A manifesto –‘Glocal cinemas, big stories, small countries’ – for films made in non-dominant languages was published on Tuesday 22nd of September in San Sebastian northern Spain by representatives of institutions in 15 European countries and regions. The event was organized during the San Sebastian Film Festival by the Department for Education, Language Policy and Culture of the Basque Government in collaboration with the Basque office of Creative Europe’s MEDIA program. ‘Western Audio-Visual Forum’ member Paddy Hayes was in attendance on behalf of Galway City of Film.
The manifesto’s main aims are to “foster the cinema production and co-production in non-hegemonic languages,”, said Joxean Munoz, Culture Deputy Chairman of Basque government. For Munoz, ‘non-hegemonic languages” are “all languages spoken in Europe, apart from English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.” “Diversity is a value. We aim to defend a different cultural map in Europe, protecting cinemas in different languages to Europe’s strongest,” he added.
According to The European Commission, the U.E. has a 500 million population, 28 state members, three alphabets and 24 official languages. But there are another 60 languages that are spoken groups aggregating 40 million users.
Variety magazine has reported on the manifesto publication and the article can be read here.