James to lead film commissioner org


SYDNEY -- Robin James, head of Queensland state film agency the Pacific Film and Television Commission, has been appointed president of the U.S.-based Association of Film Commissioners International.

James is the first non -- American to take on the position. He succeeds retiring president Pat Kaufman.

"The board's decision to elect Robin James of Australia as the first non-American president of the AFCI is confirmation of the organization's commitment to a global agenda," Kaufman said of the appointment. We are delighted at his appointment and look forward to the AFCI continuing to strengthen its role in the U.S. and in the international film industry."

The AFCI is the official professional organization for film commissioners. The group has members in 42 countries, with more than 300 AFCI member film commissions worldwide.

James' appointment does not affect his position as CEO of the PFTC.