Strengthening Guilds

Strengthening Screenwriters guilds and unions

A priority policy goal for FSE has been, and will continue to be, capacity building for existing member guilds, as well as encouraging and supporting the establishment of new guilds where they do not yet exist.

This goal was established as a priority task for FSE in its three-year plan 2015 to 2018, adopted by the General Assembly in 2015.

A basic goal is to ensure that FSE is as representative of Europe’s screenwriters as possible.

Of the 28 Member States of the European Union, only 18 have guilds which are members of the FSE.

Encouragingly, new guilds have been established by screenwriters in Slovenia and Croatia and recently in Estonia. However, there clearly is considerably more work to do on this task and FSE will work to encourage the establishment of new guilds.

Capacity Building

Capacity building for members also continues to be a priority issue for FSE. Working with colleagues in the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) and UNI-MEI, and funded by Directorate General for Employment of the European Commission, we have been undertaking training in Collective Bargaining and establishing information facilities, such as a comparative database of audiovisual creators’ contracts, as useful tools for those guilds who wish to embark on collective bargaining.

Exchange of Experience

Information exchange has also been important in capacity building. FSE provides occasional newsletters, social media and extensive bi-lateral and multi-lateral meetings to facilitate exchange of experience.

In recent years, meetings of the FSE Executive Committee have been held at the invitation of member guilds and have included Madrid, Gdynia, Paris, Berlin, Ljubljana, etc. and which have included meetings with national guild’s members.

Strengthening and improving communication between member guilds will remain a high policy priority over the next years, particularly in the context of the implementation of recent European Union Regulations and Directives and the reviews of extant legislation, such as the Digital Rights Management (DRM) Directive.

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News on Strengthening Guilds

FERA-FSE-UNI MEI Hold Second Online Workshop “Building a Collective Bargaining Campaign”


FERA, FSE and UNI MEI held the second online workshop “Building a Collective Bargaining Campaign” of the joint project “Strengthening Collective Bargaining for Audiovisual Creators” (CBW) on September 21, 2021.

FERA-FSE-UNI MEI Online Workshop “From Representation to Bargaining: Engaging the Members’ Base


FERA, FSE and UNI MEI held the first online workshop “From Representation to Bargaining: Engaging the Members’ Base” of the joint project “Strengthening Collective Bargaining for Audiovisual Creators” (CBW) on June 8, 2021.

FSE supports the Slovenian Film Community


Joint statement from several European organizations to support the Slovenian film community facing disastrous governmental pressure as public film funding is blocked.

Joint Film and Audiovisual Sector COVID-19 Statement


The audiovisual sector could play a major role in the healing and recovery process after the COVID-19 worldwide crisis – but only if its basic infrastructure can be saved. 98 organizations & companies call for urgent financial support now and in the months to come.

Authors’ Organisations Joint Statement on COVID-19 Crisis


As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages our societies, including the cultural and creative sectors, authors’ organizations stand in solidarity with all those affected by the virus and we support measures taken to contain it.

Being a screenwriter: a real job, not a hobby!


FSE member guild representing screenwriters in Italy, WGI-Writers Guild Italia, denounces the deterioration of contractual conditions in a press release published on 25 November.

Transparency Triangle


A short video to explain why the so-called “Transparency Triangle” of the Copyright Directive opens up opportunities for collective action for audiovisual creators.

MEDIA must support audiovisual creators


Audiovisual authors’ organisations urge the European Institutions to stand in favor of creators by supporting European networks of audiovisual creators within the future Creative Europe Programme.

FSE elected new president


German screenwriter Carolin Otto, elected new FSE president at the 18th annual general assembly of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe in Amsterdam on 11 October 2019, will focus her mandate on the Implementation of the Copyright Directive.

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