Community cinema in Latin America and the Caribbean “is almost as invisible, as the communities that it represents,” says leading expert Alfonso Gumucio Dagron.
A ground-breaking IFCD-funded study involving experts from different countries recently revealed the growing importance of community cinema across 14 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
“Cultural diversity holds keys to releasing the creative energies societies need today.”
More and more countries in Asia-Pacific are investing in cultural industries as a key part of their socioeconomic progress. A timely three-day forum organised in May brought representatives of 33 countries together in Dhaka.
“The training gave me a solid base to organize a big event in a professional way, [...] with a practical and appropriate approach.”
An IFCD-supported training center is assisting young industry professionals across West Africa to gain specialist skills in the performing arts.
"The project gave businesses the opportunity to benefit from the creativity of artists and helped artists to establish links with businesses."
IFCD support helped breathe new life into Madagascar’s most well-known local textile-based creative industry - lambahoany.
The 2010 funding cycle of projects is coming to an end. Here are some interesting facts and figures about the 31 projects that received funding. They all helped strengthen cultural industries through activities that developed policies, capacities or markets.
19 were driven by non-government organizations, while 12 were implemented by public bodies. Most had awareness-raising components. Detailed results information will be available on our website soon.
“I have learned to look at life from a different perspective and use the channels around me to tell stories.”
A new IFCD-supported audio-visual training centre has helped indigenous youth in Guatemala gain cultural industry jobs.
“We have published the first catalogue of films and audiovisual works available in our repository, and it is being distributed to local and international television stations for sale.”
Boosting access to regional audiovisual material, an IFCD-supported project has created the first database of central African cinematographic and audiovisual productions.
“The Seminar in March brought together, for the first time, officials from different Ministries. Few were aware of the Convention and over three days they learnt about its basic principles.”
Government officials are drawing on IFCD support to understand how the 2005 Convention can help nurture their growing creative industries.
“It is very rare for artists to find affordable training and development opportunities that are practical.”
The IFCD-supported project involved establishing student selection criteria, procedures and designing intensive one-year courses, helping to meet market demand for creative skills and expertise.