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UNESCO and the European Union donate computer equipment for the training of young Caribbean filmmakers
6 April 2023/ UNESCO Havana

On 31 March 2023, the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, Anne Lemaistre, and the Director of the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba (EICTV, as per its Spanish acronym), Susana Molina, formalized a donation of 90,000 euros worth of computer equipment for the school. This contribution is funded by the European Union in the framework of the programme Transcultura: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity, implemented by UNESCO.

The computers and other technological supplies will be used to equip two audio studios at the EICTV for face-to-face courses in film sound and sound editing for students from the Caribbean, as part of the activities of the Transcultura programme. The EICTV is one of the seven institutions that constitute the Caribbean Cultural Training Hub, promoted by Transcultura to strengthen the capacities of young professionals in the cultural and creative industries in this region.

"The EICTV is one of the few schools that graduates specialists in sound for film and television. We are grateful to UNESCO and to the European Union for the opportunity to upgrade our equipment, which will certainly contribute to the training of technical specialists and to the production of films."
Jerónimo Labrada, Deputy Director and Cofounder of the EICTV

This donation adds to other equipment already delivered, including computer storage devices, a 3D printer, a laser projector, network switches, an air conditioner and dehumidifiers for the sound studios, among others. In addition to ensuring the delivery of the courses planned within the framework of the programme, this equipment will strengthen the school's capacities as an educational institution of reference in the region.

More than 1,000 people from 62 countries have graduated from the EICTV’s regular programme since its establishment in 1986, including winners of major international awards. Originally targeting students from Latin America, Africa and Asia, it is now open to students from all over the world. EICTV is known by its teaching philosophy of ‘learning by doing’, with teachers who are active filmmakers.

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