AFCI's Global Film Commission Network Summit

In Partnership With Marché du Film - Festival De Cannes

May 19, 2024

10 AM - 1 PM

Main Stage in the Palais

AFCI’s summit inspires pioneering strategies in film production and location selection through a curated series of panels highlighting the importance of collaboration. Explore location-based authenticity, dispelling location stereotypes, advancements in screen sector development and cultural inclusivity. Uncover new global production opportunities to enhance your story telling capabilities.  


AFCI and Olsberg•SPI Presentation: Preview of Forthcoming Report – Best Practices in Screen Sector Development 2024

Introduction by Jaclyn Philpott, Executive Director of AFCI.

Olsberg•SPI’s Managing Director presents key findings from the upcoming report, highlighting key areas of best practice that enable markets to develop their screen sectors, maximize their share of high-value screen production activity, and adapt to the changing screen landscape.


– Leon Forde, Managing Director, Olsberg SPI.

Setting the Scene: "The Zone of Interest"

Producers of the 2023 Palm d’Or and 2024 Oscar-winning movie discuss the purpose, value and opportunities that arose from shooting the film in Poland.


– Ewa Puszczyńska, Co-Producer.
– Moderated by Leo Barraclough, Director, International Features, Variety.

Indigenous Storytelling: The Importance of Authenticity

Film commissions, producers and leaders from Indigenous institutes discuss the importance of accurate representation in front of and behind the camera.


– Luke Azevedo, Vice President Creative Industries, Operations & Film Commissioner, Calgary Economic Development.
– Meghan Beaton, Chief Executive, Norwegian Film Commission.
– Anne Lajla Utsi, Director, International Sami Film Institute.
– Shelby F. Elwood, Producer & Director.
– Michael Burkenbine, CEO, Becket Film Fund.
– Moderated by Emile Hertling Péronard, Producer and co-owner, Ánorâk Film Denmark ApS. 

Dispelling Location Stereotypes: Switzerland

Tourism has promoted Switzerland’s beautiful snow-capped mountains and idyllic towns so effectively that many producers do not consider the region has a bounty of locations and opportunities to offer. Film Commissioners and producers dispel the stereotype by highlighting the locations and infrastructure of the region.


– Tristan Albrecht, Head Film Commissioner, Valias Film Commission.
– Dino Malacarne, Managing Director, Film Commission Zurich.
– Niccolò Castelli, Manager, Ticino Film Commission.
– Nicolas Burlet, Producer.
– Michaela Pini, Producer.
– Moderated by Gabriella Geisinger, Locations Editor, Screen International, Editor, KFTV.

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