Participant profile: Cécile Despringre

It’s France’s turn now, where we find Cécile Despringre.

Cécile Despringre

Cécile Despringre

Cécile studied International and European law at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and obtained a Masters in International Economic Law in 1996 (her thesis was on the audiovisual sector in WTO).

After a first job as the permanent representative of European performers in Brussels and a traineeship at the Delegation of the European Commission to International Organisations in Geneva, she started working in 1997 as the European Affairs Officer of SACD (a French audiovisual authors’ rights collective management society) in Brussels and became the legal advisor of FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) and AIDAA (International Association of Audiovisual Authors).

In 2001, she moved to SACD headquarters in Paris and was promoted Deputy Director for European affairs and Trade Negotiations in 2002. From this period, she has been involved in the movement of the Coalitions for Cultural Diversity, a gathering of cultural organizations supporting the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in 2005.

In 2006, Cécile became the CEO of the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) which represents 36 directors’ organisations from 27 European countries. During three years, she managed this network whose mission is to enhance the recognition of the cultural significance of audiovisual works, to defend their creative integrity and the economic and creative rights of directors.

Since October 2009, Cécile has been the Executive Director of SAA (Society of Audiovisual Authors), a new European organisation of audiovisual authors’ collective management societies, which defends writers and directors’ rights and remuneration at the European


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