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About Okinawa Film Office

“Okinawa Film Office (Below, “OFO”)” is a film commission operated by the Okinawa Tourism Convention Bureau. Since its establishment in FY 2002, it provides support related to shooting films, such as information on filming areas and approval applications, cooperating with screening events etc. As for assistance for shooting for domestic filmmakers it specializes in movies and TV dramas, while, for overseas creators, it provides general assistance across the board.

FAQ about filming locations
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I would like to register as a filming location, can you help me?

Contact us through the form in the FAQ section of the OFO website.

  *All areas of Okinawa, including isolated islands, covered
About Filming Support

FAQ about filming assistance (General)

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Do you provide assistance for all kinds of film productions?

For domestic filmmakers, we mainly provide assistance for movies and TV dramas. The private organization “Location Fixer’s Guild of Okinawa (FGO)” helps for projects other than these. As for overseas filmmakers, we support any kind of product, including but not limited to movies and TV dramas.

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Are there some works you cannot support in light of their content?

The OFO, as a Film Commission, will take into consideration all works shot in Okinawa. However, we cannot support works whose content goes against public decency or that promote specific political or religious views.

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There is no time until the shooting, can I still ask for assistance?

The rule is that the request for assistance should be made at least two weeks before shooting. If there are less than two weeks of time, please try discussing the situation with us.

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I want to shoot on an island separated from the main island, can I still get your assistance?

Yes. It will help the shooting go more smoothly if you acquire information from the tourism association of the location you wish to shoot in, other than from the OFO.

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Will you accompany us on location hunting and shooting?

We will accompany you as much as possible. When doing so, we will coordinate with offices and facilities and help communication with the people at the shooting location, according to the necessities of the current situation, and witnessing the filming itself. We will also make sure that everything has been returned to its original condition after shooting is done.

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Do you act as a proxy for requesting permissions for shooting?

We do not act as a proxy, but we will help coordinate and acquire information from the entity to which the request must be presented.

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Do you help with recruiting extras?

We do not recruit extras, but we send information through SNS such as Facebook. In that case, we will need you to provide request form including the date and detailed conditions. We will send the request form after receiving contact through phone or email.

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Could you show us some interesting or peculiar people from Okinawa?

The OFO does not provide introductions for individuals. We also do not assist with research commissions.



FAQ about filming assistance(Coordinator)

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Is it impossible to shoot without a coordinator inside Okinawa?

By having a coordinator residing in Okinawa, you can smoothly make adjustments with local administrative officials, local residents, city halls, etc. Also, people in the area where shooting is done can recognize that it is a regular shooting (i.e. not an unauthorized guerrilla shooting etc) because there is a local coordinator in the prefecture, so shooting can proceed smoothly.

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What problems can occur without a coordinator in Okinawa?

There is a possibility of some of the following problems happening.

Example 1: As proceedings for shooting are different compared to outside Okinawa, authorizations for shooting and adjustments with the local may be difficult.

Example 2: Without a local coordinator, the shooting may be wrongly seen as unauthorized, which could cause problems with the renting of equipment.

Example 3: When looking for people, the coordinator’s personal connection often come in handy, so it may be difficult to arrange for personal interviews without one.

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What is the difference in the content handled by the OFO and a coordinator?

The OFO, as a film commission, provides information on shooting locations and authorizations, lodging, catering, equipment, and rental cars, but does not act as a proxy in filling applications and making arrangements. A coordinator finds locations, makes appointments, fills in applications, manages the budget and schedule, and makes arrangements during the shooting.



FAQ about filming assistance FAQ(Application)

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Where can I download the application form for requesting OFO assistance?

Please download it from the following URL:

https://filmoffice.ocvb.or.jp/creator/cre1/

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How much information about my work do I have to provide?

In principle, we request that you provide information about the finished (released or broadcast) work (title, details, and content of the assistance) at the moment of the request for assistance. This information is mainly released on the OFO website’s “Shooting assistance record” section. It may also be used in documentation provided to local entities and facilities.

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What should I do if I cannot fill in some fields of the application form because the details about shooting have not been decided yet?

Please fill in the information you have at the moment of application and contact us about anything else. In principle, however, assistance can only be provided after all the necessary documentation has been provided and received.

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Where can I confirm the contact information for each facility?

All of this information should be possible to find on the internet. If it is not available, you can contact us through mail or phone.

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Do you act as a proxy for requesting permissions for shooting?

We do not act as a proxy, but we will help coordinate and acquire information from the entity to which the request must be presented.

Other FAQ
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Can you arrange a location bus or film unit?

We do not advertise any specific company. Please look at the film business introduction page on the OFOwebsite.

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Can you tell me the usage fee of the shooting service provider?

Please contact the provider you are interested in from the introduction page on the website.

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Can you provide a picture of…?

The OFO does not collect film or photographs. For film or photographs of Okinawa, refer to the media library managed by the OCVB. (*Confirm the terms of use on the Okinawa Media Library website)

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How do I register as a film business?

Register from the “Film business registration” page on the OFO homepage.