SFC On the Board of AFCI and Joining EUFCN
Serbia Film Commission’s efforts in positioning Serbia on the international filming locations map has recently resulted in more excellent outcomes. First, in the beginning of November the SFC has joined EUFCN – the European Network of Film Commissions, a professional network of most active European film commissions which supports and promotes the European film industry and culture.
At the same time, SFC executive director Ana Ilic has been elected to the Board of Directors of the AFCI, the global association of film commissions.
In her two year term, Ana and SFC will be one of the three European film commissions represented at the 10 member AFCI Board together with Stockholm and Oredsund (Sweden and Denmark), and the first one ever to come from an Eastern European country. After a very successful attendance at this year’s Cineposium last month in South Korea, this is another acknowledgement that Serbia is competitive and attractive new destination promoted and represented by a credible, modern organization that is becoming a pivotal player in contributing to the global film industry and the rise of the profile of film commissions.
In her nomination Ana Ilic pointed out the importance of expanding the film commissions’ community and being sensitive to the industry needs in the changing economic trends.
“We are very honored to be nominated in the first place, and to be elected coming from a small country is a real privilege. This is also excellent proof of our success given that we are a very young film commission that has been operating for just over four years. Also, I think I can contribute to the Board with a new approach from the standpoint of the Eastern European region that is a growing production region but has never been represented in the decision making processes in the AFCI. I believe the region has become a strong partner for international clients and can also be a valuable partner in the film commission community. There are still many countries in the region that do not have film commissions or are just starting to form them and are potential new members of the AFCI and could use the valuable support from their colleagues from all over the world. We are glad if Serbia is pioneering this process and will be inspiring others to join.” – says Ana Ilic.
The Association of film Commissioners International (AFCI) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1975 to serve the growing needs of film and television production. The AFCI was initially formed by a small group of film commissioners who wanted to share information and learn from one another’s experiences. Since then, the AFCI has expanded into a worldwide network of more than 300 commissions representing six continents. www.afci.org The complete list of Board members can be found here
EUFCN is a non-profit association which supports and promotes the European film industry and culture. Its main goals are to create a network of the most active European Film Commissions; to promote the exchange of information between members; to sustain the development of location searches and shooting opportunities; and to carry out professional and educational activities for members. www.eufcn.net