COPEAM– the permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators – is a no-profit organisation devoted to the promotion of dialog and cultural integration in the Mediterranean Region, troughout the involment of the major players of the audiovisual sector,among which the public service broadcasters from 26 countries in the area, besides professional and cultural associations,institutions, higher education and specialization structures, indipendent producers and local authorities of Europe, Balkans,North Africa and Middle East. Its mission is based on the principle of shared projects and goals among its members,exploting the multiplier potential of the network and the inter-professionalism characterizing it. COPEAM activities are structured around 7 working commissions and Audiovisual Heritage commisssion is one of them. AHC works around the setting up of projects devoted to the promotion, the safeguard and the digitization of the audiovisual archives of the Euro-Mediterranean broadcasters, with the purpose of preserving and entaching the audiovisual heritage of the region.
MAKING A STORY FROM ARCHIVES CONTEST – being aware of the major role that archives play in building a common memory, the objective of the contest is to encourage the creative use of the archives among the young people via production of works promoting a larger mutual understanding of societies and cultures trough images and sounds from the past,able to corvey a strong message.
The contest is addressed to young professionals ,from 18-40 years old, internal to the broadcasters of the Balkan’s region that are active members of COPEAM. The main topic to be developed is CULTURAL HERITAGE ,thus offering the public an understanding of what heritage means for young generations, what is considered as fundamental in building up cultures and societes,what kind of aspects of the past can contribute to create the collective memory of the region. This topic is in line with COPEAm current priorities and has a great added value ni the perspective of 2018, the European Year of Cultural heritage
Croatian Radiotelevision, a member of COPEAM since the foundation of the association, is also one of the initiators of the Contest Making a Story From Archives and the sponsor of the first Award Ceremony.