EFAD (European Film Agency Directors association) is the voice of national European Film Agencies, bringing together national film and audiovisual agencies from European countries. EFAD membership covers the European Union countries as well as Iceland, Norway, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 37 EFAD members are government or government associated public bodies, in charge of national funding for the audiovisual sector and with the responsibility to advise or regulate on all aspects of audiovisual policies. In total, the EFAD members and their governments fund around three billion Euros every year through subsidies and tax reliefs with a view to fostering the creation, production, promotion, distribution, and exhibition of European audiovisual and cinematographic works.
European Film Agencies champion European film across different formats and platforms. Their mission is to enable local cultures and different language communities to see their lives on screen and for powerful, culturally expressive films to deeply affect hearts and minds to the benefit of the well-being of society across Europe. EFAD members promote film literacy and storytelling in support of freedom of expression and film culture to ensure filmmaking, film heritage and film as art are accessible and relevant to the many, not the few.
Having functioned over the years as informal network for collaboration, coordination and exchange of ideas on issues of common interest with regard to European audiovisual policy, the EFAD became on 9 December 2014 an international non-profit Association of the European Film Agency Directors (aisbl) established in Brussels.
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