ISC participates in the 1st International Congress on Authorship Rights of Cinematographers in Huelva, Spain - 2004
Indian Society of Cinematographers President Ramachandra Babu, ISC and General Secretary Sunny Joseph, ISC attended the 1st International Congress on Authorship Rights of Cinematographers held at Huelva, Spain 12 – 14 November, 2004. Being the Associate Members of IMAGO ( European Federation of Cinematographer Societies ) Indian Society of Cinematographers along with 27 other National Societies also took part in the General Body Meeting of IMAGO held on 12 November, 2004 at AC Hotel, Huelva.
This being the First Cinematographers Congress it was a great opportunity to meet Cinematographers from various nations and interact with them. We were able to establish friendly relationship with office bearers of many National Societies who evinced much interest in the Indian scenario, as India is the largest producer of feature films in the world. Many of them showed keen interest in coming to India and collaborate with us.
This Congress was of much importance to ISC as we had earlier conducted The ISC-KODAK National Seminar on the theme of "Cinematographer as a co-author of Cinema" at Thiruvananthapuram, KERALA, on 16th December 2003, as part of the International Film festival of Kerala, 2003. Many cinematographers, film makers, film students and film lovers enthusiastically participated in the event. The whole session was vibrant with passionate discussions. Eminent Film Directors Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Krzysztof Zanussi, Sethumadhavan, and Cinematographers Piotr Jaxa, P.C. Sreeram, ISC and Anil Mehta, ISC participated in the discussions. Shankar Dutta of Kodak moderated the discussions.
Also the ISC was in the forefront in supporting the statement by Conrad Hall, ASC on Humane working conditions in the Film Industry. In this Congress also there was much discussion about this and ISC representatives were part of a committee for finding ways and means to eradicate this practice which compromises our creative ability as well as the health and well being of every member of the crew.
At the conclusion of the Congress a Declaration was made which is given below:
1st International Congress on Authorship Rights of Cinematographers in Huelva, Spain - 2004
In November 1999, during the Camerimage Film Festival celebrated in Torún (Poland), Cinematographers from 22 National Associations publicly claimed through the "Torún Declaration", the recognition of their status as co-authors of cinematographic and audiovisual works. This has been another step in the international process of consciousness in relation to the creative work of cinematographers.
At the 1st International Congress on Authorship Rights of Cinematographers in Huelva, November 2004, representatives of 28 National Societies have reached the following conclusion:
Cinematographic and audiovisual works are recognized worldwide as work of artistic creation and therefore are protected by intellectual property laws according to the applicable international legislation.
The cinematographic and audiovisual work is the result of the contribution of several creators.
The artistic contribution of the cinematographer in the creation of moving pictures is always essential for the result of the
cinematographic and/or audiovisual work.
The cinematographer is always author of cinematography and in every case co-author of the cinematographic and audiovisual works.
The cinematographers gathered in the 1st International Congress on Authorship Rights of Cinematographers in Huelva, claim the specific recognition of our status as full co-authors of cinematographic and audiovisual works, and we require from the public authorities to provide for all necessary means to guarantee our protection and effective participation in any and all benefits generated by these works.
All the associations represented in this Congress agree to take all necessary actions, both national and internationally, through IMAGO (European Federation of Cinematographers), in order to obtain the universal recognition of cinematographers as co-authors of cinematographic and audiovisual works.
Cinema is moving pictures. Without pictures there is no cinema.
Huelva, 14th November, 2004
IMAGO General Body Meeting
IMAGO Members at the General Body Meeting, Huelva
1st International Congress on Authorship Rights of Cinematographers in Huelva
Seated (L to R ) Porfirio Enriquez ( Director Of Huelva Cinema Festival ) Tomas Pladvall ( AEC President) , Tony Costa AIP( IMAGO Vice President ), Andreas Fisher-Hansen DFF ( IMAGO President) and Paul Rene Roestad ( IMAGO General Secretary )
Porfirio Enriquez, Director - Festival de Cine Iberoamericano , Huelva receiving a Memento
Ramachandra Babu, ISC, Tony Costa AIP( IMAGO Vice President ) Sunny Joseph, ISC
Committee discussion on Working Conditions
Peter Dubovits,HSC, Fritz Maeder,SCS, Gerad Kaczek , Kurt Brazda ,AAC, Ramachandra Babu,ISC
Roberto Girometti, AIC ( President, Italy ) and Ramachandra Babu ISC
Sunny Joseph, ISC and Fritz Maeder, SCS
The delegates of the European National Associations at the Huelva Congress (Casa Colón)