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.
An increasing number of performers' unions have decided to deliver awards to their most celebrated members through the organisation of prize ceremonies. FIA's Czech affiliate recently shined with the organisation of the Thalia Prizes and reminds us what political weight such an event can give to the union. Read more.
FIA recently organised, jointly with FIM and UNI-MEI, a workshop in Mumbai, India. The theme of this event was the improvement of workers’ conditions in the Indian film industry, with a special focus on the state of Maharashtra. Various topics have been discussed such as contractual practices, intellectual property and working conditions. A future three years project is likely to take shape.
The first EuroFIA meeting of 2013, kindly hosted by Equity, UK, took place in Edinburgh from April 13 to 15. Delegates from all around Europe gathered in the capital of Scotland to discuss about the evolutions of the situation of performers at national, European and international levels. Read more.
Simon Crean, the Australian Federal Arts Minister, recently announced a significant boost to the national cultural policy. The funds allocated to the new ‘Creative Australia’ policy reach $235 million. At a time when many governments use the crisis as a pretext to reduce or cut their investment in public funding of culture, Australia appears as a model for others to follow.
In the backdrop of the devastating consequences caused by Hurricane Sandy, Cuban FIA member UNEAC reaches out to the Federation’s affiliates to ask for support in these times of reconstruction. Read more and send a donation.