Hi, I am a committee member of the Universal Film & Festival Organization, and I wanted to share this exciting news with you. ~Blessings, Leah:
For Immediate Release London August 2011
Hollywood Star Maureen O Hara joins the Universal Film & Festival Organization as president
Legendary screen actress Maureen O’ Hara takes on the role as president of the Universal Film & Festival Organisation which was set up to promote and implement an ethical code of conduct for film festivals and filmmakers and to help stamp out fraudulent and scam film festivals.
The Universal Film & Festival Organization officially launched on the 1st of July this year and has quickly turned into a global phenomenon. “UFFO” was founded to support and implement an ethical code of conduct for film festivals throughout the world and is an open international organisation.
Frank McCarthy of the UFFO committee said:” In spite of the many obstacles UFFO has faced since its inception; it now has 70 international film festivals, 36 committee members in 23 different countries who are all committee to demonstrating transparency to the industry”
Maureen O’ Hara, famous for her starring roles alongside some of Hollywood's leading men, including Tyrone Power, James Stewart, Henry Fonda and John Wayne now lives in Glengarriff, County Cork Ireland. As well as being the president of the UFFO organization Maureen’s other current roles include overseeing the running of the Maureen O’Hara Foundation which exists to establish a centre of excellence in film studies and The Maureen O’Hara Classic Film Festival which is attended by Maureen and a host of other well-known Hollywood names.
Maureen O Hara speaking from her home in Ireland said: “Every once in a while there is something that stands out and compels us to notice it; I think that is what struck me most about UFFO when it was first brought to my attention. I am so tremendously honoured and proud to be the President of such an international organization that promotes ethics in an industry I love so much”
Commenting on the appointment Tyrone D Murphy, Chairman of UFFO said: “We are honoured and fortunate that Maureen O’ Hara is joining the UFFO organization as our president. She brings a wealth of experience to UFFO with her many years as a Hollywood leading lady and her contribution to UFFO will be substantial”
Membership to UFFO is completely free and is open to all creative individuals, filmmakers and film festivals. The ethical Code of Conduct is completely voluntary and easy to implement, in addition it’s also a blueprint for filmmakers in deciding which film festivals to do business with. http://www.close-upfilm.com/2011/08/hollywood-star-maureen-o-hara-joins-the-universal-film-festival-organization-as-president/