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European Film Promotion

An Innovative Network of European Promotion and Export Agencies

European Film Promotion (EFP) was established in 1997. With 22 national export and promotion organisations from 23countries, EFP is uniquely positioned to promote and market European cinema - and the talent behind it - throughout the world. Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board is a member.

EFP's mandate is three-fold:

  1. to increase the visibility of European films at key international film festivals and markets via the presentation of high-profile press, industry and public events,
  2. to design initiatives at selected festivals and markets which offer European filmmakers greater access to the international marketplace;
  3. and to promote and support Europe's up-and-coming filmmaking talent.


EFP has sought out partner festivals and markets which are highly regarded - both culturally and commercially - by the international industry. In addition, the festivals offer a challenging and diverse programme of European films for the public. At all of its events, EFP also provides extensive services to European companies through the sharing of resources under the EFP umbrella.

EFP partner-festivals and markets include: Berlin International Film Festival, Buenos Aires Festival of Independent Cinema, Cannes International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival, and American Film Market.

Since its inception, EFP has focused attention on the international appeal and marketability of young European cinema. EFP initiatives spotlighting Europe's vibrant, up-and-coming talent-base have garnered attention and acclaim throughout the industry. From "Shooting Stars" at the Berlin International Film Festival to "Producers on the Move" at Cannes, EFP has drawn the attention of the international press and public to new European films and the talent behind them.

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