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A short introduction to:
THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILM CRITICS
(FIPRESCI)
 
 
FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics,
has been in existence for more than 60 years. As early
as 1925, some French and Belgian critics founded a
"Professional Association of Cinematografic Press",
and during a Cinema Congress in Paris the following year,
the first steps were taken to form FIPRESCI. This was
definitively established at the Cinema Congress in Brussels
in 1930 - the name itself being decided upon a year later.
 
The basic purpose of the organisation, which now has
>national sections in over 40 countries all over the world
>(including the U.S.), is to encourage new and young cinema
>and to promote national cinema wherever it is to be found.
 
With this aim in mind, FIPRESCI organises International
Critic's Juries at many festivals, including Cannes, and
the citations given are of considerable value to the
film-makers concerned. These juries are completely independent
 of the festival organisations which assist them, and the
awards are thus much respected within the film community.
 
FIPRESCI also organises conferences and seminars all over
the world and is increasingly playing a part in a number
of cultural activities designed to protect and encourage
independent film-making and national cinema. It is also
a member of the International Commission for Cinema
and Television, part of UNESCO.
 
Finally, FIPRESCI defends the rights and interests of
professional film critics and writers on film, and makes
efforts to improve their working conditions whenever possible.
 
President: Derek Malcolm (Great Britain).
Vice-presidents: Nenad Dukic (Yugoslavia), Dan Fainaru (Israel),
Umberto Rossi (Italy), Jean Roy (France).
General Secretary: Klaus Eder, Munich.
 
For further information please contact Klaus Eder:
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Klaus Eder Munich
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