Media cooperation is conducted with others and CFI relies on all possible sources of support to implement its initiatives including ministries, CFI shareholders and the French diplomatic network abroad.
French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) has entrusted CFI with the assignment of implementing its policy to support state and commercial media development, and the audiovisual sector in general, with a view to triple-play media, in the countries benefitting from state development aid.
Its aims remain the broadcasting of news, consolidation of civil society and the rule of law and support for new democracies or “fragile states”. Its seamless partnership with France Télévisions and Arte France ensures a high level of professionalism.
The main thrust of the assignments entrusted to CFI for 2011-2013 were set out in the Performance Agreement signed with the Minister for Cooperation on 12 October 2011. To reach the goals set, the MAEE has granted CFI resources from the 209 programme earmarked for development aid.
Given the increasing numbers of audiovisual players on the international scene, the Ministry has also mandated CFI to ensure the circulation of news and assist in its assignment of coordinating French media professionals conducting cooperation initiatives.
When necessary, CFI can rely on the network of audiovisual attachés at the Cultural Department of French embassies abroad to carry out its assignments. The relations bonding the Ministry to CFI are based on a trusting spirit of partnership, key concepts in cooperation. It has been forged through ongoing listening, sharing of information and consultation.
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Direction Générale des Medias et des Industries Culturelles
Créée par le décret n° 2009-1393 du 11 novembre 2009, la direction générale des médias et des industries culturelles (DGMIC), sous l'autorité du ministre de la culture et de la communication, définit, met en œuvre et évalue la politique de l’État en faveur du développement et du pluralisme des médias, de l’ensemble des services de communication au public par voie électronique, de l’industrie photographique, du livre, de la lecture et de l’économie culturelle.
Entre autres missions, elle assure donc la tutelle administrative et financière des organismes opérant pour le compte de l’État dans ces différents secteurs et participe ainsi à l'élaboration et au suivi de leur stratégie, de leur gestion et de leur politique des ressources humaines.
Parmi ces organismes figurent France Télévisions et Arte, qui sont les deux actionnaires de Canal France International (CFI), mais également Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France (AEF), l’Institut National Audiovisuel (INA) et Radio France, qui sont autant de partenaires privilégiés de CFI.
La DGMIC suit donc les activités de l'entreprise, au titre de son action générale en faveur du développement et du pluralisme des médias en France et dans le monde, mais également du fait de sa mission de tutelle des différents organismes nationaux œuvrant dans l'audiovisuel et dont l'action de coopération en faveur des pays du sud doit être coordonnée par CFI.
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France Télévisions considers the assignments conducted by CFI as of the utmost importance, and this attitude is crucial to making cooperation with partner TV channels, a reality, all the more important given the increasing numbers of partners applying to CFI.
As an example of this ongoing action, we are supporting broadcasters on the southern shores of the Mediterranean, and have taken a proactive stance throughout the Arab revolutions, alongside Tunisia and Egypt especially.
France Télévisions and CFI thus organised a conference in May this year in Paris, backed by Unesco and the EBU, to take stock of needs and and raise awareness among French and foreign donators. This approach is continuing, first with the deployment of considerable resources for training with CFI and the EBU, but also providing production and broadcasting equipment that the Tunisian state TV channel desperately needs.
Other countries in this region, especially Morocco and Algeria, are now asking France Télévisions to reinforce cooperative ties, and all this of course, would not be possible without the indispensable, timely and efficient help of CFI providing ongoing expert knowledge and French audiovisual know-how, in technical, journalistic, strategic governance, communication and marketing spheres, and on all five continents.
CFI thus meets the challenges in development by making a unique experience available to broadcasters worldwide.
France Télévisions is fully aware of how important and meaningful effective cooperation is. It can raise awareness of our joint initiatives among our partners and the necessary medium- and long-term commitment in today’s world to take up the special challenges in our field.
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The French division of European cultural channel ARTE has been a Canal France International shareholder since 2001.
From 2002 to 2010, the two firms worked together to back cooperation in programmes for state TV channels in countries in central and eastern Europe. The programmes made available by ARTE France are broadcast by CFI’s satellite.
Cooperation with ARTE France is continuing in this sphere but using other technical resources.
Nowadays ARTE France and CFI are developing projects together in the sphere of professional training.
ARTE France has in fact been working along these lines for several years.
In Romania, for example, we set up the Aristotéles Workshop which for the past six years has offered around 20 professionals from the region a workshop on writing and directing documentary films. The trainers for this workshop are film directors having worked for the TV channel and who project its spirit. This workshop is sponsored by the European Commission.
Elsewhere, ARTE France is backing the work of specialised training centres: Ateliers Varan in Afghanistan and Egypt, Alter Doc in Kurdistan and Lebanon to train producers, Senegal and Morocco.
Collaboration between ARTE France and CFI has already been tangible in Egypt, providing support and fostering professionalism among young directors committed to recording the revolution underway there. A joint workshop between Varan / CFI / ARTE France is to be set up in late 2011.
Furthermore, CFI calls on ARTE journalists having worked in Tunisia and Egypt to conduct training courses on Web journalism.
With the remit to raise awareness of the culture and peoples of Europe and the world, ARTE works with a vast network of directors, producers and journalists with a strong international outlook.
CFI and ARTE must call on these valuable human resources and savoir-faire to meet the many requests for training from TV channels and new media.
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