Cape Verde aims to promote its national film industry and the archipelago as a viable location for the filming of national and international productions through the newly instated ‘NuNaC’ (National Centre of Cinema, in a loose translation). The body is created to manage the country’s cinematographic and audiovisual sector.
The competencies attributed to NuNac include the promotion of “synergies between the creative industries and tourism”, as well as “affirming Cape Verde as an international filmmaking destination”.
It should also ensure that “procedures related to the granting of financial support” fall within the new law’s scope, ensuring its application, in addition to holding competitions for national productions and authors, while also promoting international exchange and cooperation initiatives.
“Within the framework of its objectives, NuNaC can establish forms of exchange, cooperation and partnership with public and private entities, national or foreign, in particular with cinema and audiovisual institutions from Portuguese-speaking countries and the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] “, reads the governmental resolution that creates the new governing body.
NuNaC will be coordinated by the director-general of Arts and Creative Industries, and will also have representatives from the Cape Verde Film and Audiovisual Association, the country’s public university and copyright management societies.
It will also include two independent film or audiovisual professionals “of recognised merit and competence”, a representative of Cape Verdean actors and another from the association of event producers in the country, as well as from the Tourism Institute, all to be appointed later by the Government and with renewable, two-year terms.
NuNaC should also propose “measures and actions” to “improve” the sector’s policies in Cape Verde, promote “an effective national and international dissemination and circulation” of Cape Verdean works and “ensure national representation in international institutions and bodies” related to cinema and audiovisual.