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Directors and authors representatives, as well as industry stakeholders from a dozen of European countries gathered in Ljubljana to discuss audiovisual authors’ rights and remuneration challenges. 

The opportunities to bring more fairness to industry practices presented by the September 2016 EU Commission second copyright package were examined, from fairer remuneration in contracts, to pragmatic solutions for authors’ to share in the economic success of their works, like the introduction of an unwaivable authors’ right to remuneration for the online uses of audiovisual works, or the necessary improvements of the retransmission remuneration right and its implementation. 

A stimulating and fruitful exchange brought forward a strong will to act together to rebalance the EU copyright regime towards fairer terms for authors like directors and screenwriters, who are at the very heart of the audiovisual industry. 

FERA Chair Dan Clifton commented:  "As audiovisual Authors, we welcome the proposals by the European Commission to develop greater transparency and fairer remuneration for authors.  We now look forward to working with the European Parliament and Council of Ministers to strengthen these proposals and ensure they have real teeth."

The FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) workshop « Copyright in the Digital Single Market : Audiovisual authors’ need for fair and proportionate remuneration »  took place in Ljubljana on February 2-3 2017. It was hosted by Slovene members DSR (Directors Guild of Slovenia) and Zavod AIPA, and organized in association with SAA (Society of Audiovisual Authors) and FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe).

Press release, 7 February 2017

Audiences with various types of disabilities will this year for the first time have the opportunity to attend selected screenings, debates and ceremonies at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, which will take place in Prague from 6 – 15 March. The festival team in cooperation with expert organisations will open up part of the programme to the blind and partially sighted, the deaf and hard of hearing, audiences with mental disabilities and reduced mobility. One World will thus become the first festival in the Czech Republic to systematically remove barriers faced by various groups of people.  

"We work with a broad concept of human rights, as stated in the Universal Declaration," said festival director Hana Kulhánková. "According to the Declaration everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of their community.” The initiative to open up the festival and make it accessible is called One World for All and in the first year it will apply only to a selected part of the programme. 

"Last year at an international meeting of documentary film festival organisers, which regularly takes place during One World in Prague, we talked about what large festivals are missing and what needs to be improved," said Kulhánková. "We discovered that the main thing is accessibility for people with various disabilities, so we decided to address that this year."

"Making the festival more accessible is also in keeping with the theme of the festival, which is the Art of Collaboration," Kulhánková continued. "We are trying to accommodate all groups of audiences and to give them the widest possible access to our festival. No other cultural event in the Czech Republic has taken such a comprehensive approach."

The deaf watch Hollywood and cannot access Czech films

There are more than a million people with disabilities in the Czech Republic, representing a huge potential audience. But large cultural events are open only to some of them. Many film and music festivals are today accessible only to people with reduced mobility, for example. But there are also around a half million people living among us with hearing impairments, of whom some 15,000 were born with impaired hearing, and almost 8,000 are completely deaf, whose mother tongue is sign language. They are dependent on interpretation or special subtitles, neither of which is necessarily available at most cultural events in the Czech Republic. 

"Most large festivals in the Czech Republic unfortunately do not offer interpretation, so it's hard for the deaf to participate in cultural life to the same degree as everyone else,"said Zuzana Hájková, a Czech sign language translator. "The deaf don't go to Czech films in the cinema simply because there are no subtitles. This pushes us away from Czech culture and that's a real shame. That's why most of us love American or foreign films."

Openness is not common at Czech cultural events even for people with mental disabilities, which is about 3% of the population. "For these people it is difficult just to get their bearings in the various festivals, to buy a ticket and arrange for someone to accompany them,” said Camille Latimier, director of the Association to Support People with Mental Disabilities. “They often therefore go to events that someone else has chosen for them, usually where the person accompanying them wants to go. For this group of people it is very helpful when things like the festival programme, the ticket reservation system and getting around at the venue itself are simple and easy to navigate. On top of that, in our experience these are things that everyone ends up appreciating."

One World opening ceremony this year also in sign language

Selected texts on the website and in the One World 2017 film catalogue will be adapted into a special easy-to-read format and the festival team including volunteers will be trained in communicating with people with special needs. Special attention will also be devoted to making the cinemas easier to navigate. In addition, One World is attempting to remove, or at least reduce, barriers in the cinemas where the festival films are screened. The festival opening ceremony in the Lucerna cinema and the ceremonial presentation of the Homo Homini Award for human rights at the Prague Crossroads will be interpreted into sign language, including the musical parts of the programme. Audiences will also be able to watch one of the panel debates in sign language as well as Q&As following documentary films featuring special subtitles. These were created in cooperation with representatives of groups for the deaf and hard of hearing for the films Children Online, Normal Autistic Film, Good Postman, Dil Leyla a Seeing Voices. The first two of these will also feature audio description for the blind and visually impaired. This will also accompany an exhibition of photographs taken by blind photographers from the film Shot in the Dark at the Audience Centre in the Lucerna Gallery. 

Some of the cinemas in which One World will screen films are equipped with an induction loop. But not all cinemas use the system, even though it is an important tool allowing the hard of hearing to better understand the films. "An induction loop is an electronic device installed in the cinema or at the box office that makes it easier for hearing impaired audiences to receive sound from the film and understand what they are watching," explains Mariana Chytilová, coordinator of One World for All.

One World will also include deaf, visually impaired people and people in wheelchairs among its volunteers who are helping to run the festival.

Audience members with a disability ID card will receive a 50% discount on all screenings. The person accompanying them will receive the same discount.

This year's festival programme also features a whole range of films about people who must overcome certain types of barriers and come to terms with the restrictions that society sees as a handicap. These films will help regular audience members understand their situations.   

"The handicap does not originate with the disabled person, but from society that creates barriers," said Mariana Chytilová. "The attempt to create an open environment is ultimately not only advantageous for people with disabilities, but for everyone – for parents with prams, for seniors or for people who don't speak Czech." One World traditionally offers afternoon screenings for seniors with reduced ticket prices and this year for the first time also a baby-friendly screening in which the lights are not completely dimmed, the volume is not as loud and children not expected to be quiet.

All information about the screenings and the accompanying programme open to specific groups is available in an easy-to-read format at www.jedensvet.cz/jsprovsechny(only in Czech language and Czech sign language). After Prague, One World for All will for the first time also be applied in other festival cities in the Czech Republic.

Contacts for the media: 

Festival PR coordinator Zuzana Gruberová, zuzana.gruberova@jedensvet.cz+420 770 101 158

Director of the Association to Support People with Mental Disabilities Camille Latimier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.+420 605 043 315

Solidarity Instead of Flowers: European Film Academy Turns 30
As part of the section Berlinale Special, the Berlinale and the European Film Academy present THE TRIAL: THE STATE OF RUSSIA VS OLEG SENTSOV
Premiere at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in the presence of Imprisoned Director’s Cousin, Lawyer, Producers and Friends

In May 2014, the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was involved in supporting the Euro Maidan protests in Kiev and who has opposed the annexation of Crimea by Russia, was arrested by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) in his house in Simferopol (Crimea). More than one year later, and at the end of what Amnesty International described as “an unfair trial in a military court” Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in jail for having committed “crimes of a terrorist nature”.

In his documentary Askold Kurov investigates the truth behind this political show trial. Were the witnesses for the prosecution placed under duress? What effect did detention and the trial itself have on the accused and his family? The film also documents the solidarity shown to Sentsov by filmmaking colleagues such as Agnieszka Holland, Ken Loach and Pedro Almodóvar, and by the European Film Academy, which is beginning its 30th anniversary year with this screening in order to campaign once more for Oleg Sentsov’s release.

The screening will be followed by a short conversation including EFA Chairwoman Agnieszka Holland, Oleg Sentsov’s cousin Natalya Kaplan, his lawyer Dmitrii Dinze, the film’s director Askold Kurov and producers Max Tuula, Maria Gavrilova and Dariusz Jabłoński. Moderation: Mike Downey, Deputy Chairman of the EFA Board.

Berlinale Special
THE TRIAL: THE STATE OF RUSSIA VS. OLEG SENTSOV
Premiere: SAT 11 FEB 15.00 Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Tickets to buy will be available three days in advance.
Further details and ticket information
#ReleaseOlegSentsov

Berlin, 7 February 2017

Dear Colleagues & Friends,
just a few days before the grand opening let us answer you the question
What´s Slovak in Berlin 2017?

GENERATION KPLUS
LITTLE HARBOUR by Iveta Grófová SK, CZ 2017

COMPETITION
SPOOR by Agnieszka Holland PL, DE, CZ, SE, SK 2017

BERLINALE SPECIAL
A PROMINENT PATIENT by Julius Ševčík CZ, SK 2016

BERLINALE TALENTS
welcomes MARTA PROKOPOVÁ

The GWFF collective society scholarship grant for RADKA BABINCOVÁ

See our newsletter here: Newsletter to read / Newsletter for download 

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More information at What´s Slovak in Berlin 2017?

We very much look forward to seeing you at EFM, MGB stand no.137!

Rasto & Alexandra & Imelda & Soňa

National Cinematographic Centre / SLOVAK FILM INSTITUTE
www.sfu.sk  | www.aic.sk 

Disover more about Czech films at Central European Cinema, Stand No. 137, Martin-Gropius-Bau.

“I would like to see young film-makers think about their projects on a global scale right from the very beginning, so that the films they create are universal and can conquer audiences not only in Poland, but also in Europe, and maybe even the whole world. We clearly have many talented people to be proud of. Film Lab Warszawa–Berlin was born to promote the work of the Warsaw’s film scene. Where else could we do so, if not during one of the most prestigious industry festivals and markets, EFM Berlinale?”—says the originator and co-ordinator of the program, Agnieszka Sękowska, the President of the Przestrzeń Filmowa foundation.

Film Lab Warszawa–Berlin has been the latest educational project of the Przestrzeń Filmowa foundation, carried out since December 2016. The foundation invited young film-makers from Warsaw who (have brought into existence at least two short films—out of which at least one, falling into the category of documentary, animated, or feature film, has already been presented on festivals) were planning to develop and finalise their first or second full-length film in the years 2017–2018 to participate in the program.  

Four of the best pitchers, selected by the Polish commission, were chosen to go to the 67. Berlinale and European Film Market a part of the 67 IFF Berlinale. to get a grasp of its behind the scenes. Everybody will also have the opportunity to talk to the film-makers from 10 to 15 February 2017.

But first, the initial selection was made by foreign judges: Alex Traila and Diane Malherbe.

“I’ve made every endeavour to ensure that the project would be truly international from its starting point. The jury comprising experienced experts, international festival selectors and industry consultants, guaranteed a fresh, independent look at the submitted ideas”—Sękowska explains.

The selected directors and producers participated in an intensive two-day pitching workshop with Aleksandra Leszczyńska, expert in development and financing of film projects and young film-makers’ coach.

As a high point of the workshop, the participants were given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to Polish industry professionals.

Renowned film producers, Stanisław Dziedzic and Zuzanna Król, together with the sales agent Katarzyna Siniarska listened to eight pitches, and chose four they thought were the best:

  • „Inwardness”, drama—pitched by Grzegorz Jaroszuk and Kamila Kuś

Logline: Inwardness is a journey of self-discovery in the course of which main character realizes that awareness only bring pain.

The project will be represented in Berlin by Grzegorz Jaroszuk.

  • „Arkadia Stadt”, sci-fi—pitched by Roman Przylipiak and Tomasz Morawski

Logline: A new Berlin Wall separates the rich from a wave of chaos and anarchy that has been flooding Europe.

Tomasz Morawski, producer, will go to the city of the Golden Bears.

  • „YouTuber”, mockumentary—pitched by Joanna Satanowska and Alicja Jagodzińska

Logline: While a chicken-hearted eternal student will do anything—including jumping off a skyscraper—just to become famous on YouTube, his witty sister thinks her celebrity-wannabe brother might be a topic better suited for her own documentary.

The producer, Alicja Jagodzińska, will promote their project in the German capital.

  • „Volterra”, drama—pitched by producer Marta Lewandowska, film directed by Jacek Borcuch. The project will be represented in Berlin by Marta Lewandowska.

Logline: Growing refugee crisis pushes Maria, nobel prize laureate and moral authority to make a controversial public statement, the consequences of which she would never have expected.

“Nowadays, self-promotion is key to everything. To achieve international success, apart from talent and knowledge, every author should get the chance to acquire theoretical and practical skills to find their way in the international world of co-producers, distributors, and sales agents. We provided our participants with professional knowledge and all the necessary tools to reach their goals.”— says Agnieszka Pyrkowska responsible for the promotional part of the project.

We wish the very best of luck in Berlin to all our film-makers!

The project is co-financed by the capital city of Warsaw.

Strategic partner: Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission

The project is co-promoted by the following institutions: Wajda School, StoryLab, Warsaw Film School, Polish Film-makers Association, FILMPRO, Warsawholic

Przestrzeń Filmowa is the main organiser of the Film Lab Warszawa–Berlin program. This Warsaw-based foundation runs various film workshops and is responsible for the Polish edition of the 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT.

For updates and news about the project please visit us online: www.przestrzenfilmowa.org and www.facebook.com/przestrzenfilmowa

European Parliament 
17/01: Antonio Tajani elected as European Parliament President – European Parliament website and  EPP website
Antonio Tajani was elected president of the European Parliament on 17 January, succeeding Martin Schulz. Tajani, an Italian member of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) group and vice-president of the Parliament, received 351 votes in the fourth and final round of voting.

  • 19/01: Who's who: overview of the people in charge of Parliament – European Parliament website
    The infographic presents who was chosen for Parliament's vice – presidents and quaestors, who together with the President make up the bureau, which takes decisions on matters of internal organisation for the institution.
  • 23/01: Is Antonio Tajani the leader Europe needs? – The European Parliament magazine
    Antonio Tajani has won the hotly -contested race to become Parliament’s new President, though not all were pleased, reports Martin Banks. 

European Audiovisual Observatory

  • 16/01: Poland Takes Over European Audiovisual Observatory Presidency – FNE
    Poland is taking over the European Audiovisual Observatory's presidency from the Czech Republic as the Observatory is launching the celebrations of its 25th anniversary with a new logo.
  • 27/01: Boosting European films on VoD – what’s EU law got to do with it? – EAO website
    The report explores the regulatory context, sets out international and European obligations as well as national frameworks, considers self- and coregulatory tools and case-law, and provides an outline of the main aspects of the current reform of the AVMSD in this field. 

Geo-blocking

  • 24/01: Geo-blocking: The Culture Committee calls for policy makers to protect Europe’s cultural diversity – CW! website
    CW! rejects amendments suggesting the inclusion of non-audiovisual copyright into the material scope of the proposed regulation for Geo-Blocking and the inclusion of audiovisual services into the review clause, so that the Geo-blocking Regulation does not achieve the opposite of its intended goal.

Creative Europe – MEDIA

  • 23/01: Open Public Consultation in relation with the evaluation of the Creative Europe-MEDIA programme – EC website
    The consultation aims to gather comments and perspectives on the relevance of the Creative Europe programme's objectives, the effectiveness of the measures taken to achieve them and the efficiency of their implementation, and covers three strands of the Creative Europe programme, namely the Culture sub-programme, the MEDIA sub-programme, and the Cross-sectoral strand.

 Events 

  • 02/03: EUIPO Conference on Copyright Enforcement, Malta 16/03: European Audiovisual Observatory Advisory Committee Meeting, Strasbourg 15-16/06: Digital Assembly, Malta - more inf

Press release, 30 January 2017

Theresa May's announcement of a "hard Brexit", Trump's victory in the presidential election and the strengthening of the radical right, the reluctance of European countries to work together in dealing with migration. It seems as if our society is losing a much-needed ability to collaborate.

That's why the 19th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival wants to remind us of the value of collaborative effort and sharing. At a time of populist rhetoric, negative discussions on social networks and a flood of "fake news", collaboration is a positive way to respond to a divided society facing a crisis of values.

"Collaboration is mainly communication and sharing," said Hana Kulhánková, who is the director of the One World Festival. "We have become accustomed to the word share meaning quickly forwarding a post on Facebook that we did not even read properly. Let's go back to the original meaning of the word share. It means to give, to be willing to deny oneself something and consider the consequences of one's choices on others."

"Collaboration is not a given," she continued. "It's an ability that is gradually learned. Lately, however, collaboration has become an art that only a few have mastered."

The slogan of this year's festival campaign is The Art of Collaboration. It is a concept from the field of contemporary art, which has inspired One World and places it into a society-wide context. "We chose a very positive sounding slogan, because Czech society has for a long time been receiving rather negatively worded messages," Kulhánková said.

The festival campaign was prepared by the creative studio Ideamakers from Ústí nad Labem in collaboration with graphic designer Tomáš Trnobranský. "The fundamental idea behind the campaign is to understand the act of manual labour as a means of social interaction and socialising," said Miroslav Hašek of Ideamakers. "The ability of helping someone or let someone to help us, working together and collaborating is not something that we see as a moment of weakness, but as one of the crucial moments of survival."

Examples of collaboration or its absence can be seen across the whole festival programme, which this year includes over 110 films. This year's new categories are Vote for Change! focusing on populist movements and civil society activists who have brought the need for change into the political arena. Migration remains a major theme for videographers and filmmakers in the past year, and therefore another new programme category is Dreams of Europe – films about refugees on their way to Europe as well as those who, after encountering the European reality, awake from a naive dream. In collaboration with the reSITE architectural and urban platform, the Faces of the City category was created following the relationship between people and the urban environment. The Family Happiness category meanwhile presents the western family and its importance in an individualised society. Traditional programming categories will again include Who Is Normal Here?, So-called Civilisation, The Power of the Media, Panorama, and One World for Students and Docs for Kids. In a special screening, videos by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty on the borders of reportage and short documentary will be presented.

One World this year also introduces a new Czech Competition category, which aims to promote the screening of Czech documentaries at international festivals, from among whom a jury will be selected in this competition category.

One World 2017 will be held from March 6 to 15 in Prague and then will visit 32 other cities in the Czech Republic and Brussels. The town of Semily has newly joined the festival family.

The festival programme and international guests will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lucerna Gallery in Prague.

More information and downloadable versions of this year's visuals can be found at www.jedensvet.cz.

Media contact: Zuzana Gruberová, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel.: +420 770 101 158.

Four Georgian films have been selected to participate in one of the most prestigious film festivals around the world – the Berlin International Film Festival. This is the first time so many Georgian films have been screened at one of the world’s leading film festivals. The selected Georgian films will be screened as part of the following sections:

  • "My Happy Family" directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross (Polare Film) – Forum;
  • "City of the Sun" – a documentary directed by Rati Oneli (Oneli Film Association Ltd) – Forum;
  • "Hostages" directed by Rezo Gigineishvili (20 steps productions) – Panorama;
  • "Li.le" – an animated film directed by Natia Nikolashvili (20 steps productions) – Generation

The Georgian National Film Centre will present an exhibit stand of Georgia at the European Film Market organized within the frames of the Berlinale; and it is the 12thtime an exhibit stand of Georgia has been displayed at the European Film Market. 

It should also be noted that the focus of the Berlinale Co-Production Market this year is among others on Georgia; the Berlinale Co-Production Market is an event annually attended by about 600 leading filmmakers – film directors and producers from around the world. Through the brochures distributed among the guests, they will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the activities of the Georgian National Film Centre and raise awareness of the Georgian filmmaking industry.

Within the frames of the Berlinale Co-Production Market, the Georgian National Film Centre plans to organize a reception, enabling the guests to attend a presentation about the Georgian film industry and get acquainted with Georgia as an attractive location for filmmaking. In addition the guests will meet the crews of the Georgian films screened at the Berlinale and watch a promotional video about the Georgian film industry. 

Besides, Georgia will be one of the five countries chosen to participate in a special country session, where the participant countries, with the help of a moderator, will share their expertise and achievements in the field of filmmaking with the audience. 

And Finally, Georgia plans to organize an event within the Berlinale Film Festival and invite Georgian and foreign guests attending the Film Festival.