Kyiv Initiative: Cross-Border Cinema Culture (CBCC)


The Cross-Border Cinema Culture (CBCC) is a pilot project within the Kyiv Initiative carried out in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.


It helps countries update their cultural policies and legislation affecting the film industry and provides targeted professional training. It encourages exchanges between filmmakers, film critics and multinational (regional and international) cultural and professional networks. The CBCC will also address local heritage preservation issues and their management.



The CBCC project, inspired by the Directors Across Borders and their programme organised during the Golden Apricot International Film Festival, brings together regional filmmakers, producers and key players in the world of the film industry. By carrying out the CBCC project within the KI Regional Programme, cinema can act as a tool to promote inter-cultural dialogue and improve human relations as it can remain free from political, ideological, racial and religious borders.



The CBCC targets common problems faced by KI states and aims to establish a professional "common area" of co-operation and development in the film industry. It will concentrate on:

reviving the role of cinema in cultural policies;

providing professional training;

promoting festival networking;

managing problems of cinema heritage;

encouraging film production / co-production between the KI states and internationally;

publishing a Film Professionals Guide for KI states.



The CBCC contribution to the Kyiv Initiative Regional Programme is of strategic importance as it:

develops regional cultural policies in the KI states;

promotes European values;

provides a mechanism to settle common problems in the KI states;

fosters regional and multilateral co-operation.




Road map

Hermes projects
Hermes training programme



Meeting reports and documents

Film legislation



KI CBCC project co-ordinators

Council of Europe Secretariat


Related links

Kyiv Initiative

Related Conventions


Directors, producers, script writers, cinema journalists, film critics;

Production companies / film industry organisations;

International organisations;

Governmental cultural organisations;

Archives / audiovisual heritage;


General public.



Activities will include:

Expert guidance on legislation affecting the cinema industry and archives;

Professional training for filmmakers, producers, cinema journalists and film critics;

Exchange visits to Film Festivals;

Problem management sessions.



The main partners of the CBCC project are filmmakers, the Ministries of Culture of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, International Film Festivals and Funds and Organisations co-operating with these Festivals and International Training Initiatives for Professionals. Interested countries and organisations are invited to become active partners in this project.