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Sarajevo : International Round Table on Cultural Diversity and the Future of the Film Industry in SEE

UNESCO has announced it will hold an international round table on cultural diversity and the future of the film industry in SEE:

"Organized within UNESCO’s general framework of activities related to the promotion of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the event scheduled to take place during the 16th Sarajevo Film Festival’s Regional Forum will gather major stakeholders from the Film industry from the SEE region.

The Regional Forum aims to offer a discussion framework for relevant national/regional film organizations and professionals from Southeast Europe, who are experiencing major changes and transformations in policies and mechanisms related to financing, production, distribution. While new opportunities are evident, in particular as a result of technological progress and its potential impact on an improved access to films, established film business models are proving unsustainable as films are not finding a fair share on screens region-wide. It is therefore opportune to develop new and innovative business models for the film industry sector. The Regional Forum will therefore address the following issues: Comprehensive and effective film policies; Transparency and accountability; Co-production; Circulation; Digitization; Outreach and Young audiences.

Within this overall framework, the UNESCO Venice Office will support the Internation Round Table on Cultural Diversity and the future of the Film industry in South-East Europe to be held in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) from 28-29 July 2010 with the aim to promote the diversity of cultural expressions in South Eastern Europe (SEE), with a view to highlighting the role of cultural industries, in particular the film industry, as a means of enhancing creative capacities, intercultural dialogue and sustainable development. The Round table will address major issues pertaining to public financing structures, film education structures, legal European and international frameworks, distribution supporting financial schemes, film festivals, piracy, programming and marketing policies, development, production, promotion, distribution and training schemes" UNESCO indicated.

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