May

25

2016

Europe’s Audiovisual Future – welcome progress on promotion of European works

Catalogue quotas, prominence requirements and possible financing commitments for VOD all welcome steps forward in promoting European creation in the digital era.

The Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for an amending Directive of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). This is a first step but an important milestone in the development of the EU’s cultural policy. SAA calls on the Council and European Parliament to be even more ambitious.

SAA fully supports two proposed revisions: the requirement for VOD services to include European works in their catalogues and ensure their visibility; and, in order to put an end to unfair competition, the capacity for Member States to apply the same financial contribution rules to services based outside their borders but targeting their citizens.

SAA is convinced that these two proposals will help create a fair and balanced market for both European works and Europe-based distributors. Regulatory forum shopping, used by some distributors when establishing headquarters in countries with weaker audiovisual regulation, should no longer be a competitive advantage.

SAA calls on the Member States and MEPs to consolidate these commitments and be more ambitious on the promotion and financing of European works. In particular, the Directive should set higher targets for the presence of European works on VOD platforms. The proposed 20% catalogue quota is insufficient. Broadcasters are required to have 50% of European content and, according to a recent study by the European Audiovisual Observatory, VOD platform catalogues are already made up of 30% European works.

SAA also wants the Council and European Parliament to be vigilant that the amending Directive does not weaken the integrity of audiovisual works and the moral rights of their authors. Among the proposed relaxation of advertising rules, SAA opposes the possibility of interrupting films every 20 minutes.

Chair of the SAA board of Directors, Barbara Hayes said: “The quotas in the AVMS Directive have helped European drama to breakthrough outside of national borders – making Europe’s audiovisual sector more competitive internationally and demonstrating our talented screenwriters and directors. Their extension to video on demand services is vital.”

SAA Executive Director, Cécile Despringre said: “SAA is resolutely supportive of any coherent regulation that creates a level playing field for audiovisual services. Operators in the same market need to be subject to the same rules, including on financial contributions.”

Press contact: James Taylor, j.taylor@saa-authors.eu, +32 495 73 42 90

About SAA

Founded in 2010, the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) is the association of European collective management organisations representing audiovisual authors. Its 29 members in 22 countries manage rights for over 120,000 film, television and multimedia European screenwriters and directors.

The organisation’s objectives are:

- to defend and strengthen the economic and moral rights of audiovisual authors;

- to secure fair remuneration for audiovisual authors for every use of their works;

- to develop, promote and facilitate the management of rights by member societies.

www.saa-authors.eu @saabrussels

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May

13

2016

CLEMENCY FOR KEYWAN KARIMI

Keywan Karimi is a 30-year-old Iranian filmmaker who has been sentenced by Iranian authorities to six years in jail and 223 lashes. His crime: practicing his profession as a filmmaker and showing the unofficial face of Iranian society.

A graduate from the University of Tehran, Keywan Karimi has studied communication and social sciences and participated in film directing workshops in Germany, Thailand and Russia. His short film Broken Border has received awards at various international festivals.  His last feature film, Writing on the City, is a documentary about graffiti and street slogans written on Tehran’s walls from the time of the 1979 revolution until the social movements of 2009, Karimi has no intention whatsoever to be provocative with this film, but it does symbolize today both his courage and the need for freedom of speech.

On the occasion of this 69th Festival de Cannes, we, filmmakers and professionals solemnly ask the Iranian authorities to grant clemency to Keyman Karimi.

We also ask all other governments to intervene on his behalf with the Iranian authorities. Time is running out.

It is completely unacceptable that through the simple act of expressing his artistic and critical outlook, Karimi should be on the list of artists, journalists and private citizens whose freedom – if not their life itself – has been taken by the Iranian authorities.

In the past, the Islamic Republic of Iran signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966. Today, we deeply regret that Iran, a country with such a rich legacy, is turning its back on its own culture and history.

Cannes, May 13, 2016

ACCADEMIA DEL CINEMA ITALIANO - PREMI DAVID DI DONATELLO
ADAL – LATIN AMERICAN AUDIOVISUAL DIRECTORS ALLIANCE
ARP – SOCIETE CIVILE DES AUTEURS REALISATEURS PRODUCTEURS
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA – MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE D’ARTE CINEMATOGRAFICA
LA CINEMATHEQUE FRANÇAISE
DAC – DIRECTORES ARGENTINOS CINEMATOGRAFICOS
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY
LE FESTIVAL DE CANNES
FERA – FEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES REALISATEURS DE L’AUDIOVISUEL
GROUPE 25 IMAGES
SAA – SOCIETE DES AUTEURS AUDIOVISUELS
SACD – SOCIETE DES AUTEURS ET COMPOSITEURS DRAMATIQUES
SCAM – SOCIETE CIVILE DES AUTEURS MULTIMEDIA
SFCC – SYNDICAT FRANÇAIS DE LA CRITIQUE DE CINEMA
USPA – UNION SYNDICALE DES PRODUCTEURS AUDIOVISUELS
W&DW – WRITERS AND DIRECTORS WORLDWIDE

BLOC – BUREAU DE LIAISON DES ORGANISATIONS DU CINEMA :
ACID – ASSOCIATION DU CINEMA INDEPENDANT POUR SA DIFFUSION
APC – ASSOCIATION DES PRODUCTEURS DE CINEMA
DIRE – DISTRIBUTEURS INDEPENDANTS REUNIS EUROPEENS
GNCR – GROUPEMENT NATIONAL DES CINEMAS DE RECHERCHE
LA GUILDE FRANÇAISE DES SCENARISTES
SDI – SYNDICAT DES DISTRIBUTEURS INDEPENDANTS
SFA-CGT – SYNDICAT FRANÇAIS DES ARTISTES INTERPRETES
SFAAL – SYNDICAT FRANÇAIS DES AGENTS ARTISTIQUES ET LITTERAIRES DE L’AUDIOVISUEL
ET DU SPECTACLE VIVANT DRAMATIQUE
SNAC – SYNDICAT NATIONAL DES AUTEURS ET DES COMPOSITEURS
SPFA – SYNDICAT DES PRODUCTEURS DE FILMS D’ANIMATION
SPIAC CGT – SYNDICAT DES PROFESSIONNELS DES INDUSTRIES DE L'AUDIOVISUEL ET DU CINEMA
SPI – SYNDICAT DES PRODUCTEURS INDEPENDANTS
SRF – SOCIETE DES REALISATEURS DE FILMS
UNEVI – UNION DE L’ÉDITION VIDEOGRAPHIQUE INDEPENDANTE

SAA | Society of Audiovisual Authors - CLEMENCY FOR KEYWAN KARIMI
April

26

2016

World IP Day – Authors’ Rights and Copyright

The 26th April is world intellectual property day. Authors’ rights and copyright are forms of intellectual property and are vital on two levels for screenwriters and directors. Firstly they are moral rights which protects the authors’ vision and the integrity of their work. Secondly they are essential to the remuneration of audiovisual authors.

For more information on screenwriters’ and directors’ rights and remuneration see SAA’s white paper (executive summary in English and French)

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April

18

2016

Les Cinéastes Invitent ... Magnus von Horn

On the occasion of the premiere of his new film "The Here After", L'ARP, Cinéma des Cinéastes, SAA and Nour Films are very happy to organise an exceptional evening around Swedish director Magnus von Horn, as part of our series of screenings "Les Cinéastes invitent… l’ami européen".

The ARP, the Cinéma des Cinéastes, the SAA and Nour Films
are delighted to welcome Magnus von Horn on Monday 2nd May at 8pm to present "The Here After" and to have a discussion, led by an ARP film-maker, with the director after the screening. The event will take place at the Cinéma des Cinéastes in Paris.

The aim of these evenings (this is the 22nd edition) is to encourage exchanges between France and other European countries.  This is done through the premiere of a film, followed by a debate with the director on both artistic aspects of the film as well as the specific nature of the different types of European cinema: financing conditions and aids to film in the country concerned, the circulation of the films outside France, issues related to coproductions and authors' rights...

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April

14

2016

SAA elects new board, chair and vice-chair

SAA’s General Assembly elected a new board in Brussels on 13th April, with ALCS’s Barbara Hayes (UK) re-elected as chair and SACD’s Patrick Raude (FR) being elected vice-chair.

The newly elected board is:

The members thanked outgoing board members VG Bild-Kunst (DE) and SABAM (BE) and the board placed on record their thanks to Robert Staats of VG Wort who stepped down as vice-chair.

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March

17

2016

Les Cinéastes Invitent ... Tom Geens

On the occasion of the premiere of his new film "Couple In a Hole", L'ARP, Cinéma des Cinéastes, SAA and Le Pacte are very happy to organise an exceptional evening around British-Belgian director Tom Geens, as part of our series of screenings Les Cinéastes invitent… l’ami européen.

L'ARP, Cinéma des Cinéastes, SAA and Le Pacte
are delighted to welcome him on Monday 21st March at 8pm to present "Couple In a Hole" and to have a discussion, lead by Pierre Schoeller, with the director after the screening. The event will take place at the Cinéma des Cinéastes in Paris.

The aim of these evenings (this is the 21st edition) is to encourage exchanges between France and other European countries.  This is done through the premiere of a film, followed by a debate with the director on both artistic aspects of the film as well as the specific nature of the different types of European cinema: financing conditions and aids to film in the country concerned, the circulation of the films outside France, issues related to coproductions and authors' rights...

SAA | Society of Audiovisual Authors - Les Cinéastes Invitent ... Tom Geens
February

24

2016

Congratulations to Berlinale winners!

The winners of the 2016 Berlinale were announced on 21st February. SAA congratulates them all with a special mention for patron Danis Tanovic who took the Silver Bear for his film Death in Sarajevo.

The full list of winners is here

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