Our Most Valued Friend
in the Far East."
- Steven Spielberg
Indiana Jones and
the Temple of Doom
In the Name of God's Poor
The Sleeping Dictionary
The Second Jungle Book
Tarzan the Apeman
Farewell To The King
The Iron Triangle
Bloodsport 2 & 3
Film Location Services Southeast Asia
The One-Stop Location Service to International Film Producers
Asian Film Location Services (Pvt) Ltd., was established by Chandran Rutnam in 1979. It was the first institution in Asia to provide a one-stop location service to international film producers. In 1980, Chandran invited Asoka Perera to be his partner.
The Company (AFLS) has serviced films throughout Asia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Seychelles, Philippines and the Maldive Islands. Today, in addition to films, the company provides support services to local and foreign Commercial and Documentary industries.
Approval of all the major completion bond companies
Chandran has produced several local films and participated in the co-production of many international films. The company has had the pleasure of working with all the major studios and numerous independent producers. The sound credibility of the company is illustrated by the approval of all the major completion bond companies in the world.
Director Steven Spielberg and Production
Supervisor Chandran Rutnam on location
in Sri Lanka during the filming of Indiana
Jones and The Temple of Doom.
Contact Chandran Rutnam at Asian Film Locations Services Pvt (Ltd)
Knowledge and Experience
Asian Film Location Services, with its knowledge and experience in the international film industry, is well aware of the requirements and priorities that are important for a production, from the recce and the preparation, to the production and wrap.
On Time and On Budget
This is our business. We sell EXPERIENCE, which will bring your Feature Film, Commercial or Documentary ON TIME and ON BUDGET.
George Lucas and Chandran Rutnam 1983
Chandran is a writer producer director in his own right and has directed three local films;
"Adara Kathawa," which was Sri Lanka's official entry to the International Film Festival of India and the Cairo Film Festival, "Witness to a Killing," which won a Sarasaviya Award and represented Sri Lanka at the International Tokyo Film Festival and the love story, "Promise."
In February of 2007, Chandran was presented with the Special Presidential Award for his contribution to the Sri Lankan film industry. In 2019 at The Asean International Film Festival (Aiffa 2019) held in Kuching, Chandran was honored for his many contributions to the Malaysian and Sarawak film industry throughout the years. Chandran has traveled the world, working and maintaining contacts and friendships with international film producers, directors, artists and technicians.
Ben Kingsley and Chandran Rutnam 2012
In 2018 Chandran produced and directed his International release, According To Matthew, A Taprobane Pictures Production In Association With Asian Film Location Services and Ceylon Theaters Limited.
In 2013 Chandran produced and directed his first International release, directing Ben Kingsley in A Common Man.
In 2009 Chandran produced and directed his adapted screenplay from Nihal De Silvas bestseller "The Road from Elephant Pass" which won the Gratien Prize for the best English language novel of the year 2003.
News and Events from Asian Film Location Services
2019 ASEAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS
At this year's Asean International Film Festival (Aiffa 2019) held in Kuching last week, Chandran Rutnam, of Asian Film Location Services, was honored for his many contributions to the Malaysian and Sarawak film industry throughout the years - a period spanning over 35 years of film and television. Chandran Rutnam has also led the Malaysian delegation to the Cannes Film Festival.
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Jacqueline Fernandez in According To Matthew
ASIAN FILM LOCATION SERVICES (PVT) LTD. is proud of its participation in:
According To Matthew
A Taprobane Pictures Production
In Association With Asian Film Location Services and Ceylon Theaters Limited
Shot entirely in Sri Lanka
International Release 2019
Starring Alston Koch and Jacqueline Fernandez.
A Common Man, Starring Academy Award® winning
'A Common Man' won big at the Madrid Film International Festival. The film, shot entirely in Sri Lanka with Asian Film Location Services, won
Best Director, Best Actor and Best Picture at the film festival on July 7th.
Ben Kingsley WINS Top 3 Awards at
2013 Madrid International Film Festival Awards
Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor
The movie stars actor Sir Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross.
The Madrid International Film Festival has, as its objective, the promotion of cinematographic art by presenting films of quality and entertainment.
The Madrid Festival is an annual event based in the city of Madrid in Spain, and draws in thousands of people from around the world.
The film has also won a bronze medal at the 'New York Festivals' International Television and Film Awards.
A Common Man is a production of Asia Digital Entertainment.
Covert Affairs, TV Series, USA Network
"Chandran, It was such a joy to be a part of the shoot there. How diverse and beautiful were all the locations that we had access to, because of you! Thanks again for your hospitality and for allowing us to have an amazing shoot!"
- Anna Schwaber, Location DOP
Covert Affairs - TV Series, USA Network
Chandran Rutnam and Steven Spielberg
Dec 10, 2009
The Road From Elephant Pass... to Beverly Hills
Chandran Rutnam, the Chairman of Asian Film Location Services, attended the Gala Dinner held on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, honoring the renowned director, Steven Spielberg, with America's Democratic Legacy Award.
ASIAN FILM LOCATION SERVICES | Malaysia
"Over the last decade, Chandran Rutnam, single-handedly brought the film business to Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Today, when foreign producers consider shooting in Asia, Rutnam is the first person they call."
- The Magazine for Film & Video Production
Bollywood film 'Victory' aimed at Cricket-mad South Asia
Colombo, Bollywood film "Victory", based on cricket and featuring many cricketing greats, is expected to do well in South Asia where the game is a passion and an obsession, says Sri Lankan producer Chandran Rutnam, who handled the Colombo leg of the shooting and is in-charge of marketing of the movie in Sri Lanka, told fans: "We hope to get the main market of the South Asian region, where cricket is a passion, obsession and a religion. "He said the film would be released all over the world with English subtitles. The film had its grand global premiere in Colombo Friday, a day before the second one-day encounter between the visiting Indian and host Sri Lankan cricket teams.
'Agyaat' filmed in Sri Lanka
Agyaat is a Bollywood horror film co-produced and directed by Ram Gopal Varma starring Nithiin, Gautam Rode, and Priyanka Kothari. The film was released on 7 August 2009. The film is shot majorly at Sigiriya jungle in Sri Lanka.
ASIAN FILM LOCATION SERVICES (PVT) LTD
ASIAN FILM LOCATION SERVICES (PVT) LTD. is proud of its participation in the designing and construction of the sets for WATER on location in Sri Lanka.
Academy Award Nominee 2007:
Best Foreign Language Film
Directed by Deepa Mehta
and Produced by David Hamilton
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