The goal of the Curaçao Film Institute (CFI) is to assist in laying the foundations for a successful and sustainable film industry on the island of Curaçao. Ultimately, CFI aims to see the establishment of a full-fledged Film and Television studio, with a heavy focus on digital arts and water-related media production, on Curaçao that will cater to international production companies.
In addition to advanced (green) production facilities, CFI seeks the founding of a digital media campus that will draw both international students to the island and foster local talent in the art of filmmaking.
In order to facilitate international productions that wish to come to Curaçao, CFI is actively engaging the local government in order to lay the necessary groundwork for a fiscal program that is necessary in order to attract such productions to the island. CFI also seeks the creation of a local film commission that would supervise such a program and assist international production companies with shoots that take place within its jurisdiction.
CFI has received letters of endorsement from the Curaçao Minister of Finance and the Curaçao Minister of Economic Development, respectively, as well as a grant from the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund Caribbean Territories. The Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, his excellency Minister Plasterk, has expressed his faith in CFI's vision during his report to the Dutch Senate.
The Curaçao Film Institute has signed MOUs with the Hollywood-based Studio School (formerly Relativity School) to open a branch campus on the island and with marine conservationist and filmmaker Fabien Cousteau to bring his oceanographic institute, the Ocean Learning Center, to Curaçao.
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