On December 11, 2007, the Council of Europe announced that that the Cross-Border Cinema Culture (CBCC) project had been proposed as a pilot project under the Kyiv Initiative (KI) in November 2007 and accepted by Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The aim of the CBCC project “is to help KI member states take stock of local cultural policies and legislation affecting the film industry and propose changes to make the system more efficient.” The Council indicated that “action will also focus on local heritage preservation issues and their management, the setting-up of multinational (regional and international) cultural and professional networks, targeted professional training and exchange visits between filmmakers, cinema journalists/film critics.”
The Council of Europe press release also noted that “by carrying out the CBCC project within the KI Regional Program, cinema can act as a tool to promote inter-cultural dialogue and improve human relations as it can remain free from political, ideological, racial and religious borders.”
“The CBCC targets common problems faced by KI states and aims to establish a professional “common area” of co-operation and development in the film industry.” According to the Council, this project will focus on the following areas:
Project beneficiaries include:
The main partners of the CBCC project are filmmakers, the ministries of culture of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, the international film festivals held in these countries, and the funds and organizations that already cooperate with these Festivals. The Council of Europe noted that interested countries and organizations are invited to become active partners in this project.
For more information, contact the project coordinators listed here.