International Council for Film Television and Audiovisual Communication

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International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT)
Type NGO
Headquarters Paris

The International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) is the UNESCO advisory body on all matters concerned with film, television and new media. It has functioned for over 50 years as an independent NGO in official partnership with UNESCO, and is one of the select few to be based at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.


Under the chairmanship of Professor Paul Rivet, in 1955, UNESCO organized a series of consultations to further the work of the International Institute of Educational Cinema, which was previously affiliated to the League of Nations.

On the occasion of the General Conference of UNESCO, held in New Delhi in 1958, the project of establishing an International Institute of Cinema and Television was presented by Professor Mario Verdone, Head of the Italian Delegation, and approved. The study was entrusted to Jean Benoit-Levy, filmmaker, honorary director of the United Nations Cinema, assisted by a group of twelve international experts.

The Constitutional Charter of ICFT was signed on 23 October 1958. The most important federations and associations working in the field of audiovisuals and media became the founding members of the ICFT.

In 1980, with the emergence of new technologies, Professor Enrico Fulchignoni, Director of Artistic and Literary Creation at UNESCO and President of the ICFT, decided to add audiovisual communication to the missions of the counsel.

Since the creation of the ICFT, the presidency has been succeeded by: John Maddison (ISFA), Jean d'Arcy (RTF-UN), Raymond Ravar (CILECT), Mario Verdone (CIDALC), Fred Orain (Production), Enrico Fulchignoni (UNESCO), Gérard Bolla (UNESCO) Christopher Roads (British Library), Jean Rouch (CIFES), Daniel Van Espen (Signis), Pierpaolo Saporito (OCCAM), Jean-Michel Arnold (Camera) and Hisanori Isomura (NHK).

The ICFT is currently managed by an Executive Bureau, chaired by H.E Ambassador Inoussa Ousseini, Permanent Delegate of Niger to UNESCO, film director. Mr. Georges Dupont (ORTF-TDF-INA-UNESCO) is the Director General and Ms. Lola Poggi Goujon, former civil servant of UNESCO, is the Secretary General.

Official partner of UNESCO[edit]

The ICFT is the only organisation which has the UNESCO remit to bring together, on an international level, every professional body concerned with audiovisual communication including those concerned with new media.[1]

There are 327 NGOs in "official" relations with UNESCO. Of these, there are 86 which are in "formal" relations with UNESCO. Of these, there are 22 which are in "associate" relations with UNESCO.[2] Of these "official, formal, associate" NGOs, the ICFT is one of ten whose headquarters are at the UNESCO offices in Paris.

The aim of the ICFT is to:

  • stimulate the creation and promote the production and distribution of high standard audiovisual works;
  • advise international organizations and States on the implementation of artistic, educational and industrial policies;
  • create a synergy among creators, professionals and media executives by developing collaboration within its members, especially in the service of the broad orientations of UNESCO;
  • set up an arena where different professionals in the field of audiovisual, especially the young people can present their views and suggestions to an international audience;
  • encourage training and research in all audiovisual areas, including media education, and offer a space for reflection on the development of technologies in the service of creation, education and culture;
  • contribute to the efforts of development of communication, especially in the field of free flow of information.

The ICFT celebrated its 50th birthday at UNESCO on 23 October 2008.

Officers and Executive Committee[edit]


Inoussa Ousseini, Niger’s ambassador to UNESCO and Head of Niger’s permanent delegation at UNESCO

Vice presidents[edit]

  • Jean-Michel Arnold: past President of the ICFT, General Secretary of the Cinémathèque Française, President of CAMERA, and General Secretary of RIAVS
  • Serge Michel: representing UNICA
  • Pier Paolo Saporito: past President of the ICFT, President of OCCAM
  • Daniel Van Espen: past President of the ICFT, representing SIGNIS

Executive Member[edit]

  • Jean Roy, President of International Federation of Film Critics

Director General[edit]

  • Georges Dupont, ORTF-TDF-INA-UNESCO

Secretary General[edit]

  • Lola Poggi Goujon, former civil servant of UNESCO


  • Annick Demeule, General Delegate of Rencontres internationales de l’audiovisuel scientifique (RIAVS)


  • Xueyuan HUN

Executive committee[edit]

The executive committee is elected from member organisations and currently[when?] includes representatives of :

Ed Desroches, President
  • CAMERA: Conseil Audiovisuel Mondial pour l'Édition et la Recherche sur l'Art
Jean-Michel Arnold, president
  • CICAE: Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et d'Essai
Sylvie da Rocha, general secretary
  • COPEAM: Conférence Permanente de l'Audiovisuel Méditerranéen[4]
Emmanuel Hoog, president
Alessandra Paradisi, general secretary
  • FIA: Fédération Internationale des Acteurs[5]
Agnete Haaland, president
Dominick Luquer, general secretary
  • OCCAM: Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication[6]
Pier Paolo Saporito, president
  • RIAVS Rencontres Internationales / Image et Science
Jean-Claude Carrière and Robert Silman, presidents
Jean-Michel Arnold and Annick Demeule, general secretaries
  • SIGNIS: World Catholic Association for Communication[7]
Alvito De Souza, general secretary
Daniel Van Espen, representing SIGNIS at the IFTC
Max Hänsli, president
Jan Essing, general secretary
Serge Michel, representing UNICA at the IFTC


The principal role of the IFTC is to be the channel to and from UNESCO for all matters relating to film television audiovisual communication and the new media. This includes i) advising UNESCO on its "Creative Cities of Cinema" program,[9] ii) participating in the planning of UNESCO programmes, iii) being closely associated with UNESCO's Division on "Freedom of Information" within the Culture and Communications sector, iv) carrying out surveys at UNESCO's request, etc.

It also organizes festivals (with the award "Prix du CICT"), workshops (e.g. for training the handicapped in audiovisual techniques) and adult education programs, as well as convening debates and meetings for specialists in education, science or culture.


  1. ^ UNESCO Portal ICFT and Culture section of UNESCO
  2. ^ UNESCO Site The full list of NGOs enjoying official relations with UNESCO
  3. ^ ASIFA Site
  4. ^ COPEAM Site
  5. ^ FIA Site
  6. ^ OCCAM Site
  7. ^ SIGNIS Site
  8. ^ UNICA Site
  9. ^ UNESCO Document How to apply to UNESCO's CREATIVE CITIES Network

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°50′46″N 2°18′19″E / 48.8462°N 2.3053°E / 48.8462; 2.3053