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Screenwriters want to be independent from producers

09 November 2009 / 12:11:06  GRReporter
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Kremena Koutsoukou

Globally screenwriters want to be independent of producers. They want to cooperate better with them but they do not want any interference in their copyright rights, because they want to take advantage of the new distribution methods in today’s digital reality. Shortly these are the main conclusion from the first World Screenwriter Congress in Athens.

“Just the fact itself that this congress is taking place, is historic. More than 30 countries are represented, more than 20 artists are present, who either have won prestigious prizes or have been nominated for one. This fact shows the advantage of this forum. The decision made here will be highly supported by many authors,” said for GRReporter NATVIZ rector and president of the Bulgarian Film, TV and Radio Association Prof. Dr. Stanislav Semerdjiev. The Bulgarian representative at the forum was among the leaders of the first debate of the congress called “Working with Directors”.

Over 160 screenwriters from all over the world met in Athens, in order to define their role in the new global cinema reality. They spoke about trends in productions, cooperation between screenwriters and producers, violating copyrights, new distribution methods and their consequences for screenwriters. Screenwriters want to have a good relationship with producers but they want to find their independency.

Many famous people were present, among who were David Simone (The Wire, Generation Kill), Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy), JJ Abrams (Lost), Guillermo Arriaga (21 Grams, Babel), David Mamet (House of Games, The Verdict, Wag the Dog), Alan Ball (American beauty) and many more. The international meeting was organized by Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Center in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Institute for Optical and Acoustic means. 

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