17 of which were during the COVID-19 pandemic.