Students from 17 countries to graduate in Cuban cinema school HAVANA, July 2th The International Film and Television School is located in San Antonio de Los Baños, about 30 km from Havana inaugurated in 1986  by Nobel Prize Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

A total of 43 students from 17 countries are set to complete their studies at the prestigious International Film and Television School, according to the institution.

Students from Venezuela, Spain, Brazil, Panama, Denmark, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Italy, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Colombia, Honduras and Cuba will make up the 25th graduating class of the School.

As each year, the thesis evaluation committee is comprised of renowned personalities and audiovisual professionals including the likes of Argentines Herman Musaluppi and Paula Markovich, Chileans Matias Bize and Julio Cesar Rojas, French cinematographers Jacques Comets, Jean Perret and Damien Sueur.

The group’s graduation is scheduled to take place on July 22 and will feature a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the academic center.

When Garcia Marquez, Argentine poet and filmmaker Fernando Birri and Cuban filmmaker Julio Garcia Espinosa wanted to create a film school for students from Latin America, Africa, Asia, they had the full backing and support of Fidel.

Often referred to as the “School of All Words” by Cubans, the school works with the New Latin American Film Foundation and is today considered one of the top institutions of its kind in the region.

The school adopts a guiding principle of “learning by doing” and offers a number of workshops on various topics as well as a prestigious regular course of three years.