Between March 26th and April 6th 2018, this year’s edition of one of the most important Portuguese speaking film festivals – the FESTin – took place in Lisbon. This was another opportunity for the exhibition of the six short films produced in 2017, in the context of the 25 years celebration of the PALOP-TL/European Union cooperation program. The series was the result of a cultural promotion initiative that took place in 2017 and now shows its fruits. The PALOP-TL Short Films Competition selected 6 projects and its directors from around 90 candidates and, after an artistic residency of development, allocated a fund of 9,000 euros for each project.
Eleven agreements were signed under the DIVERSIDADE instrument, from PROCULTURA program. Three are from Inhambane province, one from Ilha de Moçambique and eight from Maputo province.
The ceremony took place on May 10, 2021 at Camões – Centro Cultural Português, in Maputo. The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Eldevina Materula, the Ambassador from Portugal, António Costa Moura, and the Head of European Mission in Mozambique, Ambassador Antonio Sánchez-Benedito, participated on the event.
Three of the contractors are from Inhambane province, one from Ilha de Moçambique, and eight from Maputo province. Covering several areas such as tourism, cultural journalism, dance, theatre, music, visual arts, craftsmanship, and associative and federative activities.
PROCULTURA program aims to promote employment and income generating activities in the cultural sector, at PALOP and East Timor. It is financed by the European Union, co-financed and managed by Camões, I.P. and co-financed by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
DIVERSIDADE is a financial instrument for cultural diversity, citizenship and identity, in Mozambique.
In March 1992 at Sao Tome e Principe City, the Head of State and Governments of PALOP expressed their political willing to establish a multiform cooperation between PALOP countries and the European Union. East Timor joined the group in 2007, changed the name of the group to PALOP-TL.
The European Union (EU) provides € 26 million to Portuguese-speaking African countries and East Timor (PALOP-TL) – Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor – to promote two programs in the field of job creation in the field of culture and reform of public finance management.
The European Commission signed:
A € 18 million program to support PALOP-TL in job creation in the cultural sector. The project focuses on the performing arts, including music, dance and theater. This program aims to boost the access of cultural products from PALOP-TL countries to national, regional and international markets, to strengthen the capacity of actors in the sector and to support the creation and dissemination of literary publications in the region, especially for children and young people.
A € 8 million program to support public finance management systems in the PALOP-TL will consolidate the initiatives of public financial control institutions as well as civil society to improve the accountability, efficiency and transparency of public finances in the six countries .
These programs are promoted under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) and its ultimate objective is to contribute to more inclusive and sustainable growth in these countries. The EU has been cooperating with PALOP-TL for more than 25 years since 1992.
The protocol was signed by the Director General for International Cooperation and Development, Mr. Stefano Manservisi, and by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique, Mr. José Pacheco, as Coordinator of the PALOP-TL / EU Cooperation Program, CPLP (Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries) Summit held in Sal Island, Cape Verde, under the motto “People, Ocean, Culture”.
A collaboration on the occasion of Africa Day and Europe Day brought several European Union delegations to PALOP-TL in partnership with universities and associations, Camões, I.P., the national film and audiovisual institutes of Mozambique and Guinea- Bissau and the Fundação Oriente in Dili to organize the launch of the DVD containing the six short films and a series of new exhibitions between May and September 2018.
The public had the opportunity to watch the films in May, in Beira, Maputo and Dili, in June in Luanda and Dili, and in July in Bissau and Dili.
The next dates for the screenings are:
– in Nampula, 29th, 30th and 31st of August;
– in Luanda, 21st, 22nd and 25th August and 1st September.
On February 21 st and 22 nd , a workshop will be held at the Delegation of the European Union in Maputo, Mozambique, with representative of the cultural sector of each PALOP and East Timor countries, for the definition of the guidelines and the specific objectives of the cultural employment promotion project in Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor. The European Union Delegation to Mozambique and the Coordination of the PALOP-TL / EU Cooperation Program have been working on the formulation of this project since 2016, for a total value of 18 million Euros.