Association of Film Commissioners International, the global network of over 300 film offices, unveiled its new Board of Directors at Cineposium in New York. Western Norway Film Commission's Sigmund Elias Holm joins the board together with The Royal Film Commission Jordan's George David, New Mexico Film Office's Nick Maniatis, Colombian Film Commission's Silvia Echeverri, West Virginia Film Office's Pamela Haynes, Montana Film Office's Deny Staggs, and Vienna Film Commission's Marijana Stoisits. Continuing their terms are Walea Constantinau, Honolulu Film Office; Ana Ilic, Serbia Film Commission; Kevin “KJ” Jennings, Film Otago Southland; and Ingrid Rudefors, Stockholm Mälardalen Film Commission.
"The success of the AFCI thrives on hands-on involvement of members to set the direction of our organization, provide superior leadership, and exemplify the excellence in service that the AFCI brand signifies,” said board prexy George David. “We are proud of the diversity of our Board – with representatives from eight countries on five continents.”
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. All are devoted to the business of facilitating film and television production activity which generates billions of dollars annually.
The first major educational event hosted by the AFCI began in 1976 as Cineposium. Held annually, this program features professional development seminars designed to teach film commissioners about the management and processes unique to the film commission business.
In 1985, the AFCI partnered with the American Film Marketing Association to host Location Expo, the first on-location trade show for film and television production. This annual event, now Locations Show, continues to respond to the growing marketing needs of film commissions, and provides an unmatched forum for film commissioners to promote filming within their respective city, state, provinces, or countries—all in one venue in Los Angeles, Calif.