Gomez returns to guide FIAPF

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CANNES -- Oscar-winning producer Andres Vicente Gomez from Spain was re-elected Tuesday as president of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

Argentinean producer Luis Alberto Scalella was elected as 1st vice president alongside representatives of Asia and Australia, Europe, North and South America.

FIAPF, which gathers 26 producers' associations from 23 countries, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2008.

First elected as FIAPF president in 2003, Gomez is Spain's most prolific producer, with a list of productions including "Manolete," starring Penelope Cruz and Adrien Brody and now in postproduction.

"I have accepted re-election as an endorsement of my plan to reinvigorate FIAPF as the unique global body able to adapt its activities to meet the challenges of our ever-changing film industry," Gomez said. "We need to create new business models to take best advantage of new technology and market developments, to expand distribution and opportunities for return on investment."

Gomez emphasized that "accrediting international film festivals remains a key activity. These relationships provide the producer community with opportunities to launch their films while demonstrating the diversity of today's cinema."

FIAPF director general Valerie Lepine-Karnik agreed.

"In our evolving environment, producers need international references for their business," Lepine-Karnik said. "FIAPF provides a unique forum for exchanges of ideas and experiences. I cannot recall a period when international concerns have been so universally shared and when it has been so critical to create a strategy to meet the needs of our global film industry."
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