The “Ricardo Larraín Law” which grants substantial rights to screenwriters and directors in Chile, has been signed by the country’s president, Michelle Bachelet. This historic victory for audiovisual authors took place on the 10 October during the opening ceremony for the Valdivia International Film Festival. It is the culmination of two year’s work by the National Society of Authors of Theater, Film and Media (ATN-Chile), Writers & Directors Worldwide and CISAC.
The new law (designated number 20.959) is the first of its kind in Latin America and will fundamentally change the landscape for the country’s audiovisual creators by granting them a right to remuneration. For the first time, local screenwriters and directors of cinema and TV productions will receive a royalty from the reuse or rebroadcast of their work.
This matters because the process of bringing a production to the screen is long and uncertain, and the ability to earn a fair livelihood from their back catalogue often makes the difference between continuing as a creator and being forced to leave the industry.