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European Film Academy leadership to convene in Bucharest, October 20-23

The leadership of the European Film Academy (EFA), which includes Romanian producer Ada Solomon, deputy chair of the EFA board, will convene in Bucharest, October 20 -23.

The convention is an opportunity for direct dialogue between EFA and Romanian filmmaking professionals, as well as for the promotion of Romania’s creative and production offers, according to the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR).

“The convention is a good opportunity to reiterate Romania’s position as a destination for future European film productions, for decision-makers and cultural personalities to engage in a direct dialogue with the filmmaking professionals at the helm of the European Film Academy. In addition, it is a way of informing local professionals, at any stage in their careeres, as well as students about the role of the European Film Academy and the opportunities it offers to European filmmakers,” ICR said on Monday in a press statement to Agerpres..

Hosted by UNATC and ARCUB, the meeting in Bucharest is organised by the European Film Academy, the Romanian Film Producers Alliance and the Romanian Cultural Institute and supported by UPFAR ARGOA, Dacin Sara, Avanpost, Chainsaw, and Crew United.

The European Film Academy was founded in 1989 in Berlin at the initiative of a group of important European filmmakers. It was initially called the European Cinema Society, and its first president was Ingmar Bergman, between 1989 and 1996. The famous Swedish director was followed by Wim Wenders (1996 – 2020) and Agnieszka Holland (2020 – present). Matthijs Wouter Knol was appointed director in 2021.

Managed by a board made up of 20 members, led by a chair (Mike Downey) assisted by two deputies (Rebecca O’Bren and Ada Solomon), the purpose of the organisation made up of 4,400 members, including 66 from Romania, is to support and connect its members and celebrate and promote their work.

The meeting in Bucharest marks an important moment in the process of remodelling and reconfiguring the European Film Academy amid the transformations taking place in the post COVID19-pandemic filmmaking industry, according to ICR.

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