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Jul 4, 2019

NICH & BAVIA Sign M.O.U. to Improve Audio Visual Industry

A first of its kind memorandum of understanding was signed this afternoon between the National Institute of Culture and History and the Belize Audio Visual Industry Association. The M.O.U. paves the way for both organizations to develop and promote the film industry in Belize as a viable, sustainable industry. Since 2008, BAVIA and NICH, through its Film and Media Arts Unit, have been working informally to foster development in the audio visual industry. Today’s signing comes ten years after an economic partnership agreement on the cultural sector was signed by CARIFORUM and European Union. Here’s Director of the Film and Media Arts, Suzette Zayden:


Suzette Zayden

Suzette Zayden, Associate Director, I.C.A.

“A series of regional consultations followed this signing in 2009, with an impressive cross-section of well-known audio visual professionals and representatives at the highest levels of the audio visual sector across the CARIFORUM countries at both public and private sector levels. These consultations, which we added, were held to define the needs of the audio visual sector and seek to build private sector capacity in the Caribbean as well as to examine what is needed in the Caribbean to improve quality, local content and output and to make an impact regionally and internationally.”


Tareek Young

Tareek Young, President, BAVIA

“This M.O.U. is really a declaration of a continuation of support. NICH has been in our corner since I’ve taken over as the president of the association and the dialogue has been very important in really understanding what is possible in leading this industry forward. The work hasn’t been easy; this path hasn’t been easy. It’s been long overdue, but this is a giant leap forward. Does this M.O.U. guarantee that tomorrow all the issues the membership faces will be resolved? No. Is this an end all, be all solution for everything? No. But it is a commitment—a commitment on both sides—and I am of the firm belief that words mean nothing until you put the action behind it. And we have impressed upon NICH as an organization our willingness to work, our willingness to continue to press forward to give a realistic sustainable vision of what a Belizean film industry, audio visual industry can look like.”

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