AFCI chooses non-American as chief for first time

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For the first time in its history, the Association of Film Commissioners International has chosen a non-American as board president.

Robin James, CEO of the Pacific Film and Television Commission in Queensland, Australia was elected president by the 13-member board during its October meeting at Cineposium 2006 in Pasadena.

James will serve a two-year term and replaces outgoing president Pat Swinney Kaufman, head of the New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture. Kaufman, coming off a four-year term as president, will continue on the board as an ex-officio board member.

Also elected to the AFCI board are Jenny Williams of the Glasgow Film Office as vp, Walea Constantinau from the Honolulu Film Office/Island of Oahu as vp, Mississippi Film Office's Ward Emling as treasurer, and Orange County Film Commission's Janice Arrington as secretary.

Kaufman said James' election was fitting, given the AFCI's international membership growth. There are 325 AFCI member film commissions in 42 countries.
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