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Since 2001, the European Film Agency Directors, first known as EFAD, brings together Directors of European Film Agencies, bodies in charge of the funding and/or of regulation of the cinema creation from 31 countries in Europe.

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 2020 an international non-profit Association of the European Film Agency Directors (aisbl). The Association is already known as EFADs and is composed of the 28 Member-States of the European Union plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

The EFADs Association is chaired by Peter Dinges, CEO of the FFA (Filmförderungsanstalt, Germany) and the Vice-Chair is Guy Daleiden, Director of the Film Fund (Luxembourg).

The main topics that the EFADs discuss today are: the digital change, the copyright and the fight against piracy, the media literacy etc.

In order to achieve its aims, the EFADs initiated several working groups on specific topics such as on: cinema in the digital era, copyright and fight against piracy, media literacy.

The EFADs meet on a regular basis during the Film Festivals in Berlin (in February), in Cannes (in May) and in San Sebastian (in September).

Becoming an Association, based in Brussels and with a General Secretary, the EFADs will have an active approach at European level and is open for a constructive dialogue with the European institutions and with all the partners in the sector.