The policy for the promotion of the national film and audiovisual creation

The Ministry of Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Since the emergence of digital media that allow the realization of audiovisual and cinematographic works in more expeditious and less complex modes of production, a broader productive phenomenon has emerged in Cuba from independent production, beyond the traditionally recognized production companies. In this sense, it became necessary to recognize and legislate to establish the regulatory framework in which audiovisual production would operate. The fundamental objective is the promotion of cinematographic and audiovisual creation in the country that allows us to extend the creative spectrum, both in forms of production, themes, genres, etc.

The new regulation focuses mainly on the following aspects: legal recognition of independent audiovisual and cinematographic creators; establishment of a registry for such creators; possibility of establishing themselves as creation collectives (audiovisual production companies); creation of the Cuban Film Promotion Fund; creation of the Cuban Film Commission, and other complementary regulations that facilitate the execution of all the

provisions. At the same time, regulations were promulgated establishing tax, social security and banking measures that complement the above.

Decree-Law No. 373/2019 is promulgated as a substantive norm and in June 2019 the following resolutions were established: 44/2019, 45/2019, 46/2019, 47/2019, 48/2019, 49/2019 and 50/2019 of the Ministry of Culture; Resolution 79/2019 of the Central Bank of Cuba; Resolution 188/2019 of the Ministry of Finance and Prices; Resolution 12/2019 of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security; Resolution 22/2019 of the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematographic Industry; Resolutions 28/2019 and 29/2019 of the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television.

Although the policy is not specifically targeted at young people, it has a direct impact on that demographic sector, since they are the ones who use the independent production modality the most and have a large volume of works to back it up. They also benefit directly from the Cuban Film Development Fund.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The policy is periodically evaluated both in its implementation and in the execution of the resulting standards. At the moment, there is a total of more than 1,700 creators in the register, in all the artistic categories approved for the sector; the applications for the constitution of the creation collectives are also under way, as well as the opening of the promotion fund, which will take place in the first half of 2020.

In general, the impact on creators in the audiovisual sector is positive so far, as it allows them to create and work within a legal framework providing them with legal and financial security, while declaring the commitment to stimulate creation and employment in the sector.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Not available

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
The Hermanos Saíz Association
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
The Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
The University of the Arts (ISA)
Public Sector
The Foundation of the New Latin American Cinema
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
The International School of Film and Television
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
The Cuban Institute of Radio and Television
Public Sector
The Cuban Institute of Art and Film Industries
Public Sector
The local governments
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

In the evaluation process carried out, a review of the approved categories is recommended and, with it, the regulatory form adopted. As this is a completely new policy, both for the audiovisual and cultural sectors in general, it requires a review and analysis process in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the regulations set out.

Finally, work must continue to improve the dissemination of some aspects of this policy that have not yet reached their full potential.

Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Dominios culturales
Cine / Artes audiovisuales