Hivos initiates fund for Central American and Cuban films
has taken the initiative to establish a film fund for Central American
and Cuban film productions. The fund is called Cinergia and is
directed by Fundacine in Costa Rica.
Paul van Paaschen is Hivos' senior staff member for art and culture.
According to him, Central American film makers in particular have
trouble accessing film funds, including the Hubert Bals Fund. Van
Paaschen: 'That is because of the quality of the requests. In the
past we have actually supported film productions, but the quality
was not satisfactory. This fund wants to support film makers during
the pre-production process: compiling a budget proposal and exact
planning; making sure the request is well-founded. At the same time,
the fund must play a stimulating part in the entire Central American
film sector, by organising script workshops, for example.'
Cinergia does not operate directly under the Hivos flag, but under
that of Fundacine, a cinematographic organisation in Costa Rica
that Hivos invited to write a proposal for the setup of the project.
Hivos wants professional productions, 'meaning they must be directed
by people who understand film,' says Van Paaschen. Preferably people
from the region itself.
Hivos got the American Ford Foundation to contribute. They have
220,000 dollars for the next two years. 'Then', says Van Paaschen,
'we will see whether it is useful to continue. For the time being,
it is an experiment. Hopefully this is the first step towards finding
a solution to the difficult development of the film sector in Central
America. Cooperation with Cuba, itself extremely experienced in
the area of film making, including in the areas of training and
co-production, could be greatly stimulating.'