Body represents 55 film commissions

MOSCOW — A new network that unites national film commissions around Europe has elected its first board members at a meeting in Prague.

Austrian Arie Bohrer of Vienna’s Location Austria — part of the country’s government-backed business agency — was elected president of the network.

Since it was founded in March, the Brussels-based network has attracted 55 film commission members from 18 countries. It is briefed with increasing European filmmakers’ share of the booming world audiovisual market.

“The audiovisual industry worldwide is expected to grow to Euros 71 billion ($105 billion) over the next three years,” Bohrer said in a statement.

“The EuECN will work to ensure that Europe competes for a share of this global industry.”

The meeting, hosted by the government-backed Czech Film Center-Film Commission and industry body the Czech Audiovisual Producers’ Association, elected Film France’s Patrick Lamassoure as general secretary and Marianne Gassner of the Stuttgart, Germany regional film commission as treasurer.

It also elected board members: Andrea Rocco of Italy’s Torino Piemonte film commission, Piluca Querol of Spain’s Andalucia film commission and Ludmila Claussova of the Czech Film Center-Film Commission.

The three working groups covering fundraising, sponsorship and the European Union, marketing and PR and education, research and training, were also set up at last week’s meeting.

“The atmosphere during the Prague meeting spread the feeling of the strong will of all participants to take the idea of the EuFCN seriously and together to set new standards for the positioning of Europe’s film commissions,” Bohrer added.

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