Audiovisual Accessibility Plan

RECAM - Specialized Meeting of MERCOSUR Film and Audiovisual Authorities
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
RECAM (MERCOSUR 's Specialized Meeting of Film and Audiovisual Authorities) is a MERCOSUR area composed of international film and audiovisual organizations, created to promote regional integration through audiovisual media. Within its work program, which includes circulation, training and heritage, the Audiovisual Accessibility Plan was developed to leverage, promote and strengthen universal access to MERCOSUR audiovisual content for all citizens. The main actions of the Audiovisual Accessibility Plan are: (i) MERCOSUR Audiovisual Accessibility Meeting: created with the objective of articulating and defining actions that include academics, civil organizations, professionals and government bodies, generating knowledge and synergy for the expansion of access to audiovisual content. The 1st Meeting was held in 2018 in Montevideo, with the participation of 60 professionals from the region, as well as representatives of MERCOSUR's film authorities. (ii) Accessibility Award: RECAM awards annually MERCOSUR's best cinematographic work, with the objective of strengthening the development of the cinema of states parties, as an instrument for integrating the economic and social integration of the region, and of expanding the circulation of works in order to promote MERCOSUR's identity and facilitate access to audiovisual cultural diversity. The award was created in 2015, took place between 2016 and 2019 and consists of the delivery of a subtitled copy in Portuguese/Spanish or Spanish/Portuguese, as well as accessible version for the visually impaired and hypoacoustic. (iii) Contest Good Practices of MERCOSUR Civil Society in Audiovisual Accessibility: created with the objective of knowing, rewarding and disseminating successful experiences of civil society in the local context, which can become references of ideas and experiences applicable at the regional level. Two editions of the competition were held in 2017 and 2019.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Difusão do conceito e da importância da acessibilidade no âmbito das obras audiovisuais, com a publicação, em 2016, de um Guia para Produções Audiovisuais Acessíveis, disponível em: Fortalecimento do acesso universal aos conteúdos audiovisuais do MERCOSUL, inclusive com a criação de um catálogo de obras audiovisuais acessíveis, no âmbito do MERCOSUL, orientado para agentes de exibição e de distribuição, organizações, festivais e salas de cinema da região, com a finalidade de promover exibições acessíveis.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
USD 144,000,00 (2016 - 2018)
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Governments of MERCOSUR countries
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts