LUX Prize winner "Les neiges du Kilimandjaro" to be screened after the SAA Conference on remuneration of audiovisual authors

LUX Prize winner "Les neiges du Kilimandjaro" to be screened after the SAA Conference on remuneration of audiovisual authors

A screening of 2011 LUX Prize winner Les neiges du Kilimandjaro will follow the conference “Audiovisual authors online – seizing the digital revolution” held by the Society of Audiovisual Authors on November 29th. Following the publication of the SAA White Paper on Audiovisual Authors’ Rights and Remuneration in Europe in February 2011(you can read ithere), which proposes a creative solution to enforce audiovisual authors’ making available right, this conference will be a unique occasion for SAA member societies, industry partners and politicians to discuss the place of authors in the European audiovisual value chain, how to increase the availability of European works online and the solutions to guarantee audiovisual authors a fair remuneration for the on-demand exploitation of their works.    
 
Authors are at the heart of audiovisual works. They then rely on the work of a long chain of other actors to turn their project into cinematographic reality and to reach the audience. New technologies and new ways of distributing content are providing new opportunities for authors to make films, communicate them and to be remunerated in ways which were previously impossible. However, such opportunities are never without their challenges.
 
With the participation of authors of the SAA board of Patrons and the support of representatives of the main political groups in the European Parliament, and following hot on the heels of the European Commission’s Green Paper consultation on the distribution of audiovisual works online, this conference brings together multiple stakeholders to look at the evolution of the sector and how audiovisual authors fit into it. Among them, authors’ collective management societies are essential partners of the audiovisual authors to make it possible for them to benefit from the digital revolution. 
 
Luigi Berlinguer (Italy, S&D) vice-chair of the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee will be opening the conference.  Helga Trüpel (Germany, Greens), vice-chair of the Culture Committee will moderate an introductory discussion with a group of audiovisual authors looking at how they fit into the audiovisual value chain.  This will be followed by two roundtables.  The first hosted by Piotr Borys (Poland, EPP), rapporteur of the recently adopted report on European Cinema in the Digital Era, will look at how we can get more European works online.  The second, moderated by Cecilia Wikström (Sweden, ALDE) of the Legal Affairs Committee will present creative solutions to follow up on the afternoon’s previous discussions.
 
Full information on the conference and the screening and how to register can be found here.