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Christian J. Lemche elected as new EFP President

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Christian J. Lemche of the Danish Film Institute (DFI) has been elected as European Film Promotion's (EFP) new President. As the Board of Directors confirmed at a EFP members' meeting in Hamburg/Germany, DFI's Festival Manager for Feature Films will take over the presidency from Hungary's Éva Vezér who recently left Magyar Filmunió. In addition, Mariette Rissenbeek, Managing Director of German Films, has been elected as a new member to EFP's Board of Directors at the General Assembly of EFP m...

Albanian/US film wins Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay at Chicago International Film Festival

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Another win for the South East European film community! THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD, a US/Albanian film was awarded the Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay at the Chicago International. Writers Joshua Marston and Andamion Murataj won the award for their lovingly crafted story that takes us on an intimate journey through the fate of families that are ruled by the laws of honor and vengeance. The writers lay out for the audience the complexity of human relations and make us reconsider our...

EFP announces its new Board of Directors

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    Éva Vezér stays on as President - 3 new representatives elected   The members of European Film Promotion (EFP) today elected a new Board of Directors at its General Assembly meeting during the Berlin International Film Festival. The Board is composed of seven members and the term of office lasts for two years. Éva Vezér was again elected EFP President, Claudia Landsberger remains EFP Vice-President.   The members of the Board of Directors are:...

EFP Industry Screenings in New York

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June 28th and 29thIn the 6th year of its NY Industry Screenings, European Film Promotion (EFP) is proud to present three European films to the industry on June 28th and 29th. >> download the file as pdf The screenings, which are supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Irish Film Board and German Films, will be shown at the Tribeca Grand Hotel's screening room, and the respective sales agents will be in attendance. All of the films ar...

International Film Festival Summit Europe: The Agenda from the Amsterdam conference April 8-9, 2010

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Thursday, April 8, 2010 8:30 am - Registration Opens 9:15 am - 9:30 am Opening Remarks by Conference Chair 9:30 am - 10:30 am Panel "What's Really Going on?"          There has been a great deal of scrutiny on what some say are problems with the current festival model.  Take a step back to look at the big picture.  You spend all year with your nose to the grind and making your festival the best it can be, this is a great opportunity to hear from industry...

A new film sector institute in the Netherlands

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  As of January 1, 2010, The Filmmuseum, Holland Film, the Netherlands Institute for Film Education, and the Filmbank will pool their resources and form a new organization. The merger of these associate institutes will result in an umbrella body for Dutch film culture, known for now as the Netherlands Film Sector Institute. The establishment of the Netherlands Film Sector Institute is the result of Education, Culture, and Sport Minister Ronald Plasterk's insistence that the secto...

Producers Network from May 14 – 20

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The 6th edition of the Producers Network’s seven-day program has just come to a close. “We registered, like previous years, about 600 producers from around the world,” announced Julie Bergeron, head of the Network. Held in the Palais’s Ambassadeur Salon, the Network “welcomed about 200 people every morning at the breakfast meetings - 16 different tables including special guests and a moderator at each,” continued Bergeron.“This year we had a different ...

New EFP President and Board of Directors elected and announced in Cannes

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  Éva Vezér takes over Presidency - Claudia Landsberger stays on as Vice-President    The members of European Film Promotion (EFP) today elected a new Board of Directors, including President and Vice-President at its General Assembly meeting at the Cannes International Film Festival. After 12 years, Claudia Landsberger, Managing Director of Holland Film, hands over the Presidency to Éva Vezér, General Manager at Magyar Filmunió, Hungary, and will stay on a...

The 4th Agora Film Market at the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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        4th AGORA November 14 - 23, 2008 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival   The 4th Agora Film Market will take place from November 14th to 23rd, 2008, in the context of the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. The Agora is continuing last year's highly successful effort, in which 36 films from South Eastern Europe obtained distribution in 18 different world territories.   "In its three years o...

Hamptons International Film Festival wrapped

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The 16th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards at a ceremony held at the Regal Cinemas in East Hampton, NY on Sunday, October 19, 2008.Now in its 16th year, this East Coast favorite comes to life against the fall back-drop as talent, industry and audiences participated in what has now become one of the premiere international film festivals showing the best cinema from around the globe. The 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival ran October 15th thro...

Hamptons International Film Festival highlights

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The HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is proud to announce the films, programs and special events which will make up the 2008 season. Now in its 16th year, this East Coast favorite comes to life against the fall back-drop as talent, industry and audiences participate in what has now become one of the leading international film festivals of the world. The 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival runs October 15th through 19th, 2008, in East Hampton, New York with additional venues in Southa...

Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara

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Eight European films received Film Sales Support for promotional campaigns at Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (7-14 March 2008)With Mexico being one of the largest territories of its Latin America focus, Film Sales Support (FSS), for the second time, backs a range of European films from different countries at this year's Guadalajara International Film Festival. FSS which supports sales agents and their promotional campaigns of European films outside of Europe, is an initiative of E...

European Film Promotion (EFP) confirms European funds

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European Film Promotion (EFP) is pleased to announce financial contributions by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union towards its events and activities in 2008. In its role as a pan-European promotional organisation, EFP has developed a strong partnership with the MEDIA Programme which has been an on-going supporter of EFP’s activities over the past ten years. Since the creation of EFP in 1997, the network has greatly increased its ability to effectively promote European films and their up...

Winners Announced At Inaugural Middle East International Film Festival

 Monday, October 21--------The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards at the Closing Night Ceremony held at the Emirates Palace  on Saturday evening. The Black Pearl trophy (designed by Mohammed Gomaa) is a handmade sculpture representing the beautiful and rare black pearl originally discovered in the pristine waters of the Abu Dhabi coastline, and a symbol that is an integral part of Abu Dhabi history and culture. The Bla...

Award Winners At Inaugural Middle East International Film Festival

 Monday, October 21--------The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards at the Closing Night Ceremony held at the Emirates Palace  on Saturday evening. The Black Pearl trophy (designed by Mohammed Gomaa) is a handmade sculpture representing the beautiful and rare black pearl originally discovered in the pristine waters of the Abu Dhabi coastline, and a symbol that is an integral part of Abu Dhabi history and culture. The Bla...

Winners of the Black Pearl announced in Abu Dhabi

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INAUGURAL MIDDLE EAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – ABU DHABI BLACK PEARL AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCEDProducer Peter Bouckaert, and Director Nic Balthazar of BEN XWinner of the Black Pearl Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film. The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 300,000 Michael James Rowland of LUCKY MILESWinner of Black Pearl Jury Prize for Best New Director (Feature Film). The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 300,000Ensemble Cast: Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Mouka...

117 Features & docus from EFP to Screen at Toronto

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117 Features and Documentaries from 24 of European Film Promotion’s 28 Member Countries to Screen at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival®European Film Promotion (EFP) with support from the European Union's MEDIA Programme, will attend the Toronto International Film Festival® (September 6-15) for the eleventh consecutive year. Joining the 17 EFP member countries who comprise a de facto European delegation with display booths in the Festival’s Sales & Industry Office, are two EFP me...

EFP launches June Session of Industry Screenings in New York

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The Fifth edition presents four new European films at the Tribeca Screening Room on Monday, June 18th and Tuesday, June 19th, 2007On June 18th and June 19th, four new films from different European countries will be introduced to U.S. distributors and buyers, festival scouts and cinema programmers. The screenings will be held at the Tribeca Screening Room in Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Center.COUNTERPARTS (Gegenüber)Monday, June 18th, 6:00 pmDirector: Jan BonnyGermany, 2007Sales Company: Wid...

EFP announces its new board of directors during Cannes

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The members of European Film Promotion (EFP) today elected a new Board of Directors at its General Assembly during the Cannes International Film Festival. The Board is composed of six members and the term of office lasts for two years.The members now are:Claudia Landsberger (Holland Film, Managing Director) Christian Dorsch (German Films, Managing Director) Pilar Torre (ICAA, Spain, Deputy Director General Promotion) Francine Brücher (Swiss Films, International Promotion) Éva Vezér (Magyar Fi...

25 new stars for Shooting stars; see you in Berlin

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Twenty-five of the best and brightest young actors and actresses from across Europe have today been chosen by European Film Promotion (EFP) as the tenth generation of SHOOTING STARS. In a very special weekend of events commemorating the first highly successful decade of SHOOTING STARS, the up-and-coming talent will be presented to the public together for the first time during the Berlin International Film Festival, 10-12 February 2007. SHOOTING STARS is mainly supported by the MEDIA Programme of...

Eye on Europe: Sundance's Strong European Film Presence

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Wednesday, January 10----Narrative films from the European continent are among the most anticipated in the World Cinema Competition: Drama competition at the Sundance Film Festival, which opens next week. Of the sixteen films to be presented in the program section, eight are European productions or co-productions with other nations. The strong presence of European films, and the introduction of new film talents, will have industry executives keeping a watchful eye on Europe during the 10 day ...

Picture Europe! Launching the Best of European Cinema 2007

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In an effort to encourage new audiences and to cultivate those already devoted to European films, the members of European Film Promotion (EFP) have developed a new project to have quality European films screened in selected cities of Europe. In spring 2007, under the title, Picture Europe! The Best of European Cinema, EFP will organize a screening series highlighting national box office hits from all over Europe.According to EFP President, Claudia Landsberger, “Not enough effort and investment...

Rome Means Business

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The first Rome International Film Festival didn't just draw out the film fans. In town for a long weekend of events were international film business delegates attending the market section of the festival. Players from far and wide had a mostly positive response to the number of initiatives at the festival, which included a popular buyers' terrace at the Bernini Hotel and a so-called business street at the Excelsior Hotel on the Via Veneto. "I had a meeting arranged with one producer and met fort...

EFP: 10 years of European Film Promotion:

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Ten years ago, the idea came about in Hamburg of establishing a promotion agency for European films. The goal was to give a face to films from Europe with a large number of joint activities and to support their international marketing. In the meantime, the network of European Film Promotion (EFP) with its HQ in Hamburg includes 27 promotion and export organisations from 28 countries in Europe. EFP is still the only pan-European organisation whose members jointly support European cinema and its t...

EFP welcomes new members from Poland and Slovakia

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European Film Promotion (EFP) reaches further East: both the POLISH FILM INSTITUTE and the SLOVAK FILM INSTITUTE joined European Film Promotion (EFP), the European-wide network of film promotion and export organisations, during the 56th Berlin International Film Festival. In April 2005, the NATIONAL FILM CENTER of Bulgaria was the most recent organisation to become a member of EFP, which now has 26 member organisations. “Sometimes things take a bit more time than you think when you start a pro...

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