Established in 1986, the EICTV is a project under the hospices of the Foundation for New Latin American Cinema, based in Cuba.
The Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV) of Cuba is an autonomous training school providing a creative nurturing environment for students attracted from over 55 countries. The school was founded in 1986 by a group of prominent intellectuals of the Latin American world : Columbian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Argentinean poet Fernando Birri and Cuban filmmaker Julio Garcia Espinosa.
Its initial aim was to support the development of national audio-visual industries in countries that lacked the infrastructures or resources to train their own professionals by providing free tuition. However, economic hardships imposed a fee-paying structure for non-Cuban students from 2006.
Today, 120 students from 50 countries follow a 3-year full-time course with specialisations in screenwriting, production, directing, photography, sound, editing and documentaries.
The school attracts international professional filmmakers as visiting professors of workshops and masterclasses.
In 2016, the Cuomo Foundation initiated a discussion at the University of Las Tunas with the director of the Centre for Energy Efficiency Studies and Technological Processes (CEEPROT). The talks were directed around the creation of a Research & Development facility in the field of renewable energy sources.
The principle objective of the initiative is to increase the use of renewable sources of energy in the region by training the local population and providing technical assistance through the University.
It took several years of negotiations with local authorities to reach an agreement in 2018 and in 2019, the first order for technical equipment was completed.
With this new partnership, the Foundation is expanding its network of academic experts in the fight against climate change by promoting access to “green” energy for rural populations.