The European Film Export Association (EFEA) has named their arbitrators - 16 in all- whose role will be to assist in resolving problems that crop up between exporters and distributors - the association's president Jacques-Eric Strauss, and vice president Adrianna Chiesa told ScreenDaily.

The 16 arbitrators completed a training session in Paris this spring and can help EFEA and non-EFEA exporters in the resolving of disputes.

Jacques-Eric Strauss told ScreenDaily: 'The European arbitration is now definitely in place, and will be very efficient for all the European companies. It costs less money (than IFTA) and arbitrations can be done more quickly.'

The arbitrators are:

Jerome Paillard from the Marche du Film de Cannes
Jean-Paul de Vidas from Les Films 26
Margaret Menegoz from Les Films du Losange/Unifrance
Alain Vannier from Ocean from Orly Films
Jean-Paul Commin CEO of FTD (France Television Distribution)

Roberto di Girolamo from FilmExport Group
Fulvio Lucisano from Italian International Film

D. Jose Maria Otero
M. Jesus Hernandez from Fundacion Cultural Mediadesk Espana
Antoni Kirchner from the Film School of Catalunya

Tomas Von Petersdorff-Campen from Petersdorff Keim Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft MBH
Jochem Strate from Export Film Bischoff & Co.
Dieter Menz from Atlas Intl Film

Bertil Sandgren (consultant)

Klaus Hansen, Head of Danish Producers Association

John M. Jacobsen from Filmkameratene

The website of the EFEA is where details for arbitration rules can be found.

Adrianna Chiesa said: 'Our goal is to strengthen the role and defend the image of European Film exporters, to exchange views and to resolve problems regarding the exporting of European films.'

The 23-company strong EFEA was formed in 2003. Members include France's Wild Bunch and Gaumont; Germany's Atlas Film International and Bavaria Film International; Italy's FilmExport Group, Intramovies and Adrianna Chiesa Enterprises, Nonstop sales from Sweden, Kevin Williams Associates International in Spain among others.