Press Release: Caribbean Audio‐Visual Network (C.A.N.) Established (13 Oct. 2009) 1
October 13, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CARIBBEAN AUDIO‐VISUAL NETWORK (C.A.N.)
IS FORMALLY ESTABLISHED
Representatives of national film and audio‐visual associations, film commissions and
film and audio‐visual training institutions in the Caribbean have established a regional
organization focused on accelerating business development within the audio‐visual
The Caribbean Audio‐Visual Network (C.A.N.) was recently registered as a non‐profit
company. This was a major outcome of an Audio‐Visual Sector meeting held in Fort de
France, Martinique on September 23 with representation from Antigua and Barbuda,
Barbados, Belize, The Bahamas, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada,
Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, Martinique, St. Kitts‐Nevis, Suriname and
Trinidad and Tobago.
The meeting established some key objectives for C.A.N. that will seek to improve the
status and productivity of the film and audio‐visual industry in the Caribbean:
1. to seek technical training and financial assistance to help its members;
2. to facilitate and support of the protection of the intellectual property rights;
3. to promote the development of co‐productions among the member countries;
4. to seek international sources of funding;
5. to raise the visibility of the members’ productions;
6. to assist in the creation of a Caribbean distribution mechanism and
7. to create a data‐base of the region’s practitioners.
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The seed for this much needed network was planted in March of 2009 in Santo Domingo
when several players from the AV sector where invited by Caribbean Export to develop
the concept. This process continued with the support of Caribbean Export, Caricom and
the European Union, when over 40 music and film & audio‐visual professionals
participated in a meeting hosted by the Conseil Regional de Martinique, which created
respective networks to help unify and enhance their professions.
Senior Services Advisor of Caribbean Export, Tonika Sealy expressed the agency’s
satisfaction with the tangible and sector driven outcomes of the meeting. “Through the
hard work of the steering committee, the region finally has a body with a leadership and
membership structure representing diverse elements of the audio‐visual sector. It also
covers the four language areas of the Caribbean.” she said.
“Apart from the CARIFORUM countries that are served by Caribbean Export, we are
particularly pleased that the new association will embrace the French Territories and
Cuba, which are important centers for world cinema and co‐productions in the
Caribbean” Sealy added.
The C.A.N. interim co‐chairs who will steer the network until elections are held at the
next general assembly are Claude Mancuso of Haiti, Tony Coco‐Violoin of Guadeloupe
and Howard Allen of Antigua and Barbuda. Ava‐Gail Gardiner of Jamaica is the Interim
secretary and legal advisor.
For information contact:
Claude Mancuso: e‐mail:
, Tel: 011 (509) 3719-1258