Spreading the cooperative word through audiovisual media: the first edition of Festcoop
FestCoop, the International Cooperative Film Festival started out as a way of bringing together people’s experiences working for cooperatives in the social and solidarity economy online, through audiovisual media. Colombia will be the first country to host the event in 2016. In June a dedicated channel will be launched online, along with further information about participating.
The festival will bring together artists from all over the world, offering an open online space (www.festcoop.org) for people to share audiovisual content. The festival aims “to spread and circulate a message of cooperation, promote a social and solidarity economy, and showcase the work of organisations like worker and production cooperatives”.
The International Association for Cooperative Communication, a Spanish organisation with offices in Chile, is leading the initiative. There are currently 14 people working on the project: all professionals working in the cooperative and social and solidarity economy movement. The goal of the Association for Cooperative Communication is ultimately: to promote cooperativism and the social and solidarity economy, and help cooperatives and social and solidarity enterprises become more competitive with improved internal and external communications – above all by using innovative 21st century audiovisual media and IT communications technologies.
The event, on from the 19th to the 26th February 2016 in San Gil (Colombia) is being sponsored locally by Fundación Coomuldesa, Resander and Unisangil.
A number of different organisations from Chile, Argentina, Spain, Uruguay, and Costa Rica will be entering into a spirit of cooperation to organise and support the festival.