Making the cinema accessible for all throughout Colombia | Innovative Policy 2018

Making the cinema accessible for all throughout Colombia | Innovative Policy 2018


Jaifa Margarita Mezher Arango from the Columbian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology speaking about their programme Cine Para Todos, translated as Cinema for All The Ministry of ICT´s Cine Para Todos project, that literally means Cinema for Everyone, is a space of entertainment and inclusive culture that allows people with visual, auditory and/or cognitive disability to enjoy accessible cinema functions for free in 12 cities throughout Columbia, thanks to audio technologies description, interpretation in Columbian sign language and special subtitling. Cinema for Everyone has 4 pillars: regular functions, Functions in PVD (Puntos Vive Digital – Live Digital Points), Radiocine (Radio cinema) and inclusive SmarTIC. Regular functions: Projection of accessible films for people with disabilities in the Cine Colombia´s cinemas and Functions in Puntos Vive Digital: Accessible functions in municipalities and cities where there are no cinemas. Radio Cinema: Transmission of films with Audio description (modern version of the Radionovela), through the 51 frequencies of the Colombian National Radio, including holidays at 7:00 p.m. Inclusive SmarTIC: Cinema creation workshops with mobile devices for people with visual, auditory and physical impairment. So far 96 film-makers with disabilities in Columbia were certified. Impact of the project: Cinema for Everyone has benefited 80,32 people directly, having hosted 601 functions in 12 cities throughout the country and creating 79 accessible films. We developed an app that is free to download, allowing people with disabilities to enjoy a wide catalogue of audio description, sign language and subtitles corresponding to the audiovisual content developed by the Cinema for Everyone project.Meanwhile we are working on a sustainability study to identify what actions are needed so that more and more Columbians may partake in accessible cinema. During 2018, Cine Para Todos will continue performing regular functions in 12 cities of the country.We hope to perform special functions in cities where we have not previously performed.We will continue with our functions in PVD. We’ll develop the inclusive SmarTIC category in the SmartFilms festival.

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