Magazine article Screen International

Unifrance, Industry Groups Respond to Sexual Assault Report (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Unifrance, Industry Groups Respond to Sexual Assault Report (Exclusive)

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Government-backed organisation “offers all support” to executive.

European industry organisations have responded to the report yesterday in Screen that a senior sales executive was sexually assaulted 20 years ago while attending a festival on behalf of Unifrance.

Isabelle Giordano, managing director of Unifrance, the government-backed organisation for promoting French films outside France, told Screen:

”I confirm that Unifrance offers all our support to Daniela Elstner. Her testimony is very courageous and useful to understand how violent acts can exist with a dramatic lack of reactions and help. Unifrance condemns these acts and it is obvious that we cannot tolerate any kind of violence, discrimination or inappropriate behaviour inside the markets, festivals or junkets we organize.

”We pride ourselves that in the French industry many women have responsibilities and leading roles. I work daily with a lot of gifted women such as Daniela Elstner who are managers in the French cinema industry, mostly among the international sales agents. I hope all those women can work in the future in a safe environment.”

Europa International, the European association representing 46 sales companies from 14 countries, commented:

“The European Association of International Sales Agents, Europa International, is very concerned about any kind of sexual harassment its members might be victims of and condemns all acts of such sort under all circumstances. …

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