In March 1996, SACEM signed an agreement with the American guilds and trade association representing creators of film and television shows: the Directors Guild of America (DGA) the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), and the Motion Picture Association (MPA). This unique partnership was designed with the goal of creating a common Cultural Fund to promote and teach the art of filmmaking.
The result of the partnership is the Franco-American Cultural Fund. Financed with Private Copy levy funds, this partnership promotes film creativity on both sides of the Atlantic by helping to encourage budding talent and to foster a dialogue between professionals. In both the U.S. and France, the fund sponsors original programs, featuring comprehensive artistic assistance, professional advice and financial aid for cultural projects.
COLCOA French Film Festival
A week of French films in April in the heart of Hollywood, at the theatres of the Directors Guild of America.
Deauville – Michel d’Ornano Award
Created in 1991 in memory of Michel d’Ornano, Mayor of Deauville, the award honors a French director whose work is brought to the screen for the first time.
ARP Film Forum in Dijon
A three-day forum in October, during which European Directors, Writers and Producers and other film industry professionals meet to discuss issues related to global cinema. A FACF delegation participates in the panels and events.
The Fund support this sucessful program, which brings French films to American university campuses, at the initiative of the FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation, in association with the French Embassy in the U.S.
FRANCO-AMERICAN CULTURAL FUND
Honorary President: Costa-Gavras
President: Jean-Noel Tronc, SACEM
Taylor Hackford, DGA
Michael Mann, DGA
Jay D. Roth, DGA
Charles Rivkin, MPA
Stanford McCoy, MPA
Cécile Rap-Veber, SACEM
Andrea Berloff, WGAW
Howard Rodman, WGAW
Charles B. Slocum, WGAW
DGA: Andrea Scott
MPA: Debi Bois / Francesca Craig
WGAW: Tiffany Slater