The Film Services Office (FSO) was established to promote the development of the Hong Kong film industry. Since its inception in April 1998, the FSO has helped the film industry to overcome some of the fundamental difficulties in film productions, and will continue its best endeavours to render assistance and support for film productions in Hong Kong. On 1 June 2009, the FSO (organisation chart) came under Create Hong Kong, Communications and Technology Branch, Commerce and Economic Development Bureau.
To maintain Hong Kong's status as a major film producing centre, and enhance Hong Kong's position as a film trading and service hub in the Asia-Pacific Region.
- To create and maintain an environment conducive to the long term and healthy development of the film industry.
- To facilitate film production in Hong Kong.
- To promote Hong Kong films locally and abroad.
- To facilitate film production and in particular location shooting in Hong Kong.
- To implement a regulatory framework governing the use of pyrotechnic substances and other dangerous goods for creating special effects in film and television programme productions and theatrical performances, including a licensing system for special effects operators.
- To maintain a resource centre which provides information about films produced and released in Hong Kong and reference materials on local film production services.
- To provide support to the Hong Kong Film Development Council.
- To administer the Film Development Fund to provide funding support to projects conducive to the healthy and long term development of the local film industry.
- To administer the Film Guarantee Fund to facilitate the development of a film financing infrastructure in Hong Kong.
- To help the industry to organise film festivals and exhibitions in Hong Kong and abroad.
- To help the industry to publish trade promotion materials:
- To help promote the long term development of the film industry.