Estonian movie makers join international film producers association ({{commentsTotal}})

Zaza Urushadze, Lembit Ulfsak and Ivo Felt at the Golden Globes red carpet
Zaza Urushadze, Lembit Ulfsak and Ivo Felt at the Golden Globes red carpet Source: (AFP/Scanpix)

Estonian National Film Producers Union (ERPÜ) was accepted to the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) during organization’s General Assembly in Cannes.

"The decision to welcome the ERPÜ as a new member of FIAPF was adopted unanimously by its members. This is a recognition of the ongoing efforts made by the Estonian film producers' community to create a sustainable, dynamic and creative film industry in their country as evidenced by the internationally-acclaimed "Tangerines" which was nominated for the best foreign language film at the 87th Academy Awards," Benoît Ginisty, Director General of FIAPF, said. "FIAPF's membership has expanded constantly over the past years and we are proud that Estonia be the 30th production country involved in our global organization."

Andrus Raudsalu, producer and Chairman of the Board of ERPÜ, stressed the importance of joining FIAPF. "As the biggest organization uniting Estonian film producers, becoming a member was a logical step for us. Film industry, including Estonian film industry is becoming more and more globalized. Majority of our films are co-produced with foreign producers. Therefore, it is important for us to participate in shaping international developments and FIAPF membership is a quality mark towards the aptness of Estonian film producers."

FIAPF is an international organization founded in 1933, comprising of 35 producer organizations from 30 countries on five continents. In 2014, FIAPF accredited Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival as a non-specialized competitive international film festival.

Estonian National Film Producers Union is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 and has currently 18 members.

Editor: S. Tambur