• Friday, Jan. 31, 2020
Tim Clark elected board chair for Association of Film Commissioners International
Tim Clark
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The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) has elected new officers for its 2020 board of directors. Tim Clark, film commissioner for the Buffalo Niagara Film Office, will serve as AFCI’s board chair. He joined the AFCI board in 2018 and served previously as 2nd vice-chair. His new tenure as chair is set for a two-year term that may be renewed in 2022. Clark has led the Buffalo Niagara Film Office for more than a decade, overseeing production in Western New York State including the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. 

Marijana Stoisits of the Vienna Film Office returns to the AFCI board leadership as 1st vice-chair, while Donne Dawson from the Hawaii Film Office takes on the 2nd vice-chair position.

Other returning board officers include treasurer Karen Carberry Warhola from the Maine Film Commission, 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,” said AFCI president Jess Conoplia. “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.” 

“It’s a privilege to serve the members of AFCI as board chair,” said Clark. “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. 
--Partnering with other organizations such as TIME’S UP Entertainment 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.” 

This year’s 3rd Annual AFCI Week will be held in Los Angeles March 30–April 3, while the 44th Annual Cineposium will be held in Buffalo Niagara September 15–19.

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