More than 60 audiovisual creators and experts travelled to Brazil this week for the 2016 Writers & Directors Worldwide Congress. The three-day event was organised in partnership with CISAC with the support of ABRAMUS, ADAL, ARGENTORES, DAC, DBCA, GEDAR and Order of Attorneys of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro (OAB-RJ).
The packed agenda began with an open meeting and screening at the Museu Histórico Nacional that was moderated by Writers & Directors Worldwide President Yves Nilly and featured OAB-RJ Director of Culture and Events, Paula Vergueiro; CISAC Vice President, film director and DAC President Marcelo Piñeyro; Colombian director, Pepe Sánchez; ATN Vice-President, Silvio Caiozzi; SFP-ZAPA Vice-President, Dariusz Gajewsky; DBCA President, Sylvio Back; screenwriter and director, Antonio Carlos da Fontoura and Croatian Film Directors Guild (DHFR) President, Danilo Serbedzija.
This was followed by a historic ceremony in which the first Brazilian screenwriters’ society, Gestão de Direitos Autorais de Autores Roteiristas (GEDAR) was inaugurated and received its first payment of foreign authors’ rights.
On the second day, the congress welcomed the Brazilian Secretary of the Economy of Culture, Dr Claudio Lins de Vasconcelos with keynote speeches from Yves Nilly and CISAC Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Santiago Schuster.