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Caribbean Cameras of Diversity

A way to implement the 2005 Convention

Over 10 years ago, specialists from the Culture sector and the Communication and Information sector of the UNESCO Office in Havana created the Cameras of Diversity regional project. Its main objective was to show the value of diversity and local cultures through the audiovisual and the cinema.
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Since 2012, a new formulation of the project is underway at the sub-regional level. Under the title Caribbean Cameras of Diversity, a series of actions have been designed to improve the performance of the sector in the sub-region relative to economic factors, social and cultural integration, and employment job generation. The project is conceived as a road map helping all key partners and actors in the region to join forces and coordinate actions that strengthen the sector. Some of the partners of the project include the New Latin American Cinema Foundation (FNCL) and its academic project, the San Antonio International Film and Television School (EICTV) in Artemisa, Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Cinema Art and Industry (ICAIC), the Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival, the Caribbean Association of Film Festivals (ACFC), and the Caribbean Association of Film Commission (ACCC).

A specialised workshop to improve capacity building in festival management

The first action foreseen within the framework of the sub-regional project is a specialised capacity-building activity for film festival managers and directors in the region. Its aim is to strengthen these spaces so they can serve as platforms to provide visibility and contribute to the distribution and insertion of productions made in the Caribbean in regional and international commercial circuits. For this purpose, a technical team has been formed to assess festival needs and priorities. Through a questionnaire jointly prepared by UNESCO Havana, FNCL, EICTV, and ICAIC with the help of experts from the Caribbean and important European film festivals, the quality and characteristics of the festivals will be evaluated in order to design a context-specific programme and effectively select the content and facilitators for the workshop.

The week-long workshop will take place from 13 to 19 December at the facilities of the San Antonio de los Baos International Film and Television School, in Artemisa, Cuba. The process of selecting participants, facilitators and the elaboration of final draft of the programme is still a work in progress.

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