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Director of Utah Film Commission joins leadership of worldwide network of film commissioners

Utah Film Commission director Virginia Pearce has been elected to the 2017 board of directors of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). The AFCI is the foremost global resource for film, television and video production, according to a news release.

"Virginia is a leading figure amongst film commissioners from around the world and her election to the board is a testament to this," AFCI Chairman Kevin Jennings said in the news release. "Her expertise and experience will be a great asset to the AFCI.”

The AFCI was founded in 1975 as a nonprofit education association and now represents more than 300 film commission members in 45 countries, according to the news release. The international board is made up of 11 members who serve a two-year term.

“AFCI connects the film industry to resources around the world,” Pearce said. “I’m honored to help expand the reach of this organization and for Utah to be represented in the leadership of this kind of global network.”

According to the news release, Utah's Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission was established in 1949 and is the longest running film commission in North America. It was created to help give film companies a local government liaison to coordinate shooting western films on location.

Today, the Utah Film Commission markets the state as a destination for film production and serves as a liaison to the film industry by facilitating production needs across the state. More than 900 films have been produced in Utah, according to the news release. For more information, visit film.utah.gov.