Since 2001, the European Film Agency Directors, first known as EFAD, brings together Directors of European Film Agencies, bodies in charge of the funding and/or of regulation of the cinema creation from 31 countries in Europe.
Having functioned over the years as informal network for collaboration, coordination and exchange of ideas on issues of common interest with regard to European audiovisual policy, the EFAD became on 9 December 2014 an Association of the European Film Agency Directors, known already as EFADs, of the 28 Member-States of the European Union plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
The main issues that the EFADs are discussing nowadays are: the digital change, the copyright and the fight against piracy, the media literacy etc.
The association's non-profit making aim of international interest is to ensure the existence of an environment conducive to the development of a European policy that supports audiovisual and cinematographic creativity in Europe and which guarantees the effective distribution of European works both in Europe and worldwide.
The EFADs meet on a regular basis during the Film Festivals in Berlin (in February), in Cannes (in May) and in San Sebastian (in September).