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Thursday, 01 March 2007

EU-ACP support the audiovisual sector of the ACP countries

Support to ACP cinema is an important part of cultural cooperation between the European Union and the Group of ACP States within the framework of the 2003 Dakar action plan on the promotion of ACP cultures and cultural industries. In close partnership, the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat elaborated a new EU-ACP Film & Television Programme. It will be managed by the ACP Secretariat and financed by the EU's 9th European Development Fund (EDF). The grants will be allocated to stimulate the emergence or strengthening of production capacities in the ACP film and television industries as well as to improve distribution of film and other audiovisual works originating in the ACP countries – as a priority in those countries, but also in the EU and internationally. The programme has a total fund for grants of 6.5 million euro. It consists of the following three components: support to the production of films by ACP directors; support to the distribution, exhibition and promotion of ACP films and networking of ACP professionals and suupport to training for the professional development of the ACP audiovisual sector.