Organisation profile: IAWG

Today we look at one of the organisations running the conference, the IAWG:

The International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG) will celebrate 25 years of mutual support and collective action at the inaugural World Conference of Screenwriters.

Founded in response to the globalization of film and television production, its initiatives are guided by six basic rights contained in The Writers Charter, adopted by Affiliation members in 1986:

  1. The right to be acknowledged, legally, morally and contractually, as the author of one’s work;
  2. The right to complete freedom of expression and communication, and freedom from any form of censorship;
  3. The right to maintain the integrity of a work and to protect it from anydistortion or misuse;
  4. The right to fair payment for all uses of a work;
  5. The right to have the work published or produced solely on the basis of its merit, without regard to any form of invidious discrimination which shall include but not be limited to age, color, gender, marital status, national origin, physical or emotional instability, race, religion, sexual orientation, social or political affiliation or belief of the writer;
  6. The right to form unions or guilds entitled to bargain and act collectively for their members.

Believing that these rights are fundamental to the dignity, integrity and well-being of writers, it is the policy of the Affiliation to work for their attainment around the world. It strives to achieve creator-focused copyright laws, the participation of writers in the preparation and production of their work, protection from outside claims of authorship, the maintenance of distinct cultural identities of each country, opposition to censorship in any form, the free movement of writers in and between all nations, and to assist in the establishment of conditions that will free the writer’s imagination and fulfill his or her capacity for creative expression.

The IAWG includes representatives from the Australian Writers Guild, the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild, the New Zealand Writers Guild, the Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinema (Québec), the Writers Guild of America, East, the Writers Guild of America, West, the Writers Guild of Canada and the Writers Guild of Great Britain. Associate members include the Sección de Autores y Adaptadores de Trabajadores de la Producción Cinematográfica (Mexico) and the Union-Guilde des Scénaristes (France).

It also works with UNI-MEI Global to identify and assist emerging film and television production communities.

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