13 Nov 2009

FERA General Assembly Meeting on 11, 12 and 13 June, 2009 in Budapest (Hungary)

Over 60 film and TV Directors representing 27 countries met at the annual General Assembly in Budapest  and called for a Common European contract “which sets out the rights and responsibilities of the audiovisual director”. “This is not about money, it’s about keeping alive the unique voice of European film in world culture” said István Szabó, President of FERA since 2008.

FERA is the key defender in Europe of the economic and creative rights of audiovisual directors.

Film, in the 21st century, is a crucial part of the aesthetic expression of European identity, tradition and culture; it unites us in a way that transcends language. FERA wishes to be part of the mission to communicate these values and heritage to a new generation.

Like other industries, the audiovisual industry faces challenging economic times. FERA believes that the director, who has always had to balance the creative demands with the economic realities of filmmaking, is the key to facing this challenge. However, we need to explore new models of distribution in order to give European film greater visibility among audiences around the world.

Creative authorship is a vital area of growth today, but the internet increases the need to re-establish the link between a work, his or her author and the audience. FERA supports the Director’s vision and the daily struggle to maintain the integrity of their work.

Full General Assembly Press Release available at:

FERA GAM Budapest PressRelease June 2009

Press links:

FERA GAM on Cineuropa

FERA GAM on Variety