European Film Promotion (EFP) is the only existing international network of organisations promoting and marketing European cinema worldwide. EFP was founded in 1997 by ten members as a non-profit organisation. The membership has now risen to 38 organisations from 37 countries in Europe. Each member organisation represents its national films and talent. Under the EFP flag, the members come together to jointly promote the spirit and the diversity of European films and talent at key international film festival and markets around the world.
EFP offers and follows through on a broad range of promotional strategies for the European film industry, which include artistic as well as business-oriented platforms focusing on three main areas: Promotion of Films & Talent, Access to International Markets and Film Sales Support (FSS). EFP has primarily developed B-to-B programmes and initiatives in collaboration with established and respected partners, with the aim of creating a sustainable system which supports European cinema inside and outside of Europe.
European diversity and the European spirit are essential to all EFP initiatives: European values, the freedom of speech, the full integration of the culturally rich and unique nature of national cinema and its heritage rooted in the EFP membership.
EFP therefore relies on the national expertise and know-how of each of the 38 member organisations that represent their national film industry, covering most of Europe. This has been key to EFP's ability to become a leading international promotion organisation and achieve sustainable success through a long term approach of bringing European cinema to the attention of the international industry, press and audiences around the world. EFP's numerous and manifold projects at festivals and markets around the globe are a direct result of the divers interests and the mutual goals of its member institutions.
EFP represents a true network of industry professionals whose goal it is to increase the circulation and exploitation of European films in Europe and internationally.
EFP Board of Directors with Sonja Heinen (EFP Managing Director).
Back row from left to right: Christian Juhl Lemche (Danish Film Institute), Françoise Lentz (Film Fund Luxembourg), EFP Vice President Pia Lundberg (Swedish Film Institute), EFP President Martin Schweighofer (Austrian Films), EFP Managing Director Sonja Heinen.Front row: Nerina T. Kocjančič (Slovenian Film Centre), Mariette Rissenbeek (German Films).
Not pictured: Briony Hanson (British Council).
© EFP/ Kurt Krieger
Martin Schweighofer, Executive Director, AFC – Austrian Films
Pia Lundberg, Head of International Department, Swedish Film Institute
Briony Hanson, Director of Film, British Council
Nerina T. Kocjančič, Head of Promotion and Sales, Slovenian Film Centre
Christian Juhl Lemche, Festival Consultant, Danish Film Institute
Françoise Lentz, Head of Promotion, Film Fund Luxembourg
Mariette Rissenbeek, Managing Director, German Films
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