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					IMPLEMENTATION
    REPORT


   2002 - 2003
UNESCO’s Programme for Creative Content
      Projects Implemented in 2002 - 2003




       UNESCO Activities




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UNESCO’s Programme for Creative Content

Summary of Projects Implemented in 2002 – 2003

Training Activities:
     Asian television documentary workshop organized with ABU and Korean Broadcasting System
     Organization of training courses for the educational TV staff in El Salvador
     Training courses organized for the Macedonian News Agency
     Scriptwriting workshop for TV fiction in Sri Lanka in collaboration with ScriptNet
     Oral Testimony – Life History Radio Programme Training and Production in Gambia, Sierra Leone,
        Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria, in cooperation with Panos Institute West Africa
     Support for an African Item Exchange for Children’s Television Programmes in collaboration with
        Prix Jeunesse, URTNA, SABA and UNICEF
     Organization of a World Forum on Local Cultural Expression and Communication, in collaboration
        with CLT and FED
     Training seminar on Children’s Programming in Albania organized with Prix Jeunesse for Eastern
        European producers and programmers
     Development of video training tutorials for independent filmmakers in cooperation with the Public
        Service Broadcasting Trust in India (PSBT)

Production Activities:
     Co-production of Cambodian film S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine , in cooperation with
        French INA and Arte
     Supported film and television schools of India, Burkina Faso, Romania, Israel and Mexico for the
        production of short fiction films on intercultural dialogue
     Production of Le dilemme d’Eya (Togo, 2003)
     Production of 56-minute documentary A Story of People in War and Peace (Armenia, 2003)
     Production of Great Spectacles! (Nigeria, 2002)
     Production of La Lutte contre les pauvres (Mali, 2002)
     Production of Afro@digital (Congo, 2000), a documentary on the digital revolution in Africa


Distribution/Dissemination/Showcasing Activities:
     Showcasing of African documentaries on conflicts in Central Africa and the Great Lakes region
         during the International Conference on Intercultural Dialogue and Culture of Peace
     Travel case sent to Samoa for broadcasting on Women’s Day
     Travel case with 100 productions offered to Radio Television Afghanistan
     Organization of Open Frame 2003 in India, an international forum on public service broadcasting
         and cultural diversity
     Submission of two documentary films from Togo and Congo to the Festival Medias Nord-Sud
     Submission of two documentary films from Congo and Cambodia to URTI’s Grand Prize Festival,
         silver medal awarded
     Setting-up of a UNESCO’s Audiovisual E-Platform, containing high quality productions from Africa,
         Asia and Latin America




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Training and Production Activities




                   Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) / UNESCO
                        Workshop for Asian TV Content Makers

        A TV Documentary Workshop, organized by UNESCO and the Asia-
        Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and hosted by the Korean
        Broadcasting System (KBS), took place in Suwon and Seoul, Republic
        of Korea, from 10 to 14 June 2003. It was attended by 30 producers
        from 14 different Asian countries: Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China,
        Egypt, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore,
        Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

        Organized around the theme of TV portraits or personality profiles,
        the event comprised three distinct parts:

        • a workshop consisting of screening of and debates on television
        programmes produced by the participants and proposed to ABU for
        exchange;

        • a Special Training Session showcasing outstanding TV portrait
        models (or personality profiles) from all over the world, with emphasis
        on unusual international content providers; and

        • an on-demand service, with additional challenging programmes
        coming from all regions of the world (with a focus on Africa, Asia and
        Latin America) for the viewing and professional enrichment of
        participants.

        The main objective of this activity was to:

        • improve the exchange of television content among participating
        Asian countries;

        • provide a training opportunity to the participants through the
        analysis of their own works, as well as the work of other
        professionals from around the globe.




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Training Activities




                    Cultural and Educational TV Making in El Salvador

         UNESCO supported the Television Cultural Educativa of El Salvador
         by providing a team of two highly recognized filmmakers, who held an
         intensive training program for the channel’s production staff, including
         its directors, cameramen and scriptwriters.

         The project focused on scriptwriting for cultural programmes,
         providing new ideas, new formats and innovative approaches to
         different social and cultural subjects, which present new challenges to
         the Salvadorian public. The training programme also covered indoor
         and outdoor camera work and the treatment of images and sounds.
         The trainers also offered advice on the use of sound recording
         equipment, proper application of music and sound effects, as well as
         an overview of digital sound treatment.

         The practical phase of the training included actual exercise of
         scriptwriting, filming, editing, post-production, evaluation and
         improvement of the participants’ work. Young professionals and
         female directors were given the highest priority in this programme.




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Training Activities




           Training Courses Organized For Macedonian Information Agency

        UNESCO organized several cycles of training courses for the current
        and future correspondents of the Macedonian Information Agency
        (MIA).

        The project included training focused on the introduction of basic
        journalism practices for MIA’s future and current correspondents, who
        also work for the local media. There was a special focus on the
        journalist’s role in times of crises, especially in conflict situations like
        that of Macedonia in 2001.

        The main goal of this project was to improve professionalism of the
        MIA correspondents, including avoidance of manipulation. Different
        issues were also covered such as journalistic practices, non-partisan
        information coverage, objectivity, ethics and professional conduct
        particularly during social crisis, conflict and war and promoting social
        participation of local communities.

        Some one hundred MIA professionals benefited from these training
        courses.




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Training and Production Activities




                FILMING THE PEACE PROCESS IN SRI LANKA:
                Tamil and Singhalese Scripts Ready for Production

         Responding to the lack of dramatised work about the war and peace
        process in Sri Lanka, UNESCO is supporting the production of locally
        written, directed and produced short films in this country. The
        objective is to strengthen creativity and to help so far undiscovered
        Tamil film-makers to get access to the mainstream TV and film
        industry.

        UNESCO’s support is provided within the framework of larger
        development project “Reel Peace” that is being implemented by
        ScriptNet, a UK based training charity and production company, in
        collaboration with the Sri Lankan Media Training Institute and the
        University of Jaffna, with the support by the British Council and UK's
        Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Reel Peace’s aim is to foster an
        integrated Tamil and Singhalese media through the training of
        directors, producers and scriptwriters, increasing the technical
        capacity    of    the    Sri   Lankan    TV    and     film   industry.

        Four short films are expected to be produced before the end of 2003.
        UNESCO and ScriptNet will then show-case the Sri Lankan talent to
        an international audience .




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Training and Production Activities




          Gambia-Sierra Leone-Liberia-Ghana-Nigeria: Oral Testimony – Life
          History Radio Programme Training and Production in cooperation with
          Panos Institute West Africa


          UNESCO collaborated with the Panos Institute West Africa (PIWA) for
          an Oral Testimony training and production project, resulting in 12
          radio documentaries produced and broadcasted through some 300
          community radio stations in eight Western African countries. The
          PIWA works with media and civil society organizations to strengthen a
          culture of peace and democracy.

          Oral testimonies are radio documentaries that treat several topics
          depicting different ethnic and religious groups and how they interface,
          integrate and reconcile in a changing environment. The methodology
          of oral testimony is based on a specific interview method using
          testimonies of the local populations.

          This training and production project focused on the life of youngsters
          in a complex and multicultural surrounding. Through these radio
          programmes, the views of the youngsters themselves, often ignored
          by traditional urban media, are expressed. The ultimate objective of
          this initiative was to increase intercultural awareness and sensitising
          young generations on humanity’s need for tolerance, dialogue and
          peace.

          This project was supported within the framework of UNESCO’s
          international venture “Intensifying the Dialogue among Communities,
          Cultures and Civilizations”.




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Training Activities




           African Item Exchange for Children’s Television Programmes in
                                     Botswana

       UNESCO contributed to the organization of the African Item Exchange
       for Children’s Television Programmes together with Prix Jeunesse
       and in collaboration with the Union of National Radio and Television
       Organizations of Africa (URTNA), SABA and UNICEF.

       The African Item Exchange brought children’s television programme
       producers from a selection of African countries to spearhead the
       production of authentic and high quality television programmes for
       their respective audiences. Problems faced by children’s television
       producers and programmes in Africa are the limited budgets made
       available by African TV stations to produce children’s programmes;
       the import of a high number of children’s programmes; difficulties in
       getting the desired airtime; undermined importance of children’s
       programming ; and the lack of equipment and human resources. The
       organization of workshops such as the African Item Exchange is an
       attempt to provide a low-cost mechanism for programme item
       exchange and production; increasing levels of local content made
       available to African children.

       The event took place in Gabarone, Botswana in October 2003.
       UNESCO facilitated the participation of African producers from their
       different television stations in this ICT-enhanced training and
       exchange experience.




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Training Activities




             World Forum on Local Cultural Expression and Communication
                       Dominican Republic, 3-6 November 2003

         UNESCO organized an international forum on local cultural expression
         and communication in Dominican Republic on 3-6 November 2003, in
         collaboration with CLT and FED. The forum tackled issues such as
         safeguarding endangered cultures through communication; producing
         local content as an expression of cultural diversity; and promoting
         communication policies with an emphasis on cultural diversity and
         local content.

         The forum gathered prominent scholars and practitioners to discuss
         the following issues:
              Research and other initiatives, as well as best practices for
                 safeguarding and promoting marginalized indigenous cultures
              Production of a common set of guidelines for ethical research
                 or project
              Concrete proposals for UNESCO activities for the safeguarding
                 of marginalized indigenous cultures
              The roles and strategies of communication for cultural
                 expression and intercultural dialogue
              Globalization and the expression of local cultures: the current
                 trends and terms of local content production and dissemination
                 in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America
              Promotion of the expression of cultural diversity through the
                 identification and mobilisation of successful local content
                 networks and models




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Training Activities




      Training Seminar on Children’s Programming For Eastern European Producers
                                 Albania, October 2003

        UNESCO collaborated with Stiftung Prix Jeunesse International in the
        organization of a training seminar on children’s programming for the
        Eastern European region.

        Key television producers of children’s programming in the region,
        including professionals working for public service broadcasters and
        independent producers, will participate in a high-level training course
        aimed at upgrading the professional skills of producers of children’s
        programming.

        The training course was hands-on and based on actual screenings of
        successful, educational and culturally diverse children’s programmes.
        At the same time, a hands-on training course on scriptwriting was
        also held.




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Training and Production Activities




                 Video Production Basics for Independent Filmmakers


        UNESCO and the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) of India
        produced a series of instructional “how to” videos that introduces
        potential and practicing filmmakers to the elements of independent
        documentary film production, particularly its processes and
        techniques.

        The objective of this training and production project was to facilitate
        the democratisation of content by providing basic and easily
        comprehensible self-training materials that are inexpensively
        distributed to potential content creators and to provide basic,
        conceptual and technical understanding of the uses and techniques of
        audio-visual film production with a focus on the independent
        documentary.

        The six instructional video tutorials, accompanied by training manuals,
        teach video production basics for independent filmmakers and for
        those working in community media, public service and public access
        broadcasting.




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Production Activities




                  UNESCO-Supported Film on Genocide in Cambodia
                       Silver Medalist, Monte Carlo TV Festival
                   Selected Feature Film, Cannes Film Festival 2003

        S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, directed by Cambodian
        filmmaker Rithy Panh and produced by the French Institut National de
        l’Audiovisuel (INA) and Arte was awarded the silver medal by the Jury
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        of the 22 URTI International Grand Prix for Documentaries in the
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        framework of the 43 Monte Carlo Television Festival and was
        selected and featured in the Cannes Film Festival in 2003.

        The breath-taking film, supported within the framework of UNESCO’s
        Programme for Creative Content, builds up from the individual
        memories of victims and killers from the Khmer Rouge period
        providing an unprecedented contribution to the building of the
        collective memory of Cambodian society. It is a stunning illustration
        of how cinema and television can help a society search for answers
        and ultimately better understand history and humankind, as filmmaker
        Ritty Panh brought survivors and former killers from a torture and
        extermination camp in Phnom Penh face to face to discuss and
        compare their eye-witness accounts.

        The film has two major objectives: to be an authoritative film about
        the Pol Pot regime, and to be a deep reflection on more general issues
        arising from the experience of genocide, such as survival, guilt and
        denial. It is as a filmmaker that Rithy Panh films memory and not as a
        public prosecutor, investigator, victim or researcher; avoiding
        stereotypes, statistics, vague questions of civilization and facile
        conclusions.




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Production Activities




                        REEL INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE
                   UNESCO Production of Five Short Fiction Films
        Made by Students from India, Mexico, Israel, Romania and Burkina Faso

        Short fiction films from selected television and film schools of Mexico,
        Israel, India, Romania and Burkina Faso were produced by UNESCO
        for the international project Intensifying the dialogue between
        communities, cultures and civilizations.

        The project, launched early this year, is a series of independent,
        fiction films without dialogues that deliver the young filmmakers’
        vision of humanity in peace and harmony dedicated to the international
        community . The films were created with the intention of increasing
        intercultural understanding and sensitising young people to tolerance,
        dialogue and peace. Such messages were delivered in very different
        and interesting ways depending on the diverse cultural backgrounds of
        the selected countries.

        One of the aims of this project was to provide an opportunity to
        cinema and television schools to use their most talented students to
        produce local content for young people reflecting local perspectives
        on global issues. Indeed, the young filmmakers have not disappointed
        the international community: the quality of their films are very
        commendable, the content of their films grab the viewer’s attention
        and question our society’s ways and beliefs of handling conflict,
        inspiring a fresh perspective on non-violent, alternative means on
        conflict resolution.

        UNESCO and the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de
        Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT) disseminated the final productions
        to national and international media as well as to various educational
        institutions worldwide. These short films are also available in an
        interactive UNESCO-linked website.




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Production Activities




                           The Dilemma of Eya (Togo, 2003)

        The Dilemma of Eya (Le dilemme d’Eya), a 26’ fiction film directed by
        Adjiké Assouma from Togo and produced by UNESCO, was awarded
        two special jury prizes (UEMOA and Plan International) at the Pan
        African Festival of Cinema and Television (FESPACO), whose 18th
        edition took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 22 February to
        1 March 2003.

        Moreover, the film was selected for screening at the International
        Public Service Television Conference (INPUT) held in Aarhus,
        Denmark from 11 to 16 May 2003.

        Le dilemme d’Eya tells a story about a girl who is forced to follow
        traditional voodoo practices at the cost of her education, her family
        and her life. The film aims at sensitising the public about the
        consequences of preventing women from being educated and having
        their own identity, while denouncing the living conditions of young
        street-porters    working     at    the     margins    of    society.

        The film was produced within the framework of UNESCO’s
        Programme for Creative Content, which aims at encouraging the
        production and dissemination of creative content in developing
        countries. Its recognition at the international level proves once more
        that local content is not only appreciated by local audiences but also
        by a “global” public.




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Production Activities




                         A Story of People in War and Peace
                                   (Armenia, 2003)

        UNESCO supported the production of a 56-minute documentary from
        Armenia, entitled A Story of People in War and Peace. This film takes
        its audience back to the time of the Karabagh War (1989-1994),
        interviewing soldiers, nurses and ordinary people who survived the
        war.

        This documentary is not about the view of war as seen in news clips
        but a journey of one’s self through each event of wartime. The
        filmmaker strongly believes that only through such uninterrupted
        contact could the audience engage in a kind of dialogue with the
        victims of the war. Moreover, this film is not in the form of
        investigative journalism but more of a collective memory exercise, as
        it is based on the archival footage collected during the war and the
        new footage of the same people sharing their reflections on the war
        ten years after.




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Production Activities




                     Traditional Music of Nigeria : A Documentary

        Grands Spectacles!, a documentary about the traditional music of
        different ethnic groups of Nigeria, was a production supported by
        UNESCO. The documentary featured the different types of ethnic
        music in the country, such as L’Apala, Le Sakara, Le Waka and
        L’Agidibo.

        Each of the music genre tells a story about their respective ethnic
        groups. Music is used as a common language to tell stories or to
        recite proverbs. Ancient notions are revived through the playing of
        music, while it also serves as a channel to preserve moral values
        within communities. Some ethnic music narrates historical tales that
        is passed on from one generation to the next.

        The documentary exhibits the importance of the role of music in
        preserving the rich traditional culture and history of the Nigerian
        peoples.




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Production Activities




                        La Lutte contre les Pauvres (Mali, 2002)

        La Lutte contre les Pauvres (the fight against the poor), a 26’ fiction
        film directed by Boubacar Sidibe from Mali and co-produced by
        UNESCO together with Brico Films and Sarama Films, was awarded a
        special prize at the Pan African Festival of Cinema and Television
        (FESPACO), whose 18th edition took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina
        Faso, from 22 February to 1 March 2003. The fiction film was also
        shown twice on the national television station ORTM.

        The film, like the title suggests, is about how certain actions that are
        believed to fight poverty are actually detrimental to the poor
        themselves. Different topics are brought up through the course of the
        film such as fear of discrimination and xenophobia, and the struggle to
        break free from social marginalization.




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Production Activities




       Afro@digital: A Documentary on the Digital Revolution in Africa

        Afro@digital, a 52-minute documentary directed by Balufu Bakupa-
        Kanyinda of the Democratic Republic of Congo and produced by
        UNESCO, looks at the promise ICTs hold for Africa.

        Statistics show that Africa is well behind the rest of the world in
        terms of information technologies. But the numbers fail to show the
        original ways Africans are using the little that is available.
        Afro@digital fills this gap.

        In Afro@digital, a marabout explains that he no longer replies by
        letter to questions put to him by Africans living abroad. Rather he
        uses his mobile phone, which he carries with him at all times. Another
        eloquent illustration of the digital revolution in Africa is the rise of
        Internet cafés. In Bamako, the capital of Mali, the number of Internet
        cafés increased from one to 100 within the space of a year. However,
        the Internet café phenomenon reveals that more research is needed
        on the impact of ICT in the African continent to get a true picture of
        the situation.


        Despite the difficulties involved in developing ICT in Africa, filmmaker
        Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda is optimistic. Afro@digital demonstrates how
        Africa is making progress with information and communication
        technology.




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Distribution / Dissemination / Showcasing Activities




           The International Conference on Intercultural Dialogue and Peace
                     In Central Africa and the Great Lakes Region:
                                A FILMMAKERS’ FORUM

        UNESCO organized the International Conference on Intercultural
        Dialogue and Peace in Central Africa and the Great Lakes Region that
        took event in Libreville, Gabon in November 2003. The primary
        objective of this conference was the prevention and resolution of
        conflicts through intercultural dialogue and peace.

        Within this conference UNESCO organized a filmmakers’ forum and
        public screenings that showcased four documentaries about the
        conflicts in the region: Ikiza, Unité et Guerre Civile au Burundi
        (Burundi, 1994); Dissidence (Angola, 1998); Rwanda, pour memoire
        (Rwanda, 2003) and Une République devenue folle: Rwanda 1894-
        1994 (Rwanda, 1996). These documentaries provided an analysis of
        the conflicts and the opportunity for the filmmaker to play a role in
        addressing issues of international concern.

        The following subjects were discussed in the conference:
             Television as a tool for intercultural dialogue
             The use of audiovisual means to form a collective memory
             The role played by the media before and after conflict
             The image of neighbouring peoples as prescribed in the
                documentaries
             The production and dissemination of local content in the
                region as a way to better understand people of other cultures
                and communities
             The artist and director as vehicles of expression and analysis
                of various societal issues




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Distribution/Dissemination/Showcasing Activities




                       UNESCO Provides « CreaTV travel case »
                         to TV Samoa on Women’s Day 2002

        UNESCO provided a selection of high-quality productions from China
        (Tong LI’s A Man with HIV), Pakistan (Farjad Nabi’s Now is More Like
        A Man), Uruguay (Daniela Speranza’s Mala Racha) and Zimbabwe
        (Prudence Uriri’s Soul in Torment) to TV Samoa for a special
        broadcast in the week that started on the International Women’s Day
        (8 March 2002). The productions, both fiction and documentary; were
        made by women or dealt with the construction of masculinity and
        femininity in contemporary societies.     TV Samoa completed the
        special broadcast with productions locally made or coming from
        neighbouring islands.

        CreaTV travel cases are regularly compiled by UNESCO in order to
        provide concrete examples of creative and public service-oriented
        television coming from countries that are unusual content providers
        (Africa, Asia and Latin America). It may include any television format
        such as fiction (sitcoms, drama, telefilms, soaps, etc.), documentary or
        magazines and may be used for training seminars and workshops,
        cultural events, public sensitisation activities and when rights are
        negotiated, special broadcasting sessions. Borrowers of CreaTV
        travel cases must be non-profit organizations or institutions with a
        clear public mandate.

        The objective of this Samoan operation was to encourage the
        exchange of television content among countries, which are unusual
        content providers but which have much to offer in content at national,
        regional and international levels. This series of programmes made it
        possible for the public in Samoa to appreciate the creativity and talent
        of thought-provoking television producers from far away regions,
        which while portraying other cultures, stimulate reflection on
        universal issues.




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Distribution/Dissemination/Showcasing Activities




                UNESCO Launched Collection of Quality Programming
                        For Radio-Television Afghanistan

        UNESCO's global CreaTV television initiative made 102 quality
        television programmes available to Radio-Television Afghanistan.

        Speaking during the donation ceremony, UNESCO's Representative in
        Afghanistan, Martin Hadlow, said that the television package included
        documentaries, children's series, fiction, animation and educational
        programmes. "CreaTV is UNESCO's creative television project that
        seeks to encourage local television production" he said. "At the same
        time, it tries to introduce the work of producers in developing
        countries to a wider global audience".

        The 102 programmes supplied to Radio-Television Afghanistan
        included documentaries from Niger, Jamaica, Fiji, Bangladesh and
        Zimbabwe, fiction from Nepal, Mexico and Uruguay and children's
        series from Denmark and Germany.

        UNESCO purchased the rights to the television programmes for two
        years and made the video-tapes available free of charge to Radio-
        Television Afghanistan.




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Training and Dissemination/Showcasing Activities




                          Organization of the Open Frame 2003
      An International Forum on Public Service Broadcasting and Cultural Diversity
                           New Delhi, India, 21-27 August 2003

        The Open Frame 2003 was organized by UNESCO and the Pubic
        Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) of India, in partnership with the
        Prasar Bharti in New Delhi from August 21-27, 2003.

        The event was an international forum that showcased 50 unique,
        public service oriented television productions from Africa, Latin
        America, Middle East and Asia, reflecting the diversity of audio-visual
        production around the world and the marvellous potential of television
        when put at the service of the citizens. Television professionals from
        15 countries participated in discussions concerning public service
        broadcasting issues, such as the relationship of television to history,
        education, development, women, conflict and justice. A workshop on
        scriptwriting for local professionals was sponsored by the British
        Council.

        PSBT is an NGO determined to create a ‘democratic broadcast
        culture’ in India and to engage the international filmmaking community
        in a dialogue, creating a dynamic atmosphere that would encourage
        greater expression of local talent and an intercultural exchange of
        ideas and thoughts.

        Given the success of this year’s forum, PSBT intends to make it an
        annual event in India, offering an alternative to the commercially
        driven Bollywood market. The forum had a significant impact on
        several governmental and non-governmental institutions as well as
        the general Delhi public. Distribution companies, specializing in quality
        non-fiction entertainment for the region and overseas, already offered
        to purchase some of the programmes showcased in India.

        Some of the showcased films in the Open Frame 2003 are available in
        UNESCO’s Multicultural Audiovisual E- Catalogue: An Online
        Audiovisual Platform for Independent Authors.




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Distribution/Dissemination/Showcasing Activities




   UNESCO submission of documentary films to The North-South Media Festival and the
                         International Television Grand Prix

         UNESCO submitted the documentaries The Dilemma of Eya (Togo,
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         2003) and Afrodigital (Congo, 2002) to the 19 North-South Media
         Festival in Geneva. The North-South Media Festival is a yearly
         television film festival that allows better circulation of documentary
         films between the North-South divide and among cultural disparities,
         giving importance to the questions of development, freedom and
         expression of human rights.

         Rithy Panh’s S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine garnered the
         silver medal in the URTI’s International Grand Prix for Documentaries.
         L’Université Radiophonique et Télévisuelle Internationale (URTI)
         awards each year documentary television programs that stand out as
         an original and high-quality productions, and which have made the
         greatest contribution to the handling of the cultural or the social
         matters. Above all, it has placed the emphasis on the work of
         directors over the world. Afrodigital was also featured in the same
         event.

         However, the most outstanding exposure came through the
         prestigious Cannes Film Festival, which made the S21: The Khmer
         Rouge Killing Machine part of its official selection in 2003.




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Distribution/Dissemination/Showcasing Activities




                            UNESCO’s Audiovisual E-Platform :
      A Multicultural Online Catalogue for Independent Producers and Broadcasters


        UNESCO’s Audiovisual E-Platform is a multicultural, online catalogue
        for independent producers and broadcasters, with more than 100 very
        challenging, unusually creative and highly innovative productions from
        Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

        The platform consists of recently directed documentaries, short
        fiction films and television magazines that are original in form and
        content, beyond the conventional forms of television language as well
        as genuine expression of culture.

        Through this highly secured, professional-restricted, online platform,
        authors and producers are able to manage and promote their work at
        local, regional and international levels. At the same time, UNESCO
        can stimulate the distribution of the platform’s materials at the
        international level with broadcasters, producers, educational
        institutions and other partners.

        The Audiovisual E-Platform was created to empower and enhance
        effectiveness of promoting and distributing local content by utilizing
        the internet as a medium for communication and delivery.




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