On the occasion of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) held from February 26 to March 5, the European commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, announced the launch of a number of new cultural support projects for the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) states.
The press release issued by Association pour le développement culturel européen et international (ADCEI) notes that "this is a new EU–ACP program to bring together the ACP Cultures and ACP Films programs. It involves the 78 ACP states that have signed the Cotonou Agreement (Southern Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific). The program's overall aim is to help combat poverty through the emergence and consolidation of viable cultural industries in ACP countries and to bolster their contribution to social and economic development and the preservation of cultural diversity."
A call for proposals was therefore launched. It has two parts: one relating to cinema and broadcasting (ACP Films II), the other to the Support Program for Cultural Industries (ACP Cultures II), which seeks to foster an environment conducive to creativity, exchanges, and an independent and viable cultural sector in ACP states while stressing the importance of cultural diversity.
Proposals must be submitted by June 30, 2011. For more information on submissions, please visit the European Commission website.