The International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (CICT-ICFT) to UNESCO reinforces international exchange and cooperation in the audiovisual field by providing strategic direction, policy guidance, and expert support for development at the international, regional, national, and local levels.
CICT-ICFT has also established a large and diverse network in the international arena, comprising of both public and private institutions from various fields of work that actively apply audiovisual techniques and creativity.
We would like to highlight some of the many activities that we have been engaged in.
The UNESCO 2005 Convention
CICT-ICFT is a member of the NGO working group involved in the implementation of the guidelines of the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which is essential as the role of civil society is increasingly recognized in the UN system.
UNESCO Creative Cities Network
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music. UNESCO has asked the CICT-ICFT to evaluate the applications of candidate cities of Film and Digital Arts.
UNESCO Participation Programme
The Participation Programme functions as a vital complement to UNESCO’s regular activities by analyzing, evaluating and facilitating the implementation of national, sub-regional, inter-regional and regional projects submitted by Member States and NGOs directly related to the activities of the Organization. Since its creation in 1956, CICT-ICFT has been contributing to the UNESCO Participation Program. CICT-ICFT launched film projects and projects in media education, in particular to support developing countries, youth and women.
UNESCO Silk Roads Programme
The UNESCO Silk Roads Programme revives and extends these historic networks in a digital space, bringing people together in an ongoing dialogue and fostering a mutual understanding of the diverse and often inter-related cultures that have sprung up around these routes. CICT-ICFT collaborates with the UNESCO Silk Roads Programme in developing audiovisual projects with cities along the ancient Silk Roads, some of which are listed as tangible, natural and or intangible World Heritage sites.
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (WDAH), October 27
This commemorative day was chosen by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2005 to raise awareness of the significance and preservation risks of recorded sound and audiovisual documents (films, sound and video recordings, radio and television programmes). CICT-ICFT organizes and celebrates this International Day, in collaboration with the authorities of Macao, China. This celebration is concretized in different kinds of events, such as film screenings, exhibitions, masterclasses, workshops, contests, artistic performances, themed city tours…
International Scientific Audio-visual Conference (ISAC) – IMAGE AND SCIENCE
Initiated by CICT-ICFT in 1976 and co-organized by the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research of France), the ISAC is the largest global event which creates a dialogue between members of the scientific community and media, and the public. It contains festival, academy, forum of debate, global market of documents and images, co-production center for film, television and audiovisual production.
Festivals and cultural events
CICT-ICFT cooperates with numerous international film festivals (Berlin, Cannes, Macao, Ouagadougou, Venice, Goa, Algiers, Rabat…) and universities and schools of different countries in awarding prizes (UNESCO Fellini Medal, UNESCO Gandhi Nedal…), organizing meetings and workshops, or as member of the organizational committee.