Posts Tagged ‘vote’

Venice Declaration

3rd September 2018 by Maura McHugh

165 European screenwriters and directors call on the European Parliament to adopt the Copyright Directive

On the occasion of the 75th Venice International Film Festival, 165 screenwriters and directors across Europe have come together in the “Venice Declaration” to call on the European Parliament to adopt legislation that puts authors at the heart of copyright and of the European cultural and creative industries, including online.

On 12 September, the members of the European Parliament will adopt the Parliament’s position on the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. After several delays, this vote is the last chance for a final adoption of this much-needed Directive before the European elections. It will determine the future for audiovisual authors; if they will have a chance to receive fair and proportionate remuneration for the use of their works across the EU in a near future or if will they be left behind for another decade.

Filmmakers in Venise selections Jacques Audiard, Joachim Lafosse, Mike Leigh, Laszlo Nemes and Pierre Schoeller, EP LUX Film Prize finalists Benedikt Erlingsson, Wolfgang Fischer and Mila Turajlic, as well as Iciar Bollaín, Costa-Gavras, Matteo Garrone, Agnieszka Holland, Daniele Luchetti, Laura Morante, Cristian Mungiu, Sir Alan Parker, Stefan Ruzowitzky, Lone Scherfig, Volker Schlondörff, Paolo Sorrentino, Paweł Pawlikowski, Bertrand Tavernier, Paolo Taviani, Fernando Trueba, Margarethe von Trotta and many others across Europe signed the Venice Declaration. Most of them already signed the FERA/FSE/SAA petition supported today by more than 18,700 signatories from over 100 countries worldwide.

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“We, audiovisual authors, absolutely need this Directive to be adopted on time: to ensure freedom of expression and independence of creators as well as authors’ rights. The principle of fair and proportionate remuneration, improved measures on the transparency of the exploitation and contract adjustment mechanism will make a big difference. With these provisions, the Directive will improve our position in the industry.”

Hustings about Arts Policies

16th February 2016 by Maura McHugh

Ireland’s media is alight with General Election 2016 coverage, and there are hustings being organised up and down the country. Some have a focus on asking politicians direct questions about their parties’ arts policies. Keep an eye out for ones in your area.

Here’s a few to attend:

  • The Galway West Branch of the NCFA will host a Hustings event from 11am, on Wednesday, 17 February at The Mick Lally Theatre.
  • The Cork South-West branch of the NCFA has arranged a public meeting with Dáil Candidates from 6.30pm on Thursday 18 February at the Clonakilty Community Arts Centre.
  • The NCFA: Hit the Hustings will be held in the National Gallery of Ireland’s Lecture Hall, in Dublin from 12.30pm – 2pm on Friday 19 FebruaryRegister online here.

The National Campaign for the Arts has a useful page on its web site regarding Party Policies and Manifestos: General Election 2016.

And please take the time to vote on Friday, 26 February!

Vote in today’s referendum

22nd May 2015 by Maura McHugh

Polling stations are now open in Ireland so people can vote on the following referendum proposals:

  • The Marriage Referendum, WHITE ballot paper: In this referendum, people may vote on the proposal to include a new clause about marriage in the Constitution. This new clause provides that two people may marry each other regardless of their sex.
  • The Age of Presidential Candidates Referendum, GREEN ballot paper: In this referendum, people may vote on the proposal to reduce the age at which candidates are eligible for election to the office of President from 35 to 21.

We encourage all our members to vote today and be part of our political process.