Who are we?
Founded in 1996 on the initiative of Sacem, the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF) is a unique partnership between Sacem (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music) and the two American guilds, Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), subsequently joined by the Motion Picture Association (MPA). FACF is funded by revenue from private copying in France for the purpose of promoting cultural exchange between France and the United States around a common passion for cinematographic and television creation.
This is the background for the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF).
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« At the heart of the discussions we began with each other was our belief that while cultures have nationality, artists and their art should not—art is to be shared regardless of nationality. Our goal became to improve and expand the communication and the cultural exchange between creators and our industries in France and the U.S.; we wanted to turn the dispute we had witnessed into something better and enduring. The FACF became our answer. »
Jay D. Roth, DGA National Executive Director
« I’m especially pleased that last year we approved a tagline for the Fund that truly expresses its meaning: “Two countries, one passion”. Our ambition is indeed to promote the cultural relationship between our two countries through our actions for film restoration and promotion.»
Jean-Noël Tronc, Sacem CEO, FACF President
« This historical agreement is a wonderful way of fostering better understanding between the French and the Americans. As a film director and teacher, I believe in the supreme power of film to unveil essential human truths. Thanks to the exchange program within this new Franco-American cultural agreement, filmmakers from both countries will have a great opportunity to learn a lot of truths about themselves. »
Franck Pierson, former President of WGA
« This Franco-American cultural agreement constitutes a further link between the two most important and creative movie industries. It will help us to raise the level of relations between France and the United States. The synergy between filmmaking talent and creative innovation will benefit both industries. I commend this initiative and intend to do everything to make it a success. »
Jack Valenti, President and CEO of MPA
It is funded in France by resources from private copying. Its Honorary Chair is film director Costa-Gavras.
« I have been involved with the FACF almost from the start. I’ve watched its evolution: this relationship between the film worlds is essential and must absolutely be maintained. It’s a true friendship, each learns about the other and at the same time represents their own interests. »
Promoting creation on both sides of the Atlantic
Stimulating dialog between professionals from both countries
Creation of the Franco-American Cultural Fund
Creation of the COLCOA Festival
Création of the ARP Film Forum in Dijon
Creation of master classes (until 2006)
Creation of summer schools (until 2009)
Creation of Autumn Stories (until 2010)
French television programs added to the COLCOA Festival
20th anniversary of the FACF