10 Oct 2013

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) held its Annual Assembly on September 27th-29th at the British Film Institute on London’s South Bank, hosted by Directors UK.

Three days of discussion opened with a talk from freethinking US producer Ted Hope on opportunities for filmmakers in the digital era, followed by a stirring defence of artistic independence by Honorary President Alan Parker: “If you don’t think you can make a difference, you shouldn’t be making films,” declared Sir Alan, to strong conference approval. Summarising the mood, new FERA Chairman Hakan Bjerking said, “Filmmakers must be prepared to defend their vision and their rights, even against the powerful.”

Download the General Assembly Statement here: