Arie Bohrer (Location Austria) has been confirmed as the president, Patrick Lamassoure (Film France) the vice-president, and Berit Tilly (Swedish Lapland Film Commission) the secretary general: these are the members of the new governing board of the EUFCN, the association of European Film Commissions, elected during the association meeting held on November 30th in Malaga.
Andrea Rocco, director of the Genova Liguria Film Commission, Peter Busuttil (Malta Film Commission), Carlos Rosado Cobain (Film Commission Spain), Jacques Paul Georges Mer (Algrave Film Commission) and Truls Kontny (Norwegian Film Commission) also joined the board.
Andrea Rocco, the only Italian elected, was given the task of coordinating training and educational activities on a European level.
During the meeting in Malaga, the participants expressed their concerns about the European Commission’s Cinema Communication project regarding public support, in particular with regard to the suggestion of adopting a parameter of 1:1 between the entity receiving assistance and the expenditure commitment in the territory providing the support.
According to Bohrer, the new rules put forward by the Communication project, “represent a direct threat to the majority of incentive schemes that Member States and regions have patiently set up over the years, and which provide support to European cinema and television productions”.
The EUFCN was set up in 2007. It currently has 82 members from 26 countries in the “old continent”.