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List of European Film Institutions

Cineuropa – The best of European Cinema (clickable heading) 

A site dedicated to European cinema, films, actors, filmmakers, professionals, producers, distributors, sales agents, scriptwriters, film finance and the film industry as a whole…

CORDIS: Servizio comunitario d’informazione in materia di Ricerca e Sviluppo (clickable heading) 

An information space for European Research and Development (R&D) and exploitation of European R&D results

South East European Network of Associations of Private Broadcasters (clickable heading) 

The network was established in 2000 with the support of Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As of today, it brings together eight broadcasters’ associations from the SEE region, representing almost 800 broadcasters. Members of SEENAPB are national broadcasters’ associations in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

EFA – European Film Academy (clickable heading) 

The European Film Academy (EFA) currently unites 1,900 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting European film culture. Throughout the year, the EFA initiates and participates in a series of activities dealing with film politics as well as economic, artistic, and training aspects.

EFFF: European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (clickable heading) 

With over 20 festivals represented, on the European continent as well as in Asia and North-America, and a joint audience of approximately 600.000 spectators, the European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals has become one of the most influential tools to promote the originality and creativity of the European fantasy film industry.

EFP – European Film Promotion (clickable heading) 

European Film Promotion (EFP) is the only existing international network of organisations active in the field of promotion and marketing of European cinema. The EFP network is comprised of professional organisations from 30 countries of Europe, each with extensive experience in marketing and promoting its national cinema.

EPRA – European Platform of Regulatory Authorities  (clickable heading) 

Against the backdrop of globalisation and convergence, the need for increased co-operation between European regulatory authorities has repeatedly been highlighted.
Rather than pursuing national directives or acting as a tribune of common declarations, EPRA provides an open platform for discussions on a wide variety of relevant topics to regulators.

EU – European Commission – Cultural Contact Points (clickable heading) 

The unit ‘Culture policy and intercultural dialogue’ sets out new approaches for cultural involvement to giving culture a more prominent role in the European Union. As part of this, the unit is charged with implementing the European agenda for culture, as approved by the Council in November 2007, which has three main objectives:
– The promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue;
– The promotion of culture as a catalyst for creativity, within the framework of the Lisbon strategy; and,
– The promotion of culture as a vital part of the EU’s external relations.

Eureka Audiovisuel / European Audiovisual Observatory (clickable heading) 

The European Audiovisual Observatory is the only centre of its kind to gather and circulate information on the audiovisual industry in Europe. The Observatory is a European public service body with 36 member States and the European Community, represented by the European Commission. It owes its origins to Audiovisual Eureka and operates within the legal framework of the Council of Europe. It works alongside some partner organisations, professional organisations from within the industry and a wide network of correspondents.

Eurimages (clickable heading) 

Eurimages is the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works.
Eurimages aims to promote the European film industry by encouraging the production and distribution of films and fostering co-operation between professionals.

Euromax (clickable heading) 

Euromax is a European association mainly in the fields of giant screen theatre operation, film production and film distribution, as well as marketing.
Being a small group of committed people allows informal yet momentous discussions on various topics in the giant screen industry.

Europa Cinemas (clickable heading) 

Europa Cinemas – Association of European cinemas showing European films.
Founded in 1992 with funding from the MEDIA programme and from the Centre National de la Cinématographie, Europa Cinemas is the first film theatre network focusing on European films.
Its objective is to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that commit themselves to screen a significant number of European non-national films, to offer events and initiatives as well as promotional activities targeted at Young Audiences and to screen European digital films.
Europa Cinemas is present in more than half of all European towns of more than 150,000 inhabitants.

Europa Nostra (clickable heading) 

Europa Nostra is dedicated to putting heritage and its benefits in the mainstream of public consciousness and to making legacy a priority for public policies both at European and national levels. Its specific objectives are to promote, at a European level, high standards of quality in the fields of heritage conservation, architecture, urban and rural planning and to advocate a balanced and sustainable development of urban and rural, built and natural environment.

European Association of Regional Television (CIRCOM Regional) (clickable heading) 

A Unique International Audiovisual Network in Europe: 376 Public Regional Television Stations from 38 countries. Main objectives:
– promoting and developing cooperation between members;
– co-producing and exchanging programmes;
– strengthening vocational training for journalists and technicians across Europe

European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (clickable heading) 

EAVE is one of the leading training, development and networking programmes for audiovisual producers in Europe. Since 1988 we have delivered a variety of training programmes at international, pan European, national and regional level.

European Audiovisual Policy (clickable heading) 

The audiovisual sector directly employs over one million people in the EU. It also plays a key social and cultural role – TV remains the foremost source of information and entertainment in Europe, with most homes having a television and the average European watching up to 4 hours a day. Audiovisual content is also increasingly accessed through on-demand services.

European Broadcasting Union (clickable heading) 

The European Broadcasting Union is the most significant association of national broadcasters in the world. We promote cooperation between broadcasters and facilitate the exchange of audiovisual content. The EBU works to ensure that the crucial role of public service broadcasters is recognised and taken into consideration by decision-makers.

European Cultural Foundation (clickable heading) 

We are an independent organisation which helps the arts contribute to a strong, united and diverse Europe built on shared cultural values.
We support high-quality artistic activities and cultural cooperation across different countries, borders and boundaries. We advocate for culture, helping to create better conditions for the arts and campaigning to change political attitudes to the culture at EU level. And we also help provide better access to cultural information.

European Documentary Network (clickable heading) 

European Documentary Network, EDN, is a member-based organisation for professionals working with documentary film and television. EDN supports, stimulates and creates networks within the documentary sector in Europe.

European Federation of Cinematographers (clickable heading) 

The primary purpose of the Federation is to champion and uphold the high standards achieved by the Cinematography Profession, and via a constant exchange of experience to promote the spread of that highly-specialised culture on which the long-standing technical and artistic quality of the European Cinema industry is firmly based.

Fédération internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF) (clickable heading) 

FIAF, the International Federation of Film Archives, brings together the world’s leading institutions in the field of moving picture heritage.
Its affiliates are the defenders of the Twentieth Century’s art form. They are dedicated to the rescue, collection, preservation and screening of moving images, which are valued both as works of art and culture and as historical documents. When it was founded in 1938, FIAF had four members. Today it comprises more than 120 institutions in over 65 countries – a reflection of the extent to which preservation of moving image heritage has become a worldwide concern.

FERA, Fédération européenne des réalisateurs de l’audiovisuel (clickable heading) 

FERA is the European Federation for national associations of television and cinema directors.
FERA’s missions are primarily focused on:
– fostering exchanges and common actions within an active network of national associations of directors ;
– relaying onto the European political scene the concerns, expectations and proposals of directors, and on a wider scale those of creators and the field of cinema and culture in general, to promote a European environment fostering creation and circulation of European works.

FIAD: Federazione Internazionale delle Associazioni di Distributori Film (clickable heading) 

VISUALNET is the leading international online directory for the Film, TV and Advertising production industry and aims to establish the most efficient professional information service and sales channel by providing a comprehensive B2B platform.

Film Makers for Conservation (clickable heading) 

Filmmakers For Conservation is a global community of passionate people who work in, or have an association with, the global film and television industry. The organisation was born almost a decade ago out of a growing sense of frustration among many producers and directors that there were very little funding and airtime being made available for films that dealt with conservation and the environment.

Fortissimo Films (clickable heading) 

Fortissimo Film Sales is an international film, television and video sales organisation specialising in the production, presentation, promotion and distribution of unique, award winning and innovative feature films from independent filmmakers from all over the world.

IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (clickable heading) 

IETM is a membership organisation which exists to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts in a global environment, by initiating and facilitating professional networking and communication, the dynamic exchange of information, know-how transfer and presentations of examples of good practice.

Independent Feature Project (clickable heading) 

A non-profit organisation created to support the courageous work of artists and technicians working in independent film.

International Federation of Film Producers Associations (clickable heading) 

FIAPF’s members are 25 producers’ organisation from 22 countries on four continents, FIAPF is the only organisation of film and television producers with a global reach. FIAPF’s mandate is to represent the economic, legal and regulatory interests which film and TV production industries in four continents have in common.

IREX (clickable heading) 

IREX is an international nonprofit organisation providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.

Irish Film Board (clickable heading) 

The Irish Film Board (IFB) is Ireland’s national film agency. The agency supports and promotes the Irish film industry and the use of Ireland as a location for international production.

IVCA – International Visual Communications Association (clickable heading) 

The International Visual Communication Association exists to represent its members to Government and other stakeholding bodies and to promote efficient business and public service communications of the highest ethical and professional standards.
The Association aims to be a centre of excellence for best communication practice and works with production companies, freelancers, support service providers and clients of the industry to represent their interests and help maximise their competitiveness and professionalism.

The Location Guide (clickable heading) 

The Location Guide is the definitive resource for global location filming
We provide the international film community with three essential preproduction resources that help with planning overseas location shoots.
All three resources are used by production professionals working in Feature Films, Television Dramas, Documentaries, TV Commercials, Music Videos, Promos, Corporate Films and Stills production.

LUMIERE: Database box-office film Europei (clickable heading) 

The database LUMIERE provides a systematic compilation of available data on admissions of the films released in European cinemas since 1996. The database is the result of the collaboration between the European Audiovisual Observatory and the various specialised national sources as well as the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

MEDIA Programme – Film database (clickable heading) 

MEDIA is the EU support programme for the European audiovisual industry. MEDIA co-finances training initiatives for audiovisual industry professionals, the development of production projects (feature films, television drama, documentaries, animation and new media), as well as the promotion of European audiovisual works.

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (clickable heading) 

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in all 56 OSCE participating States. He provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and promotes full compliance with OSCE press freedom commitments.

Powercorp International (clickable heading) 

POWER is Europe’s number one independent producer and distributor of high quality, award-winning series, mini-series and movies for television. We have collaborated with the world’s most respected broadcasters in the creation of a powerful new generation of dynamic, big event drama.

Prix Europa (clickable heading) 

PRIX EUROPA is open to broadcasting and producing organisations alike and is therefore accessible to media professionals from all parts of Europe. It has grown into the continent’s most significant competition for television, radio and the emerging media, but has no commercial interest. The pan-European event is attended by well over 1,000 delegates from more than 40 countries.

Roberto Cimetta Fund (clickable heading) 

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is an international association promoting artistic exchange and the mobility of professionals in the field of contemporary performing arts and visual arts within the Mediterranean area.

South East Europe Media Organisation (clickable heading) 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe (SEE) and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI).

South East European Network for the Professionalisation of the Media (clickable heading) 

The South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM) promotes excellence in journalism through policy initiatives, research and training.
SEENPM unites fifteen non-for-profit media centres from eleven South-East European and neighbouring countries. Its activities are based on the belief that joint commitment and cooperation are pivotal to the development of independent media, the strengthening of relations among journalists, and overall progress in the region.

The International Federation of Film Critics (clickable heading) 

The organisations of professional film critics and film journalists, established in different countries for the promotion and development of film culture and the safeguarding of professional interests, constitute the International Federation of the Cinematographic Press (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique – FIPRESCI)

WCA – Writers’ Copyright Association (clickable heading) 

The world leader for the protection of creative material such as books, scripts, idea.

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) (clickable heading) 

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.

ZDF Enterprises (clickable heading) 

On behalf of ZDF, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for worldwide program sales, the implementation of international co-productions, license purchasing for quality programs, marketing online rights and the merchandising of strong ZDF program brands.


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