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10 Nov 2009

Québec-Catalonia: Lights! Camera! Action!

Josep Maixenchs and Michel G. Desjardins. Photo: INIS

A memorandum of understanding signed in Montréal between INIS (Québec’s National Institute of Image and Sound) and ESCAC (Catalonia’s School of Advanced Film and Audiovisual Studies) opens a new chapter in cultural cooperation between Québec and Catalonia. Through the agreement, the institutions seek primarily to stimulate exchanges among professors and provide an opportunity for students from Catalonia and Québec to carry out a project in conjunction with the Portraits croisés international exchange program.

The Portraits croisés project will enable two film students from Québec to travel to Catalonia and two Catalonian students to come to Québec to focus on a little-known person or reality in their host regions. The concrete outcome of this collaborative endeavour will be two short documentary videos that may ultimately be presented at various national and international film festivals. The agreement also provides for student collaboration via videoconferencing during practical exercises and fosters experience sharing between the two institutions.

The agreement was signed on October 29 by the Director General of INIS, Michel G. Desjardins, and the Director General of ESCAC, Josep Maixenchs, who was accompanied by the school’s Director, Carles Cereceda. While in Montréal, the two administrators from Catalonia had the occasion to visit some of the city’s major production and broadcast centres, including Radio-Canada, the Society for Arts and Technology and the NAD Centre.

The signing of the agreement was announced by the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, in September during a reception celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Québec Government Office in Barcelona. Since 1996, the Québec-Catalonia Joint Cooperation Committee has funded nearly 100 projects in such sectors as culture, the economy, health, education and research, science and technology, public safety and immigration.

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