Inaugural Award Recognises Exceptional Contributions to the Protection of Audiovisual Authors’ Rights
Colombian congresswoman, Ms. Clara Rojas, has become the first recipient of the annual “Writers & Directors Worldwide Honour Prize”. The award was made by the organisation’s president, Yves Nilly, at its annual congress in Rio de Janeiro today and celebrates the exceptional contributions made by non-authors in the fight to promote and protect the rights of audiovisual creators.
Over the past 10 months, Ms. Rojas has campaigned tirelessly for a vital change in the law that for the first time will allow Colombian audiovisual creators to receive an equitable share in the success of their work. The so called “Pepe Sanchez act”, named after the award winning screenwriter and director, passed its first and second readings in the Colombian House of representatives during the past three months. The act has been driven throughout this process by local authors societies Directores Audiovisuales Sociedad Colombiana (DASC) and Red Colombiana de Escritores Audiovisuales (REDES) with international support from both Writers & Directors Worldwide and the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC).
Once it receives final approval in the senate, the act will modify the Colombian author’s rights law of 1982 by adding a right to remuneration for screenwriters and directors from the public broadcast of their works.