On-The-Move (OTM), a cultural mobility network of which FIA is an active member, is conducting a survey on issues of social security and taxation arising with mobility. Both artists and cultural organisations can reply to the online questionnaire which will help OTM highlight and analyse the obstacles and problems in this field. Find out more about OTM and answer to the questionnaire before November 04.
American FIA affiliate SAG-AFTRA has published a report on the working conditions and professional outcomes for LGBT performers. It appears that discrimination against LGBT actors still persists to a certain extent in the USA, with nearly half of the lesbian and gay respondents strongly agreeing that producers and studio executives believe that lesbian and gay performers are less marketable. Read the report.
FIA co-organised a conference at the European Parliament on October 2nd, 2013, to put a spotlight on the report on artistic freedom by UN Special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Fareeda Shaheed. FIA used this opportunity to put forward demands reflecting its members contributions to this report as they keep committed to defend the right to freedom of expression for performers. Download the report and demands.
In the wake of the assassination of greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a member of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, FIA condemns this hideous crime, urges the Greek Prime Minister to fight against the rising political extremism in Greece and recalls the importance of respecting performers’ freedom of expression worldwide. Read FIA’s Statement here.
On June 26 and 27, SAG AFTRA and Actors’ Equity hosted the 2013 Executive Committee of the International Federation of Actors in New York. The meeting gathered delegates from around the world and was the occasion to discuss key issues at the international level such as the ratification of the Beijing treaty or the organisation of a FIA world live performance conference. Two resolutions were adopted. Read more.
The Latin American group of the International Federation of Actors (FIA-LA) gathered in São Paulo, Brazil from April 28 to 29, 2013. The meeting, kindly hosted by SATED/SP, was a new opportunity to strengthen the group’s ties and to sharpen its strategic roadmap. This event took place in parallel to a joint seminar with UNI-MEI’s Latin American membership, aiming to define the guidelines for a new triennial project on the protection of audiovisual workers. Read more and download the six motions adopted by FIA-LA.
Joint statement by FIA, FIM and UNI-MEI concerning the recommendations by Mr Vitorino on the future of private copying levies
On January 31st 2013, Antonio Vitorino published his recommendations resulting from the Mediation on Private Copying and Reprography Levies, which had been ordered by Commissioner Barnier. FIA, jointly with FIM and UNI-MEI, reacted to this report with a critical statement. Read more and download the FIA, FIM and UNI-MEI position.
The African group of the International Federation of Actors (AfroFIA) met in Johannesburg from April 30th to May 1st, 2013. Many important subjects such as the increase of FIA’s membership in Africa, gender equality or the ratification of the WIPO Beijing treaty were discussed. The meeting was also the occasion to discuss the future FIA triennial project in Africa. Read more.
For the anniversary of the Chilean performers law, SIDARTE, the Chilean actors union, broadcasted a video called “Soy actor soy trabajador” (I am an actor I am a worker). Video campaigns are useful communication tools and are increasingly used by FIA affiliates and the federation itself. Read more and watch the videos.