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Cine Sud and 60th anniversary discussed in Rieti


FICC committee met in Rieti
The executive committee of the FICC met in Rieti, Italy on December 16. to discuss federation matters. The Cine Sud project and the upcoming 60th anniversary of the FICC were among matters discussed at the meeting.

The anniversary will hopefully be celebrated at the 9. festival of film societies planned for Matera, Italy in June 2007. The FICC was founded in Cannes in May 1947 and FICC President Paolo Minuto has been in contact with the Cannes festival to see if the anniversary can also be celebrated there.

The Cine Sud project was presented at the meeting by Julio Lamaņa, one of the main activists behind this project together with Gabriel Rodriguez (Mexico), Christina Marchese (Argentina),Antonio Claudino de Jesus (Brazil) and several others. Cine Sud is a an independent project but working closely with the FICC and is in many ways an answer to the need to exchange films across borders, for a long time a main objective in the work of the FICC. Cine Sud already offers a catalogue of 18 films to film societies and other non-commercial venues around the world. The project is based on a so called Creative Commons copyright licence, which allows for non-commercial use of the films. The films are available on DVD only and can be booked from Cine Sud through the Mundokino website. Film rental is free, but contributions may be given and are divided equally between Cine Sud and the filmmaker.

The FICC committee meeting also discussed other federation matters, among them the application for membership from Poland and Uruguay who are both welcomed into the organisation.