The Ibero-American Audiovisual Observatory ( Observatório Ibero-Americano do Audiovisual — OIA) is a repository of key statistic information about films and about the cinematographic and audiovisual production in the Ibero-American countries.


  • On the 26th of November 2008, in Montevideo (Uruguay), Portugal, represented by the Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual (ICA), presented in the XVII Extraordinary Meeting of The Conference of Ibero-American Cinematographic Authorities (Conferência das Autoridades Cinematográficas Iberoamericanas - CACI), a proposal for the creation of an Ibero-American Audiovisual Observatory ( Observatório Ibero-Americano do Audiovisual — OIA).

    According to the minutes of that meeting, ICA prepared a project for the creation of the observatory containing the objectives, an economic study and a questionnaire template, to be appreciated by the authorities represented on the CACI.

  • On the 8th of July 2009, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, ICA presented the general guidelines of the project that were approved by the authorities present in the XVIII ordinary meeting of CACI.

  • On the 7th of July 2010, in Lisbon, Portugal, the Portal OIA was presented: An integrated and interactive online platform, with the objective of collecting and providing information (legislation and statistical data). The functioning and broad lines of the Portal OIA were also presented. On the same occasion, it was also presented the questionnaire for data collection that would be applied in the same year.

What is the CACI?

  • The Conference of Ibero-American Cinematographic Authorities (CACI) is an international agency for the Ibero-American region, specializing in audiovisual and cinematographic production.

  • t was created on November 11th, 1989 with the signing of the Ibero-American Cinematography Integration Agreement (Convénio de Integração Cinematográfica Ibero-americana), and it's composed of the the following 22 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

  • The aim of the CACI is the development of the cinematographic field within the audiovisual sphere of the Ibero-American countries, and integration through an equitable participation in the regional cinematographic activity.

  • In order to achieve this, members are committed to join efforts in:

- Supporting initiatives for the cultural development of the people of the region, within the cinematographic and audiovisual sphere;

- Harmonising the national policies of its members on cinematographic and audiovisual production;

- Searching for solutions to the problems of production, distribution and exhibition in the region;

- Preserving of regional cinematographic heritage;

- Enlarging the market for cinematographic products in whichever means of delivery, through the adoption in each country of norms tending to the constitution of a common Ibero-American cinematographic market.

General Guidelines of OIA

  • The primary purpose of the OIA is the gathering, evaluation, processing, systematization and diffusion of key information for the cinematographic and audiovisual sectors of CACI member countries, having the European Audiovisual Observatory (OEA) as a reference.

  • This project has the objective of acting systematically, collecting information from CACI member countries regarding:

- Matters of national legislation, international programmes and funding, agreements, protocols and international conventions;

- Cinematographic and audiovisual production;

- Cinematographic distribution and exhibition;

- television and DVD markets.

  • The information to be published is relevant to the planning of actions, for the decision-making process and for the evaluation of policies inside the Ibero-american sphere. The main targets are politicians, professionals in the sector, specialised media and analysts, among others.

  • Once the information is gathered, evaluated and processed, it is published on the OIA’s website.