Dardenne bros made Europa heads

Collective for independent European distributors

LONDON -- Belgian sibling filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne have accepted an invitation to take up the presidency of Europa Distribution, the France-based collective for independent European distributors.

The duo said in a joint statement it was an honor to be taking on the role at a time when the "very existence of Europa Distribution is essential in order to develop a strong European film industry that combines market ambitions and cultural diversity, and also to improve the circulation of European movies in Europe."

Europa Distribution network member companies include Cineart in Belgium, Diaphana in France, Bim in Italy, Artificial Eye in the U.K. and Vertigo in Spain.