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The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) has selected its new 2020 board of directors.
Tim Clark, film commissioner for the Buffalo Niagara Film Office, will serve as AFCI’s first newly elected board chair since 2016. He joined the AFCI board in 2018 and served previously as second vice-chair. Clark will serve a two-year term that could be renewed in 2022.
Marijana Stoisits of the Vienna Film Commission returns to the AFCI board leadership as first vice-chair, while Donne Dawson from the Hawaii Film Office takes on the second vice-chair position. Other returning board officers include treasurer Karen Carberry Warhola from the Maine Film Office, and secretary Virginia Pearce from the Utah Film Commission.
AFCI’s 11-member board also includes two newly elected members: Bas van der Ree from the Netherlands Film Commission, and Nina Parikh from the Mississippi Film Office. Board members re-elected for another term include Sigmund Elias Holm from the Western Norway Film Commission and David Shepheard from the Vancouver Film Commission. They join returning mid-term members Silvia Echeverri from the Colombia Film Commission and Andy Edmunds from the Virginia Film Office.
“I look forward to working with Tim because he understands our global vision and supports our focus on best practice for the screen sector,” AFCI president Jess Conoplia said Friday in a statement. “I’ve seen first-hand his ability to get things done — both locally and abroad — and I’m delighted that we’re bringing AFCI’s 44th Annual Cineposium Conference to Buffalo Niagara in September under his watch.”
Added Clark: “It’s a privilege to serve the members of AFCI as board chair. AFCI represents more countries than ever before and I am committed to ensuring that members get the education, industry connectivity and guidance they need in our ever-changing industry. I look forward to working with Jess and our members to continue the high level of excellence that has been set by the organization over the past few years.”
The new board will oversee a series of strategic initiatives designed by Conoplia to build on AFCI’s comprehensive restructuring that began in 2017. New initiatives for 2020 include engaging local consultants in key regions worldwide to support members and drive new member growth; launching an AFCI Awards program to recognize achievements and advancements in diversity, screen tourism, community engagement and service by film commissions or film commissioners; expanding AFCI’s educational programming through industry partnerships; and partnering with other organizations such as Time’s Up to conduct original research and help film commissions pursue best practices.
“The past year was a time of tremendous growth for AFCI, with a surge in new members and our release of the industry’s first global research report on best practice for screen sector development -— a project conducted by our Think Tank Affiliate Member, Olsberg SPI,” added Conoplia. “We also collaborated on events with other global entities such as the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI). This year will mark a continuation and acceleration of such activities and AFCI’s expanded mission.”
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