Filmauro head Aurelio De Laurentiis has been re-elected president of Italy's union of film producers for a second two-year term.

Seven vice-presidents were also elected: these are Filiberto Bandini, Giovanni Bertolucci, (Facing Windows) Tilde Corsi, Filmexport's Roberto Di Girolamo, Rai Cinema's Giancarlo Leone, Medusa's Giampaolo Letta and Cattleya's Riccardo Tozzi.

"Over the last two years, my mandate has been to reinforce the importance of film companies on the market as well as the role of the film producer," De Laurentiis said.

"I am convinced that some big steps have been taken in that direction, although there are still a lot of problems. The main problem is the fight against piracy. Production companies must be protected by the law against the savage downloading [of films] that is indiscriminately carried out on the Internet."