Directorate of european and international affairs

The European and International Affairs Directorate (DAEI) develops and implements the CNC's overall policy and strategy as pertains to:

  • International cinematographic and audio-visual co-production:
    • handling the negotiation, development and monitoring of bilateral co-production agreements between France and foreign countries and the Council of Europe convention on cinematographic co-production;
    • coordinating the dedicated cinematographic and audio-visual support mechanisms: Aide aux cinemas du monde (in partnership with the Institut français), bilateral support funds for co-development and co-production (with Germany, Italy, Portugal and Tunisia);
    • representing France within the Council of Europe's multilateral fund to support coproduction (Eurimages).
  • The CNC's international cooperation:
    • maintaining bilateral relations with CNC's counterparts in foreign countries, in conjunction with the French Foreign Affairs and the European and French diplomatic network;
    • working towards objectives promoting the French-speaking world: the DAEI coordinates the Fonds pour la jeune création francophone (fund dedicated to the French Speaking countries in Africa and Haiti) on behalf of all French and foreign partners;
    • managing the “DEENTAL-ACP” support scheme with the financial collaboration of the European Union and the support of the organization of ACP states (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific);
    • supporting worldwide cinematography and structuring initiatives contributing to the development, production and distribution of cinematographic and audio-visual works: the CNC supports various festivals, relevant professional platforms, associations, and writers’ residencies or workshops based in France or abroad;
    • launching exceptional funds or programs such as the emergency fund for Lebanese film professionals.
    • developing and proposing, for the attention of foreign countries, a range of international expertise in the field of public policies in favour of cinema and the audio-visual sector.
  • International promotion for French works and the promotion of the national territory abroad, in conjunction with dedicated professional organizations supported by the CNC such as UniFrance, TV France International and Film France.
    • managing the funds to support the promotion of cinematographic works abroad, the promotion and sale of audio-visual programmes abroad;
    • running the Aide aux Cinémas du Monde distribution (ACMD) scheme, cofinanced by the European Union;
    • managing the system for granting partial and conditional relief along with loans for the acquisition, promotion and prospecting of works abroad granted by IFCIC;
    • supporting the digitisation program and the coordination of theatres belonging to the French cultural network abroad.

It contributes to promoting cultural diversity and ensures that the principle of cultural exception is upheld in multilateral organisations (WTO, OECD, UNESCO, etc.) and international trade agreements.
It participates, in conjunction with the Financial and Legal Department, in developing and managing the European Union policy in the sector of cinema and audiovisual.