The Cinema as a Means for Intercultural Dialogue

Back 18 June 2008 16:58
The Council of Europe, in cooperation with "Golden Apricot" Yerevan International Film Festival and RA Ministry of Culture, has initiated The Conference on the Role of the Cinema in encouraging Intercultural Dialogue. The Conference will take place July 18 at the conference hall of RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Conference is organized jointly by the Council of Europe, Japan Foundation and is within the frameworks of the Cross Border Cinema Culture (CBCC) regional project, which is a constituent of Kiev Initiative project of the Council of Europe. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine participate in the project. The Conference aims at discussing the role of film production in the establishment of intercultural dialogue.

The intercultural dialogue has become a priority for the Council of Europe based on the intercultural dialogue (as well s interpolitical and interreligious) action plan, which considers the intercultural dialogue as a source for mutual enrichment of European states and which was adopted by the leaders of participant states and governments at the third summit.
Prominent academicians, film producers, film organizers, media representatives from the Kiev Initiative regional project states as well as other Council of Europe member states: Germany, France, Italy,  and Japan (16 participants from foreign states) will participate in the Conference.

The Conference incorporates the following topics:

1. Cooperation in the film sphere

  • Dialogue between artists
  • Film across borders /joint production/

2. Film distribution and film festivals

  • Film as a source for dialogue
  • Film festival: cultural crater

The executives of a number of European film structures (ACE, FERA, Eurimages), producers, festival organizers from Armenia and foreign states will take part in the conference.

The Conference is partly financed by Japan Foundation.

The Conference participants are:
Jonathan Davis, moderator, Copenhagen European Film and Film Policy Center
Holly Aylett, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, United Kingdom
Irene Bignardi, film producer, Italy
Milana Christitch, head of the European art Exchange Center, Strasbourg
Cecile Despringre, European Federation of Audiovisual Directors, Belgium
Defne Gursoy, journalist, French International Radio
Susanna Harutyunyan, art director, Golden Apricot film festival
Kenichi Okubo, film critic, Japan
Simon Perry, European film studio (ACE)
Ewa Puszczynska, producer, Opus film, Poland
Alexander Shpilyuk, member, Kiev Molodist International film festival committee
Christian Zeender, film director and producer, Caucasus media director
Anna Trigona, project coordinator, Culture and Culture and Natural Heritage Unit, Council of Europe.

The "Golden Apricot" Yerevan 5-th International Film Festival is conducted with the support of RA Ministry of Culture. The general sponsor of the Festival is VivaCell.

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