Magazine article Screen International

EFADs: Interface with a Common Voice

Magazine article Screen International

EFADs: Interface with a Common Voice

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The European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) association of national funders from 31 countries across Europe met in Berlin this week to discuss key objectives and address future challenges facing the film industry.

EFADs president Peter Dinges of Germany's FFA said that a formalised structure for the network of national film funders meant that it could serve as an interface between the national governments and film industries and the European institutions such as the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Bulgarian-born Iveta Dimova had been appointed as General Secretary operating out of Brussels and had already began liaising with other pan-European organisations such as CineRegio, FERA and the Society of Audiovisual Authors.

¨European questions need European answers and we want to be part of the answer,¨ Dinges declared.

Mission

Speaking to Screen before the meeting which was also attended by Germany's Minister of State for Culture and Media Monika Grütters, BFI CEO Amanda Nevill explained that EFADs' mission ¨has always been there to ensure that creativity can flourish across all of Europe - no matter what strictures governments or the Commission might try to put in the way - in order that business can prosper. So it's about marrying those two things.¨

¨ If you look at the size of the industres we represent and the economic value they have, it's our job to protect that,¨ she said, stressing that EFADs' mission should be to strike ¨a balance between the economic and cultural.¨.

Nevill revealed that the EFADs first meeting under its new formal status as a non-profit international organisation would address such issues as ¨the challenges, but also huge opportunities¨ of the Digital Single Market, ¨education in the diigtal arena and how that links to infringement of copyright¨, and ¨how we balance the rights of the creative owners with our desire to ensure that consumers can enjoy as much as they can.¨

Meanwhile, Christophe Tardieu, CNC's Director General, added that the association would also be discussing combatting piracy and ways of obliging online operators such as YouTube and Amazon to contribute to the financing of creation. …

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